Heading to the finish line of Florida’s cruel greyhound racing industry

Published on 8/6/18 by Stephen Wells

The stakes couldn't be higher: This November, Floridians should have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 13, a historic ballot measure that would prohibit the cruel "sport" of greyhound racing throughout the state. ("Should" because of an ongoing legal battle — more on that below.)

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.

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.

Florida greyhound racing ban effort gets $1.5 million donation from celebrity Doris Day

Published July 27 by George Diaz

The push to ban greyhound racing in Florida just got a huge financial boost from celebrity Doris Day, a long-time animal activist:

A $1.5 million check supporting Amendment 13, which would prohibit pari-mutuel operations from racing greyhounds or any other dogs for wagering. The amendment on the November ballot would phase out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020.

Racing greyhound owners challenge Seminole ordinance

Published on 6/26/18 by Mike DeForest

SANFORD, Fla. - Two racing greyhound owners are asking a judge to invalidate a 2016 Seminole County ordinance that requires them to report injuries to their dogs, obtain licenses and notify the county's Animal Services division whenever the animals are transferred from the Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club outside the county.

Scott Bennett and Jimmy Goodman sued the county last year claiming county commissioners overstepped their legal authority by approving the ordinance, known as the Greyhound Protection Act.

‘Protect Dogs’ drops new video on greyhound industry

Published on 6/25/18 by Florida Politics

Advocates for a ballot initiative to put an end to dog racing have released a video to bolster their claim that “greyhounds are confined for as much as 23 hours per day at Florida racetracks.”

The 1-minute, 33-second YouTube video, titled “Greyhound Racers Can’t Handle the Truth,” was posted on Monday by the Protect Dogs — Yes on 13 group.

Greyhound racing-ban group releases first wave of endorsements

Published on 7/5/18 by Jim Rosica 

The Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign Friday announced endorsements from over 20 local animal groups.

The group is promoting passage of Amendment 13, put on the November ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).

The proposal, which needs no less than 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution, aims at ending commercial dog racing in the state. In Florida, live dog racing is still conducted at 12 tracks.

Anti-racing advocates call attention to greyhound hauling

Published on 7/6/18 by Jake Stofan

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Four months before voters decide whether to end greyhound racing in Florida, a group supporting the ban is pointing to repots of eight dogs who died while being transported, but dog breeders say their track record speaks for itself.

Litter-mates Butternut and Chickasaw were two years old when they died after getting loose from their trainer and running a lap around the Orange Park Dog Track.

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.