Breaking: Legislative bill filed in Florida to protect racing greyhounds

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File this story under the heading – Really good news – But not really good enough.

The Miami Herald reports two elected officials – Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) and Rep. Kevin Rader (D-Boca Raton) of Floria – have introduced the the Greyhound Safety Act, a state bill that should strengthen protections for racing greyhounds.

It is a solid step forward, but what the dogs need is a complete ban on greyhound racing – or at least a decoupling bill that will end the requirement that the racinos hold races. With a decoupling, the facilities can completely drop greyhound racing.

Currently, one of the most idiotic laws on the United States requires the gambling sites to hold so many races per year. Did I say it was idiotic? No – it’s more than idiotic.

The article notes the bill includes a provision that would ban those “convicted of a felony for animal cruelty, child abuse, aggravated assault or battery from obtaining a license or permit from the Division of Parimutuel Wagering …”

The bill also contains requirements for safety upgrades and reporting injuries to the dogs.
Again, it’s all good. But banning the horrible industry altogether or at least allowing the tracks to drop it, is a far better solution.
With this bill, dogs will still suffer and die on a regular basis, as we’ve seen in the reports of deaths over the last year at Florida tracks.
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