Legislation has been filed that could bring an end to dog racing at Tucson Greyhound Park! Senate Bill 1273, sponsored by Senator Michele Reagan and Representative J.D. Mesnard, changes the state's racing law to remove the mandate that Tucson Greyhound Park offer live racing. That's right, TGP could remain open for other activities but would no longer need to offer live racing to keep its license.
This new bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Transportation and is scheduled to be heard on Monday, February 6 at 2 pm, in Senate Room 109. You may listen to the hearing by clicking here on that day.
Please take action now to help end the suffering of greyhounds at Tucson Greyhound Park. At this terrible track, greyhounds are kept confined in small cages which are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. They are fed raw 4-D meat, the meat of downed, diseased, disabled or dead live stock. This was documented in a recent video investigation.
While racing, greyhounds face the risk of serious injury. According to state records, between January 2007 and November 2009, nearly 1,000 greyhound injuries were reported at Arizona racetracks. The most common injury was a broken leg, and other reported injuries included fractures, 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.
Here's how to help:
Please send a polite e-mail to each senator on the committee today, asking for a "Yes Vote on SB 1273, the live dog racing exception bill." And if you are a constituent, say so!
Please refer to our bill fact sheet for talking points and send a message for the greyhounds today!
Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.