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Amendment To Ban Greyhound Racing On November Ballot

Published on 6/4/2018 by Nada Blassy

Supporters of an amendment to ban greyhound racing in Florida launched their campaign Monday at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, with several grassroots speakers and Republican Senator Dana Young.

Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is an online campaign that is working to inform voters about what they call the cruelties of dog racing.

Greyhound racing ban backers start campaign on offense

Published on 6/2/2018 by Peter Schorsch 

As we enter the dog days of Summer, the battle lines are forming over Amendment 13, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban greyhound racing in Florida.

Now that we’ve seen the initial moves from each side, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a long, tough campaign for supporters of the dog racing industry.

Greyhound racing ban heads to voters

Published on 4/16/18 by Jim Rosica 

Florida voters will decide whether to outlaw greyhound racing under a proposed constitutional amendment approved Monday.

The proposal (P6012) was passed by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) on a 27-10 vote; it needed at least 22 votes.

Poll: Florida voters favor Greyhound racing ban

Published on 3/20/2018 by Marc Caputo

MIAMI — Florida voters look ready to ban greyhound racing by a supermajority vote, according to a new survey that shows the issue fares better at the polls if people identify the proposal with animal welfare instead of gambling.

New Seminole County rules for racing greyhounds frequently broken, records show

Published on 1/9/2018 by Mike DeForest

LONGWOOD, Fla. - Less than a year after a Seminole County ordinance began requiring racing greyhound owners and trainers to report certain information to the county about their dogs, a News 6 investigation has found that the new rules are frequently broken.

Conflicting reports detail Sanford Orlando greyhound racing injuries

Published on 1/12/2018 by Mike DeForest

Investigation finds discrepancies in mandatory injury reports

Rescue worker claims racing Greyhounds injured, euthanized or forced to become blood donors

Published on 2/8/2018 by Terri Parker

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Florida is one of six states that still allows greyhound racing, but for the first time, a proposal may be headed to voters to let them decide whether to end a betting sport that critics say is cruel to dogs.

Faced with that possibility, the founder of Elite Greyhound Adoptions is leveling accusations of cruelty and neglect against the industry that she said she’s witnessed firsthand for almost 15 years.

Greyhound Racing And Drugs

Published on 3/2/2018 by Karol Orzechowski

Among other cruelties, a report finds that the greyhound racing industry is plagued by doping and people who violate the rules are rarely, if ever, punished.

Cocaine gives Greyhound racing a black eye

Published on 3/14/2018 by Greg Cima

Racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine or cocaine metabolites about 230 times in the past 20 years, according to state and court documents.

The Racing Laboratory at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine has analyzed more than 700,000 race-day urine samples since July 1998. Among the substances found during that time, cocaine and two metabolites—benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester—constitute one-fifth of the violations. The total number of cocaine-related positive test results may be higher when the state publishes data covering July 2016 through June 2017, a period during which complaint documents show dogs tested positive at least 29 times. Samples are collected before or after races.

Voters will decide the fate of greyhound racing in November

Published on 4/16/18 by First Coast News

The Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) has approved eight revisions to be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot, including greyhound racing.

If the public votes to end dog racing, it would phase out by Dec. 31, 2020, according to the CRC. However, 60 percent of voters would have to approve it for the constitutional amendment to go into effect.