Why Greyhound Racing Could End in Florida This Year

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Last week State Sen. Maria Sachs, a Democrat from Delray Beach, proposed a new bill that would allow greyhound tracks to keep their slot machines and poker tables, even if they don't actually race dogs on-premises. The bill (SB 1594) would end the 15-year-old live-racing requirement established in an effort to keep the tracks afloat as their racing revenues and attendance decline. Though Florida is often considered the mecca of modern dog racing in this country, over the last eight years, taxes and fees paid to the government from greyhound racing have dropped a whopping 96 percent, according to the Palm Beach Post.

A similar bill is proposed in the Florida House (HB 1145). And though lobby groups like the Florida Greyhound Association say the bills could eliminate 3,000 jobs and halt nearly $50 million in state business, track operators are actually in favor of the new legislation. A lobbyist for the Palm Beach Kennel Club recent said that shutting down some tracks would be good for the industry overall. For the tracks, running dogs is a losing business, one that they maintain only so they can reap the massive profits from newer gambling like slots and poker.

Right now, Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center in Hallandale Beach is losing $2.5 million a year on dog racing, according to Dan Adkins, the track president. The Flagler dog track in Miami is reportedly losing nearly $2 million a year.

Activist groups like Grey2K USA point out that the dogs themselves also suffer, everything from closed-confinement for as many as 22 hours a day to broken bones (like my greyhound has) to on-track deaths. And of course there are the disgusting atrocities like the one uncovered last year at the Ebro track, where 20 greyhounds were found starved to death in a trainer's kennel.

"If approved, these will significantly reduce, and possibly end, greyhound racing in the Sunshine State altogether this year," Grey2K USA executive director Carey Theil wrote in a recent email to supporters. ("This year" was underlined.) The organization is asking racing opponents to write and call their representatives immediately and ask them to help pass these bills. For supporters (people in favor of ending greyhound racing) who do not live in Florida, Grey2K suggests emailing Governor Rick Scott.


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Totointhebasket
Totointhebasket

SALLY..you could be Baldwin or Ali MacGraw from what we have all heard..but what is certain is that there is some kind of Aryan cult going on in Hollywood that made it's way to Ontario and all due to RAP- NEVADA- TORONTO.So, speak plainly so we can truly understand racism in all it's ugly heroin passions.And we have your names and logbooks recorded, so perhaps you will quietly go and clear your " consciences"...if you know what that might mean.Remy does and so does Ravvy, if just for lighter "sentencing".

RodeoRock
RodeoRock

We are sick of Michael Mooney and all the "pretense".You " permit" all this dialogue to collect your French Fees, too?How about NEW TIMES?WRACO...Carmen - Remy- Rush- Zetas.Winchester Repealing Arms?Moore- Cannon- Lears- " DROPSHIPPING.COM"?You know..when the entire group of " seven" collapses, that means you, too...with even " Hollywood".Tarantino...Taras 2777

Taras2777
Taras2777

Please dont use grey2k as then voice of these dogs and the adoption groups in florida. We do not want there help. What we need is a slow approch to end racing. Closing one track at a time. Over a few years. Closing down several tracks at one time would flood the adoption groups and maybe results in more deaths then ever happen at a track. Grey2k is not a adoption group north down they help adoption groups so what good is there info. I have fostered over 200 greyhounds and own 4. Email me I' ll give you the real facts. Taras2777@yahoo.com

Killbill
Killbill

Woo..we got HOLLYWOOD on them TRACKS!" STARZ"...and they breakin' necks and spines doin' it.

Eric
Eric

It's hard to understand much of your post, Taras2777, but it seems you think the current bills are going to end dog racing all at once. That is not the case. These bills don't end dog racing, they end the requirement for tracks to continue dog racing. Any dogs that are killed will be the responsibility of the tracks/owners/kennels. Adoption groups across the country are already working on plans to home every single one of the displaced greyhounds.

Taras2777
Taras2777

ohh and Eric how many fosters will you be taking when then close then tracks?

Eric
Eric

As many as we need to. We already share our home with four greyhounds, but if we need to take in more until they can be placed in appropriate permanent homes, then we will. Since you've fostered so many, you understand that we will do whatever it takes for these wonderful animals.

