Greyhound racing has a contentious history, with many dog lovers despising the practice. But the so-called sport may be ended forever this upcoming Election Day, as the state of Florida—the one with the most established greyhound racing practice of all 50 states—has an upcoming vote on its future, as reported by The Bark.
Originally introduced in Florida back in 1931, the “Sport of Queens,” likely a reference to Queen Elizabeth I’s promotion of coursing in the 16th century, dog racing sought to promote itself as elite, glamorous and a good time for all, including the Greyhounds themselves.
But the truth came out eventually, with horrid characteristics such as confinement, injuries, drugging and death becoming what the sport was unfortunately known for. The dogs are kept in cages for 20 to 23 hours per day, and only let out to race a few times a month, with their otherwise frail bodies facing high risk of injury. According to information gathered by the state’s Division of PariMutuel Wagering, a Greyhound dies every three days somewhere in Florida’s eleven racetracks.
So on November 6, if you’re located in Florida, make sure to vote for the end of greyhound racing. The terrible activity is not good for dogs nor humans—cheating is often suspected in the sport, too—learn more about proposed Amendment 13 at protectdogs.com and by spreading the word that it’s time to set the Greyhounds free.