Thanks to Doris Day for endorsing the Protect Dogs - Yes on 13 campaign to phase-out dog racing in Florida!
In 1931, Florida became the first state to authorize pari-mutuel wagering on dogs, and it is now home to eleven of the seventeen dog tracks nationwide. Racing dogs are kept confined in small, stacked cages for 20-23 hours a day and fed a diet based on raw 4-D meat. Over the past decade, over 400 greyhounds have tested drug-positive at tracks across the state, including 68 cocaine-positives. When let our of their cages to race, these gentle dogs face the risk of serious injury and death. In fact, according to state records, a dog dies every three days at a Florida racetrack.
GREY2K USA Worldwide is now sponsoring Amendment 13, a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit dog racing. This voter question will appear on the ballot in November 2018 and is also sponsored by the Doris Day Animal League and The Humane Society of the United States. If successful, thousands of dogs will receive the second chance they deserve and dog racing in the satellite states of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia will be negatively impacted as Florida is truly the heart of the dog racing industry.
By law, the holders of dog track licenses are required to offer at least 100 live racing performances each year. In Fiscal Year 2016, there were a total of 3,369 performances each comprised of 8 to 15 races, amounting to 44,364 total races.1 It is estimated that 7,000 greyhounds are housed at track kennel compounds across the state.2
Greyhound racing in the state is regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In May 2013, GREY2K USA lobbied successfully for an animal welfare rule that contained several greyhound provisions and required that all greyhound deaths that occur at track facilities be reported.3 Additionally, a Seminole County ballot question resulted in regulation which requires Sanford Orlando Kennel Club to report all greyhound injuries. However, Florida remains one of two states, along with Alabama, where greyhound injury reporting is not mandated.
In Fiscal Year 2016, the total amount gambled on live racing at Florida dog tracks was $87,003,278.4 This amounts to a decline of 56.6% since 2006.5