I am happy to announce a major advance in our fight to end dog racing in Arizona.
Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1282, making full greyhound injury reporting the law of the land in Arizona! That's right, moving forward, the Tucson dog track must now share full information about the injuries and deaths suffered by greyhounds while racing. SB 1282 was the last bill the Governor signed into law this session.
Over the objections of the Arizona Department of Racing and thanks to the hard work of Representatives John Kavanagh and Ethan Orr with the strong support of House Speaker Andy Tobin, Tucson Greyhound Park must now open its records to the public. Additionally, lawmakers removed dangerous language from the original draft of the bill which would have silenced citizen action for the greyhounds by giving the Arizona Department of Racing supreme authority over racing. Governor Brewer then improved the bill even more by redirecting $1.2 million in Greyhound Breeder Awards to fund child safety programs.
The new statute requires that the following information about injuries be disclosed:
- a greyhound's registered name, right and left ear tattoo numbers, and microchip number and manufacturer;
- the owner, trainer and kennel operator's name;
- the color, weight, and gender of the greyhound;
- where the injury took place on a race track or other area;
- if the injury occurred while the greyhound was racing, the race track where the injury occurred, along with the distance, grade, race and post position when the injury occurred; the weather conditions, time, temperature, and track condition when the injury occurred; the specific type of injury, the cause of the injury, the estimated recovery time, and the location of injury on the greyhound.
Thanks to your help, we were able to pass an initial injury requirement last year. But that bill only required the track to offer a list of injuries, with very few details about what was happening to dogs. With full injury reporting, greyhound advocates will now have a key tool to re-ignite the fight to end dog racing in Arizona.
Unfortunately, SB 1282 also allows Arizona gamblers to bet in a new way on dog races from across the country, through a system called Advance Deposit Wagering. This is a harmful law that may well prop up greyhound racing, at least temporarily, and will eventually need to be repealed.
Many thanks to GREY2K USA volunteers as well as advocates from the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Defense League of Arizona as well as the Humane Voters of Arizona for supporting this campaign.
Together, we can end the cruelty of dog racing in Arizona. Please support our continuing efforts with a donation today.
Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
Carey M. Theil
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