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Update: Reached for comment by New Times, David Bishop, who does media outreach for the Florida Greyhound Association, has responded to Theil's comments.
"The Florida Greyhound Association fully supports reporting at-track injuries and deaths, but this is more than just gathering numbers," Bishop says. "We want conditions at the tracks improved to actually prevent injuries. The Florida Legislature should do more than just gather data to make it safer for the dogs at the tracks. Grey2K's agenda is to end greyhound racing. The fact that they support decoupling proves our case that, if passed, greyhound racing will end, three thousand jobs will be lost, and 13 pari-mutuel facilities will be converted into casinos."
Original post: Last week it was announced that Grey2K, USA, with the help of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Coral Springs Rep. Jared Moskowitz, would restart the fight to have greyhound racing decoupling in race tracks and casinos throughout the state.
But the Florida Greyhound Association has decided to fight back, claiming that decoupling would not only be costly to the state, but also increase gambling. The FGA also has said that decouplng would harm greyhounds, saying that Grey2K and other advocates have no real plan to take care of the dogs should they be released from their respective race tracks.
Carey Theil, Executive Director of Grey2K USA Worldwide, says the claims being made by the FGA are just plain false.
"The FGA has a right to fight for the continuation of dog racing," Theil says. "They do not have the right, however, to simply make things up."
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