Nomoreshit
Nomoreshit

Eric...we know your name.Would you like us to send it all over our blogs?We have maybe a thousand people or more...and as you know, blogs " accumulate."You know " CHESS"?He knows you.In fact , if we are not mistaken, " CHESS" knows everybody.GREY 2 K..too.

Lindalowrie
Lindalowrie

Okay everyone. Stop greyhound racing and then watch it go underground. Also watch the gene pool get out to the puppy mills. Ten thousand dogs will need homes immediately if the tracks are closed in Florida. Grey-2-k, what will you do to help these loving dogs? Nothing. I am so sick and tired of all the rumors that are untrue about the racing industry.

Isthatyourfinalanswer
Isthatyourfinalanswer

Leasing lands and subs and PT Boats and Lears...and for " COMAS"?COLES- BALL- ROSS- talking Greece- Yemen- Netherlands.And Hollywood.

BARCELONADONE
BARCELONADONE

You IRA should STFU....give the proof against the Queen and save yourselves..PLO included.

Ladyjane
Ladyjane

This is Linda Jenkins with her fraud traveller columns..always sending messages via the Internet like GREY2k and Eric.WE GET IT- " JERK- OFFS"!(French Fees- GE- UK)

007Manchester
007Manchester

Oh..this is LINDA JENKINS or JEN KREBS?Or, OKIE JEN?Can you please " clarify"?Logbooks - Nevada are describing your culls.

Eric
Eric

Linda, nice try, but much of your post is pure nonsense. I can't even imagine a surreptitious greyhound track - face it, you need a lot of space and a mechanical lure. Those are things that are going to be awfully hard to hide if greyhound racing goes "underground."

As for the puppy mills, all of the dogs coming off the track remain intact. There is nothing stopping those dogs from being bred but the adoption groups that take them in, have them spayed/neutered, and then put them in appropriate homes. If the breeders or track folks really cared about maintaining the gene pool, they would have the dogs sterilized before they discarded them.

Where did you get the number of dogs immediately needing homes as 10,000? That's by far the highest estimate I have seen from anybody, even other pro-racing people.

What will Grey2K do to help those dogs? Probably a heck of a lot more than you're doing. Why can't you get it into your head that Grey2K are not an adoption agency? Is that too difficult a concept for you to wrap your mind around?

I am sick and tired of people trying to use scare tactics to defend an industry that has abused and killed thousands and thousands of greyhounds in the name of profit. I am sick and tired of people making ridiculous claims to try and portray the greyhound racing industry as dog lovers who really have the greyhounds best interests at heart. I am sick and tired of people so desperate to keep making a buck off the dogs that they post inane BS to forums like this.

Wtf
Wtf

Wooo...Ricky the Greyhound starting with the " scare tactics"...want us to " translate"?SC- CARMEN is ARYAN!REMY- UK- CT- tie COLORADO SENATORS!Rick says Di is COLORADO U?Meese- Toronto is the trail for RYAN?And then you get to RAY?And CK is involved!With " RED"!And PED of all is DONALD RUMSFELD?Nice.

greytdaddy
greytdaddy

From everything I've read here and on the Florida legislature websites, there is no mention of the dogs. If racing in Florida ends, what will happen to the dogs? By my count, 8800 dogs in 13 tracks, another 3000 or so on farms that feed the tracks. That's around 12000 dogs that we will have to find homes for. The 300+ adoption organizations in the US and Canada are struggling now to find homes for the 20000 that come off of tracks now. And you're going to dump another 8 to 12 thousand on us? I respectfully submit that the Florida legislature and the lobbyists that helped make this happen may be directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of these dogs. I hope the legislature and lobbyists have plans to re-home these dogs.

Eric
Eric

Greytdaddy, adoption groups across the country have been working on a plan for this eventuality since the end of 2009. The only people responsible for the death of greyhounds are those in the greyhound industry.

PiratesoftheCaribbean
PiratesoftheCaribbean

PT BOATS..MP....Check.SUBMARINES...BILL CLINTON ...EDWARD MEESE...CheckLEARS - NEVADA - RIO- SF- LA- NICE- CANNES- SYRIA- NETHERLANDS...."Double" Check.

Hevenercalling
Hevenercalling

Oh-oh...somebody's in trouble with those PT boats...Word is MARTIN ROPER?

greytdaddy
greytdaddy

Fabulous. So what's the plan?

Dr Watsonipresume
Dr Watsonipresume

"What's the plan"?You just gave your message...WATT is the HAT!Texas....to LA.With Coulter!

