Amendment 13, the ban on dog races, is on the Florida ballot for 2018.
According to the Florida Greyhound Association, Florida has 13 racing facilities, more than any other state.
Amendment supporters say it's an opportunity to end a business that is inhumane. Statistical evidence, they argue, supports their claims against the industry. Opponents, however, say the attacks on the dog racing industry are misguided and carried by selective statistics.
Organizations such as Grey2k USA are in full support of Amendment 13, because of the inhumane way they claim the dogs are treated. According to its website, “greyhounds are confined for 20-23 hours a day.”
Animal rescue group officials have enumerated several negative issues within the dog racing industry. State records reveal that in the last five years alone, 483 greyhounds died in the kennels or on the track.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported that there have been at least 758 greyhound deaths in the period from January 2008 to November 2014, due to the animals' involvement with the dog racing industry. The dogs either collapse or are euthanized after they suffer a serious injury.
In that time span, 16 “greyhounds tested positive for cocaine.” There were an additional 27 cases of neglect and cruelty reported, according to the ASPCA.
Sonia Stratemann, vice chair of the Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign, said the amendment would stop breeders from breeding the sleek canines for racing. As a result, the greyhounds would not be forced to live a life of inevitable neglect and injury.
“It’s planned abandonment. They breed them knowing they’re going to get rid of them and dump them onto rescues as soon as they’re no longer making a profit for them,” Stratemann said.
Stratemann said her experiences within racing dog kennels revealed how greyhounds were being neglected and used, but Patti Strand, founder … More