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Governor Carcieri Seeks End to Dog Racing, E-mails Needed
Tomorrow, there will be a hearing on Governor Carcieri’s proposal to end dog racing in Rhode Island!
Last year, the Governor vetoed a bill that would have called for the doubling of required dog racing days in the state and he is now seeking to end this cruelty altogether. Read the latest story and then please thank Governor Carcieri for his commitment to the state and its greyhounds.
Please contact your lawmakers today and ask for their support of the Governor’s “supplemental budget proposal” and for SB 2101, our stand-alone bill to end dog racing sponsored by Senator Lou Raptakis. Passage of either measure will spare over 1,000 greyhounds from exploitation at Twin River.
Background: As reported previously, Rhode Island’s only dog track declared bankruptcy and announced the voluntary end to dog racing as of August 8, 2009. However, current licensing law mandates that the track offer 125 days of live racing each year, so legislation is needed in order to prevent the resumption of dog racing before a possible start-up date in April.
To identify your lawmakers, click here. Remember to contact your state “Senator in General Assembly” and your “Representative in General Assembly,” not your federal lawmakers. Ask them to vote to end dog racing now.
Once Twin River ends dog racing, there will be just six states remaining where dog racing is legal and operational. We are committed to ending dog racing in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia as well. Please help spread the word about these campaigns by ordering a campaign bumper sticker, button or t-shirt today. Every purchase directly supports our efforts to end dog racing.
For the greyhounds,
Christine Dorchak and Carey Theil
P.S. GREY2K USA is now on Twitter! Follow us to get the latest news on our continuing campaign to end dog racing nationwide—as it happens.