Deaths at the Dog Tracks in Florida

One Greyhound died every three days at Florida's tracks last year. Lawmakers are pushing to end the sport.

Legislators, including Rep. Matt Gaetz of Shalimar, are sounding off on greyhound racing on the heels of a Report showing 74 Greyhounds died at Florida's dog tracks last year. “Let’s have a laser focus and constant focus to end the practice of greyhound racing.”

There are twelve active dog tracks in the state. That number is more than half of the active tracks nationwide.

Cary Theil is Grey2K USA Executive Director. “They’re dying for an activity that no one’s betting on, that the track owners don’t want to do, and the track owners are losing money on. That doesn’t make any sense and it’s time for a change.”

Florida law requires a business with a gambling license to operate a dog track. Lawmakers are trying to separate the gaming and racing.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel's bill would require dog tracks to make injury reports public. She says reporting is step 1 to doing away with the sport. “I hope it does lead to decoupling of the industry in Florida. I believe that racing dogs, as Representative Matt Gaetz said, is horrific, and we need to end it.”

Rep. Jared Moskowitz/(D) Coral Springs has another bill would decouple tracks from gambling all together. “We should really be pushing for decoupling of this issue so that we can stop the racing of greyhounds. Let me be clear: this issue is a silent holocaust.”

The Florida Greyhound Association is opposed to expanding the injury reporting rule. The group says preventing injuries starts with updating track conditions.

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