Letters to the Editor

End greyhound racing

As a life-long Floridian, I’m ashamed that our state leads the nation in the number of greyhound tracks and races that are held each year. It’s time for the state Legislature to finally take action to end this cruel practice of racing greyhound dogs.

The state Senate and House are debating this issue and are positioned to take action that is long overdue. A racing greyhound dies every three days in the state, with many deaths are caused by broken bones, electrocution and heat exhaustion.

Florida state law requires racetracks to offer live greyhound racing as a “loss leader” for other forms of betting.

I urge Florida’s lawmakers to support decoupling and end this bad policy. Florida needs to finally end its support of a dying and inhumane industry.

Valerie Howell, Coral Gables

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