Questionnaire
Questionnaire

JEN KREBS wrote about TED TURNER, the UN and JEB BUSH with KARL ROVE?Why would she " do" that?Unless she is mob in CONNECTICUT with ACE?

PULPFICTION
PULPFICTION

JEN KREBS?As in JENNIFER ANISTAN with REBA McINTIRE?KANSAS - OKLAHOMA- " COMAS"?IRONICUS MAXIMUS strikes again!!!CO- AUSTIN..RICKY THE GREYHOUND?????How about FILICOSS?Or we " can do"... do SLISCO, STENCO- NESSESCO- COCTU- COCHEAT- SHARCO- COMES- COMENN- COMEADEN- DEPDO- CAPLITCO - or wtf..OSIRIS- HYDRA- PETWOOD." ASSHOLE".

HDEOD
HDEOD

Greytdaddy. They don't really have a plan. I've been asking about this plan for over a week and no one can produce this fabled plan from the United Pathfinder Project. And once you check out Jen Krebs, you'll find she is a diehard GREY2K mouthpiece who simply helps them sell their program. It makes me wonder where they've been the past few years while all this inhumane racing was going on in Florida. Were they here last year? Or the year before? Which legislators did they lobby? What anti-racing legislation did they champion? From what I can see, they've been all over the country closing down states with one or two tracks as all these greyhounds suffered here in Florida. But now that someone has written a business friendly bill that has tremendous support and just happens to portend the end of racing, suddenly they're here! All smiles and happy times and not a thing to help the greyhounds of today. This bill will pass, racing will eventually end, but I'll never give GREY2K the credit they think they deserve.

Citizen
Citizen

Another Mooney-gram brought to you straight from his friends at Grey$K. Shouldn't this be on the opinion page and not the sports?

DISNEYMURDOCHTURNER
DISNEYMURDOCHTURNER

Actually, it should be on the financial pages since you are talking about SCHAR?

Hermajestycrownedwiththorns
Hermajestycrownedwiththorns

Colorado and Texas are good pals with the Zetas.Bob Dole , Jeb Bush, Karl Rove, Rush, all of them have explosive businesses with them and mob.Didn't you know that was what government is all about?Heroin. Missiles. Aviation contracts, Oil. Minerals. Sex slaves and " S & M".Raping is the best money grabber for SEC and Murdoch is proof.

AUSTINGLYCOSTEXASLOUISIANA
AUSTINGLYCOSTEXASLOUISIANA

They got a Company called COUTT and RENTHE and another called COUTCH.Tell me TEXAS is BURNING and it all has to do with their pedophile CROTCH!

RESCUEME
RESCUEME

You realize you just spelled Aryan STING- AUSTRIA- GLY-COMPANY OSIRIS?Pretty good!

Eric
Eric

Ya know, Citizen, you're right about this not belonging on the sports page. Greyhound racing is not a "sport", even though the racing industry likes to claim it is. Either way, it's time for this cruel, inhumane endeavor to end.

MISSMARBLE
MISSMARBLE

"ENDEAVOR"...we now understand how you choose your " words".It only took a couple of heroin addicts to tell us for some cash." Explosives in Newfoundland, with Dassault, and Arizona, Virginia and Oregon, TORONTO is the BEE.Thank you " WEBMASTER".

WESTVIRGINIANEWSLAUGHING
WESTVIRGINIANEWSLAUGHING

YOU ARE SUCH AN "ASSHOLE " it hurts the CROWD.

Maplesyrupwithrap
Maplesyrupwithrap

DIGDOG....this is for you...the Ohtario Government is completely mob and the PM is a prime example of what mob " does".Harper is under investigation.Ask him about the " T" rooms in Maine and Massachusettes.The Feds are , along with Meese.

Wd656
Wd656

Go ahead blow your your money in the the casinos. It's a great way to have fun. Sitting in front of a machine programed to take your money. Mindless! Greyhound racing run properly is a better option. What next, end the Kentucky Derby. The jockeys whip the horses. How inhumane!

Bloggersadco
Bloggersadco

Yes sir!We know KEN STRAWBRIDGE is in YEMEN!And so is YAN?AND, of course, RICKY THE GREYHOUND!UM & MANN now " cornered".

