Florida Votes ‘No’ On Greyhound Racing

The 2018 midterms were a historic moment, with record numbers of Americans turning out for either side of the aisle.

But humans weren’t the only species to chalk up big wins on Tuesday. Dogs, in particular Florida greyhounds, found themselves soon-to-be liberated from the dangerous practice of dog racing.

Florida’s Amendment 13 called for dog-racing to be abolished by 2020 -– and 5 million voters agreed. “We are very happy,” said Sherry Silk, CEO of the Humane Society, which championed the bill. “I’m glad the dogs won.”

Racing dogs are roundly overworked, mistreated, and spend long periods of time in a cage. According to Silk, racing dogs die — on average — every three days.

And while opponents claim the passage of Amendment 13 will cost millions of dollars in lost business, other described a “sport” already on the decline, with only a handful of dog racing tracks still operating around the country.

The bulk of America’s remaining dog tracks are actually in Florida, so when the Sunshine State’s working canines retire in 2020, we’ll be that much closer to ridding the entire union of this woebegone trade. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, this is definitely a win for animal rescue.

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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