It is very possible we could see an end to greyhound racing in Iowa. If the state legislature acts on a movement drop the requirement that casinos hold dog races, it will be a day to celebrate for the dogs.
Of course, the greatest news of all for greyhounds, would be an end to racing in Florida, by far the biggest problem-state on this issue in the country.
The Des Moines Register updated the story on Tuesday, reminding readers that the two greyhound tracks in the state get “$14 million in annual subsidies from Iowa casino profits.”
Since 1986, betting has dropped 97 percent the Mystique in Dubuque and Bluffs Run Greyhound Park in Horseshoe Council Bluffs. So an industry suffering this steep a decline in business and one with a history of abusing and neglecting animals and one very, very few people support is getting $14 million that could go to programs to help those in need. Or it could into education.
It is stunning that this much money is being handed over to dog racing. This realization should have come to light many, many years ago. But hopefully, the current state legislature will be the one to do the right thing.
The includes a section where concerns are expressed about the loss of jobs if dog racing is shut down. Are these people thinking about this. Some of that $14 million in subsidies can help the unemployed with job training or some of these people can be hired into the casino operations. It’s called – using your brain.
The Bad News
An elected official says there needs to be an agreement between the casinos and greyhound racing industry. Good luck with that. But maybe reason will prevail. And what about the citizens of Iowa being in on this? And is the welfare of the dogs being considered?
A big Pack Mentality shout-out goes to Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa (R-Council Bluffs), who supports shutting down greyhound racing.
Then it seems the attorney for the Iowa Greyhound Association wants the state to remember what he claims are the contributions made by dog racing. What contributions? – Dogs caged 20 hours a day? Dogs killed when they are no longer profitable? The reports of abuse? The inbreeding that leads to physical problems and cancers later in life?
The industry has a horrible record of contributions.
I am troubled by the images of how the dogs are living at the greyhound farm depicted in this news video and by the gap we see in news reports in general on this subject, as the welfare of the dogs and history abuse is left out of the reporting.
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Support for the end of dog racing is growing
The Washington Times ran a story Tuesday under the headline “Support grows to end greyhound racing in Iowa.”
In the article, state Senate President Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque) is quoted as saying, “This simply isn’t working any more. If this were any other business in the private sector, it would have been shut down a long time ago.”
And then we have the following from the story that supports my contention above:
Casino lobbyists say the number of greyhound industry jobs is grossly inflated. Leaders for both casinos say they would try to accommodate laid-off track employees.
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