**URGENT ACTION ALERT**
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There are only two days left in the Florida legislative session, and the fate of our
greyhound decoupling bill (HB 1145) hangs in the balance.
Even though a greyhound decoupling bill has passed both the House and Senate with
decisive votes, the versions are slightly different. These differences must now be worked
out in order for the bill to advance to Governor Rick Scott.
Please contact your State Representative one final time, and ask him/her to support
greyhound decoupling and oppose any ammendments to the bill. To find the State Representative that represents you, click here.
Also, click here to see how your State Representative voted the last time greyhound
decoupling was debated in the House.
Help us make one final push for Florida’s greyhounds. Let’s do it for dogs like Crystal B
Crystal was a red brindle greyhound who raced for the last time on January 5, 2011. On
that fateful day, she was loaded into the starting box at Sanford Orlando Kennel Club.
Seconds after the race started, she collided with another dog, struck the rail with her
forehead, and suffered an open skull fracture.
She was three years old at the time of her death. To watch Crystal's last race click here.
If we pass greyhound decoupling, dog racing in Florida will slowly phase out over
several years. Some tracks may stop live racing immediately, while others will reduce
the number of races they hold. We don’t know how long this process will take, but we do
know that every reduction in dog racing means that there are fewer injuries, like the one
suffered by Crystal.
That is the choice lawmakers have now. They can vote to prevent the suffering and death
of dogs like Crystal, or they can do nothing and retain the status quo.
Let’s ask every Florida State Representative to vote one last time for the dogs. Let’s ask
them to cast a vote for Crystal.
|Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
Carey M. Theil
Executive Director, GREY2K USA