Eric
Eric

Digdog, unfortunately you're too far down in the stream to "reply" directly to you, so I've had to put this here. Even though most of what you posted is completely meaningless, I'll address one thing you said - "Florida greyhound racing is legal AND humane." It might be legal, but it's certainly not now, nor has it ever been, humane. Regardless, if it's valuable to Floridians and tourists, then greyhound racing will survive. Based on the declining revenues reported, greyhound is on its way out, and good riddance.

Digdog
Digdog

Greyhound racing is obviously, a DOG sport. For people in Florida it's a game, and lots of fun, and a great form of gambling. But how would you know? you're not in Florida... And what are you smoking? Pet dogs also get killed and injured for various reasons. Should we outlaw pet ownership, as some Animal Rights believers want? Face it, you're cruel and inhumane, Eric!! lol - Florida greyhound racing is legal AND humane. Go back to your cruel bong there in New Mexico

Eric
Eric

Wd656, you write about greyhound racing and casinos as if those are the only options out there. I've never heard of a person getting injured at a slot machine, but I've seen plenty of reports of greyhounds hurt or killed while racing.

NGW
NGW

I think decoupling is a good idea. If the industry is strong, it can support itself. Having the state force the racing upon the track owners makes no sense. The state doesn't force other industries to retain a division if it is losing money on that division.

Cullingforball
Cullingforball

Ryan Seacrest and Ron Hevener are " friends"?As in Newfoundland & Nevada?That's what Rice and Oregon "state".And it's all about Ontario streets and LA.

james moodie
james moodie

the strong greyhound tracks in florida will be stronger the weak poorly run operation will close. palm beach kennel club handels or money wagered over$3,000,000 a week. that will grow as the other smaller handles migrate to plam beach. derby lane located in st pete will also see increases. my main issue the permit holders were able to get card rooms etc because of the greyhound licences. if they have done a poor job with there product then they should not lose there tax break advantages.as for grey 2 k check them out they use almost all donations to profit there own pockets and do nothing for the dogs and cats in shelters. donate to your local animal shelter not to the grey 2 k. google grey 2 ksome sacry thngs there.most important how can a senator waist time on writing a bill like this what about our home insurance,property taxes and a thousand other things that come before this.state senator sachs four tumbs down.....................

Sesamestreet
Sesamestreet

It's all so incriminating when you understand how to use the code words.Did they never think they would ever have a rat?Guess they now see their problem.And RON HEVENER did give that logbook on GUY HURE, we understand, in Nevada.And that is going to cut the shit with GER & " RED"!And DELL and WASHINGTON and VERMONT, too!What is so disgusting is the way these animals have lived in pure gluttony, especially in PALM BEACH!And the TEA PARTY and DON and NAT all give proof with EDWARD MEESE!So you all can say what you want but UM is involved with BILL CLINTON!And the proof there is CHELSEA and " EF"!Texas U and Maine have had enough " interrogations"!

Fslots
Fslots

j moodie got it. SENATOR SACHS write a bill for your district. your bill only helps specail intrest groups.we should all watch how she does business as of now she is only working with the millionairs and there casinos not any of us.

slotskky

Ohcanada
Ohcanada

U spell so conveniently when you talk of " Milne"...millionairs...meaning he and Rice.You must know CONTEO with Don Omar and all the " SOFT PEDIA"?Gayle Manchin sure does.Ontario is her " business".Arizona gives it up.

Cannesbabe
Cannesbabe

So glad you brought up the Sky Drive and The Sky Doll and the BARABARA CANEPA Blog.Such an " inspiration".

Eric
Eric

James Moodie, do you really think this is the only thing your legislature is working on, or that it's the only bill Sen. Sachs has introduced? Take a look at the legislature website and you can see everything that is happening.

As for the tracks, they only got card rooms and slot machines because they lobbied the state with the argument that failing to bring in gaming would cause them to close their doors, turning people out of jobs. Well, that only worked for so long, and greyhound racing has continued to decline to the point that is dying across the country. Rep. Young has pointed out that the revenue in Florida has declined to the point that it may soon start costing the state more to regulate the industry than they receive in taxes. At that point, the state will be propping up greyhound racing. As for tax advantages enjoyed by casinos, that's a different topic.

