End dog racing at the tracks

 

Re the Oct. 24 article Legislators get an earful urging them to protect area’s gambling: Florida needs to pass the “greyhound decoupling” bill that almost passed in 2011.

Animal-rights advocates support it, and so do track owners. It would remove the requirement that forces tracks to run a certain number of dog races in order to be able to run other more popular forms of gaming.

Forced racing, for which there is a tiny audience, is bad business for the tracks and abusive to the thousands of dogs that have to participate. In addition, Florida tracks should make mandatory dog-injury reports like those in every other state that races dogs, except Alabama.

Let’s stop forcing tracks to race dogs and allowing them to hide their injuries and deaths.

John Amato, Tamarac

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