Love dogs? Vote YES on 13!

Dear Friends,

In one week, Floridians will go to the polls to make an historic vote. A Yes on Amendment 13 will phase out dog racing and end nearly 100 years of cruelty to greyhounds in the Sunshine State.

We are proud to stand with our co-sponsors, the Doris Day Animal League, Animal Wellness Action and the Humane Society of the United States along with a strong coalition of bipartisan support including elected officials and candidates, businesses, media outlets, civic organizations, animal welfare organizations, local animal shelters, veterinarians, celebrities and moreall 400 calling for an end to greyhound racing.

Big thanks to all the great volunteers working in the field to spread the word that dog racing must end!

Florida volunteers

With 11 of the 17 remaining greyhound tracks in the United States located in Florida, a victory on Amendment 13 will be a significant blow to the national industry.

  • Dogs are cruelly confined. Approximately 8,000 greyhounds endure lives of confinement at Florida tracks, kept in warehouse-style kennels in rows of stacked metal cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around. They are normally confined for 20 to 23 hours per day in these cages.

  • Dogs are dying at Florida racetracks. Since the state began tracking greyhound deaths in 2013, 493 dogs have died at Florida tracks. On average, a greyhound dies at a Florida dog track every three days. 94% of these dogs were three-years-old or younger.

  • Dogs are suffering serious injuries. Florida is one of only two states that does not publicly report greyhound injuries. A single county, Seminole, began tracking greyhound injuries in May of 2017. Since then 90 greyhound injuries have been reported, including 68 greyhounds that suffered broken bones and five dogs that died.

  • There is a serious doping problem in the racing industry. Over the past decade there have been 419 greyhound drug positives at Florida tracks, including 68 greyhound cocaine positives, and positive results for novocaine, lidocaine, industrial solvent DMSO, and opiates oxycodone and oxymorphone.

  • Greyhounds are fed meat from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals. To reduce costs, greyhounds are fed raw “4-D” meat from downed animals that has been deemed unfit for human consumption and contains denatured charcoal.

Amendment 13 has widespread support but a 60% majority is required to pass this ballot measure so if you live in Florida, please Vote Yes on 13! All others, please share this on your social media platforms and directly contact all your friends and family in the Sunshine State. The greyhounds need a team effort.

Together, we can make history and save thousands of greyhounds with one vote on November 6!

For the greyhounds,

Fred Barton

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Fred Barton
Board Member
GREY2K USA Worldwide

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