Target: Florida legislature members
Goal: Put an end to greyhounds dying as a result of racing
At least 92 greyhounds have died in Florida as a result of the racing industry since May 2013. Currently, a greyhound is dying every three days due to racing accidents, malnutrition, and neglect. Most of the dogs that have died are less than three years old and two were only 17 months. If people expect to race dogs for their own entertainment, they must be also be prepared to handle the consequences. And as the dog death count rises, it is becoming abundantly clear that these racing conditions desperately need to be changed. Sign the petition below to tell members of Florida’s legislature that these innocent pups need protection.
The common causes killing these poor dogs are electrocution, broken legs, heat stroke, and collision. One young, nameless dog died at the Florida Kennel Compound after her leg broke in multiple places during a training race. Another pup, housed at Pensacola Greyhound Track, refused his food one morning. The owner said he would make a veterinarian appointment when he was back in three days. In the meantime, the trainer continued to force feed the dog, and by the end of those few days the dog died in the cage. Penrose Jake, a greyhound forced to race at Orange Park Kennel Club, died after a collision with another dog. With stories like these, it’s no surprise the death toll is so high.
Florida is one of only two states that does not publicly report greyhound injuries. It is how these tracks are getting away with losing so many animals. An afternoon of entertainment should never be the cause of death for any animal and gambling on dog races should not be worth a new dead dog every three days. Sign this petition to tell Florida’s legislature to protect these young dogs.
Dear Florida Legislature,
I recently learned about the rate of greyhound deaths occurring at the racing tracks. As you should be aware, one greyhound dies every three days in Florida. Ninety-two total dogs have died since May 2013 in pursuit of these races. These animals need your protection and support in guaranteeing them safer, healthier lives.
A good place to start would be requiring kennels to publicly report greyhound injuries. Tracks can host in-house veterinarians to ensure the dogs are receiving proper care after these intense races. Or, if there is no way to ensure the safety of these young pups, then the tracks should be shut down. It is unacceptable to thing that innocent animals are dying almost daily for the entertainment of gambling.
[Your Name Here]
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