Good news this week. The media has flashed a scattering of pieces across the web of late, on the end of greyhound racing. Some of the articles basically go into the possibility that the market could ultimately spell the end.
It would be a bit of justice for the unpopularity of the industry to finally lead to its downfall. And the dog racing insiders know it. They are battling hard for the few states that still allow dog racing to continue to actually require that it exists. These insiders know that without a coupling of casinos with dog tracks, the industry would crumble into the basement of history.
The Associated Press ran a story Wednesday reporting on a “couple dozen” people at a recent race at the 7,000-seat Flagler Dog Track in Florida. And the owner is quoted in the article as saying on a so-called “good day”, only about 100 people attend.
So some of the elected officials in the state of Florida continue to fight to force casinos to hold events that are extremely unpopular. I’ll ask it again – What other industry, especially one so unpopular and one dipped in a history of dog deaths and abuses, enjoys a total protection to exist from states?
Why are these same elected officials not fighting for struggling stores or other industries to get these unparallelled and unprecedented state protections and subsidies and requirements that they get to remain in operation, no matter what?
AP has a news video posted about the coupling issue in Florida. Coupling – or requiring casinos hold dog races to operate as a casino is one of the most idiotic laws in the nation. And those who argue against the effort to shut down dog racing as a gambling option – with the claim that the effort is a push to expand gambling – are dizzy beyond words.
The Washington Post offered a review Wednesday from the AP on the current states that still allow dog racing.
As we see more from the national media and local media sources, we can only hope more people will be educated as to the horrors of greyhound racing.
But while the trend is moving in the right direction in most areas, in New Hampshire, some elected officials are trying to push the state backward.
The SentinelSource.com ran an article July 5 with the following troubling paragraph:
A local man who plans to open an off-track betting parlor helped lobby the N.H. Legislature to pass a law not only allowing, but requiring, live horse racing to return to the community if his business gets up and running.
So the state legislature has passed a law requiring that he gets to operate his business. Where is the state offering equal protection for other businesses?
And then we have this from the story:
During the 36 months Faucher has to open a racetrack, New Hampshire officials would escrow the taxes collected from simulcast wagering at Hinsdale OTB, according to state law.
That money would fund certain parts of live horse racing, including supervision of the races, judges, stewards and labs for tests, which can be expensive, McLaughlin said.
So am I reading this right? – Taxes collected will go back to the business, to fund the very business where the taxes are collected from?