On Thursday, June 20, Govenor Jan Brewer signed Arizona's Senate Bill 1146 into law. One of the last bills to pass out of the Senate, this important legislation increases penalties against licensees who violate state racing rules, including humane rules. And as amended in the House by Speaker Andy Tobin, it also requires Tucson Greyhound Park to again begin disclosing greyhound injuries to the public. Under the new law, fines like these would rise up to $2,500 per violation and any resulting injury to a greyhound becomes a matter of public record.
That's right, after nearly three years of hiding greyhound injuries, Tucson Greyhound Park is now statutorily required to report them! Please take a moment to thank Speaker Tobin for his hard work and determination in pushing this measure through. He is a true greyhound hero, and literally championed this measure. E-mail him at email@example.com
After passage, he sent the following message to GREY2K USA supporters:
"It was always my priority to help our animals. I am thankful we got this done
but I can't take credit alone. It's a team effort. Without you, I couldn't have been successful. Andy".
Greyhound racing first began in Arizona in 1944, with the opening of Tucson Greyhound Park. By 1965, there were five operational dog tracks in the state. This resulted in the injury and death of hundreds of innocent greyhounds each year. To this day, greyhounds are kept in small cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around, and are fed a diet based on raw, 4-D meat.
Between January 2007 and November 2009, there were nearly 1,000 injuries reported in Arizona, including broken legs, sprains, dislocations, muscle tears and strains, lacerations, a cracked skull, broken backs, heat stroke, puncture wounds and paralysis. To learn more, see our full report and video on our Arizona campaign page.
Now that information about greyhound racing and injuries will again be public knowledge, we can resume our push to finally end dog racing in the Grand Canyon State.
Here's to that wonderful day!
Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.
Carey M. Theil
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