Finally, your comments about Grey2K and shelters are meaningless. There are many animal groups that do not assist animals in shelters. That's not their job. It's like arguing that the police department doesn't do enough fighting fires. Inappropriate and ridiculous. As for the "scary things" on the internet, take a look at the source. Do you think pro-racing sites or people are going to be singing the praises of a group that wants to shut down greyhound racing? D'uh!

LOOOOOVEPARISINSPRING
LOOOOOVEPARISINSPRING

OMG..RICKY THE GREYHOUND can't " shut UP"!!!Time to get SEAN PENN VALLEY to help with " SUSAN NETBOY".Or, Tarantino...or " Gift".( on the Seine)

Boobees
Boobees

You can always ask Brad Pitt and PITYCON ...Angie, too, in her "chateau"...COURRENS.Irene?Nice?

HDEOD
HDEOD

Ahhhhh, Eric. Here's my problem with GREY2K. They come in, get people to believe that by immediately shutting down the racing all suffering will cease. Then they walk away with their paycheck from the Humane Society and SPCA while all the volunteer, non-profit adoption agencies are left to beg for money and help to deal with all the dogs. And where is GREY2K by then? Off to their next paid performance in another racing state. If GREY2K actually handled adoptions, or fought for the funding and legislative oversight to "humanely" bring racing to an end, I'd be their biggest booster. But they and their supporters won't go there. And I'm sure I'll get slammed by you or one of them soon after I post this reply. Mr Moodie may not be very articulate, but I would recommend people go to the GREY2K USA website and judge for themselves. Do they really walk the walk or just talk for a paycheck?

Oh yeah, my wife and I have worked with greyhound adoption since 2001 and have two greyhounds in our family. We also have a foster grey in our house constantly as we prepare them for their forever home. We volunteer with our group and run their largest fundraiser of the year. So please don't patronize me or lecture me on how I don't really support the dogs if I don't support GREY2K or their ilk.

SkydollsNice
SkydollsNice

Actually, " Chess ", Carey Theil , Grey 2 K , is being investigated as we speak.He and " the wife" are " doors" for " guess watt"?We know you know, because the mob does.

NIMES
NIMES

When you " OD" people , you don't usually brag about it on a blog.And considering you are talking about DASSAULT, isn't he the guy in " NEW VIOLENCE"?Makes " sense".

Parissburning
Parissburning

PATRONIZE you..as in MOBSTERS with RON HEVENER?Well,news is that RON HEVENER has the LOG on GUY!And that is NEVADA.And LOWE has the LOG on GUY, TOO!But he has the one in FLORIDA!And BERRIRO had the LOG on GUY on the SEINE!So, you think GUY is going to " co-operate now" with all the SIGNATURES that ERIC is talking about in NICE?Washington - Oregon Rick and Mann in NY are really " humping" for points.And as for the ASPCA..we all know what THAT means..ASS in LA with ARYAN POLITICIANS...and the MORMONS gave it away with all their " support"! Jo Biden is the " Bee"?" Apparently", Florida U culls just for him and Yemen.And Bill Clinton.

Mannohmann
Mannohmann

Oh yeah.Here we go with the BS in GREY 2K.Did you know " Chess" is a key word for " SS" and Cheney?And explosives , of course, to get rid of evidence?Oklahoma U, Louisiana U, Virginia U, Florida U, Colorado U, Texas U, even Nevada U, nailing " KANSAS KINGS".( Ka-boom!)

Sally Allen
Sally Allen

I can't believe you guys are still going at this! But, who am I to talk....(I received a spam alert of your recent posts)

HDEOD, It sounds like you take part in an adoption program, as do I. Do you have any suggestions of how to address the possible release (retirement) of 2000 greyhounds?

I don't believe every track will stop live racing ASAP, but some will....probably the panhandle and other end of the road tracks. How do you see such a situation being addressed by the adoption community? Grey2K not involved.Sally Allen

Eric
Eric

I'm sorry you don't see the same significance to the work of Grey2K as many others. As for an immediate end to the suffering of greyhounds, well, that's pretty much true. An end to racing would mean an end to the institutionalized cruelty that is greyhound racing. Handling adoptions is not their job, ending greyhound racing through lobbying and changing laws is what they do, and they're pretty darn good at it.

As for the involvement of Grey2K with the Humane Society and the ASPCA, I'm not aware of any connection as you suggest. I know they all support many of the same ideas, including an end to greyhound racing. Regardless, Grey2K do a great job and I fully support them.

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