Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Make dog racing illegal in the state of Texas
There has been a promising trend over the last few decades of banning greyhound racing in the United States. Colorado just became the 39th state to pass legislation removing all previous regulations on greyhound racing and outlawing it entirely, thanks to the support of various animal rights groups, including GREY2K, the country’s largest greyhound protection organization. Texas is one of seven states to still have at least one operational greyhound racing track.
While dog racing is seeing steadily decreasing profits nationwide and Texas has just one operational track, GREY2K USA co-founder and executive director Carey Theil’s blog “Saving Greys” reveals that Gulf Greyhound Park (GGP) in La Marque, Texas nonetheless reports devastating casualties. Between 2008 and 2011, GGP saw 1,507 total reported greyhound injuries, 56 of which were fatalities. Thiel writes that a GGP executive claimed that the majority of the injuries were “minor” when actually 54 percent “of reported injuries at Gulf were either puncture wounds, lacerations, torn ligaments or broken bones. The most commonly reported injury was a broken leg.” GREY2K USA also acquired records from the Texas Racing Commission indicating that racing dogs at GGP are fed diseased meat, among other atrocities.
This treatment of greyhounds cannot be allowed to continue. By signing this petition, you are calling on Governor Perry to sponsor a bill to outlaw greyhound racing in the state of Texas. You are encouraging him to see this as a nonpolitical issue of animal rights.
Dear Governor Perry,
As you likely know, Texas is one of the seven remaining states in which a greyhound racing track still legally operates. Texas’s Gulf Greyhound Park (GGP) was responsible for over 1,500 greyhound injuries between January 2008 and December 2011, including 56 fatal injuries; the majority of these injuries were broken bones, puncture wounds, torn ligaments, and lacerations. Reports abound of greyhounds living in cramped conditions with diseased meat for food – this is no way for any animal to be forced to live, let alone humanity’s best friend.
I am urging you to protect our greyhounds by sponsoring a bill to end greyhound racing in Texas, following the lead of the 39 other states that have enacted racing bans. I am calling on you to acknowledge that dog racing is an exploitative industry that has no respect for the livelihoods of its dogs and therefore has no place in modern society.
[Your Name Here]
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