Target: Senator Don Gaetz, Member of Florida Senate
Goal: Do not allow greyhound racing to continue.
Although almost two hundred greyhounds died last year at Florida racetracks, this cruel sport continues to be legal. If something is not done now, many more greyhounds will suffer massive amounts of abuse before also experiencing painful deaths.
According to the ASPCA, these dogs are confined to small cages for twenty hours or more each day. Cages are tightly stacked, and the only time dogs see sunlight are when they are forced to train or race. A greyhound can suffer from cardiac arrest while racing, or break any number of body parts, including its legs and neck. Spinal cord paralysis is unfortunately common, oftentimes making even walking difficult. Like these injuries, death does not come with a small price. In fact, a dog racing in Orange Park, Florida fell hard onto the concrete and painfully rolled to its death as it experienced a few last agonizing breaths.
Ironically, thirty five million dollars was lost last year at Florida greyhound tracks. In addition, taxpayer money that was spent on regulating races was also lost, since races were not profitable. You would think losing large sums of money would be a turnoff to people who advocate for the sport. Yet despite low profit margins, these people just don’t care. After all, if dogs are able to run, maybe they still have a few chances to greedily collect future winnings.
Sign this petition and demand this inhumane sport be outlawed in Florida immediately. If we choose to remain silent, these dogs will continue to greatly suffer.
Dear Senator Gaetz,
Many greyhounds are gravely suffering every day because they are being forced to race. Almost two hundred greyhounds died last year on Florida tracks, and these senseless deaths will continue if something is not done to end this heinous sport.
Both tracks and taxpayers lost money last year because racing was not profitable. Still, Florida contains over half of the greyhound tracks in the entire country and refuses to take into account the welfare of these animals.
Many dogs break their legs and necks while racing and also greatly damage other body parts, including their spinal cords. Sadly, one dog in Jacksonville lost control while running in one such race. The dog slammed hard onto the cement surface and rolled painfully to its death.
Other dogs are inhumanely killed when they are no longer deemed fit to race. In fact, three thousand unwanted dogs from a Florida track were found shot on their security guard’s property. Death was the dogs’ only relief from being kept in cramped cages for twenty or more hours each day.
Only some greyhounds are lucky enough to be taken in by rescue groups. On the contrary, when dogs are bred solely for racing purposes and are later disregarded, it makes it less likely that other shelter dogs will be rescued. The end result is that even more dogs are killed in shelters than there would be if greyhounds were not bred for such inhumanity in the first place.
For all of these reasons I urge you to stand behind this issue and to demand this cruel sport be outlawed once and for all. Since tracks and taxpayers are currently losing money, these animals are dying needlessly. Even if this were not the case, no animal ever deserves to be put through this type of hell.
[Your Name Here]
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