Facing South Florida: Amendment 13 On Greyhound Racing
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Facing South Florida: Amendment 13 On Greyhound Racing


CAST THE VOEFT. WE’RE GOING TO EXAMINE THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN PARKLAND AND OTHER PARTS IN THE STATES HAVE ON RACES UP AND DOWN THE BALLOT AND WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS. LET’S LOOK AT AMENDMENT 13, WHICH WOULD BAN GREYHOUND RACING IN FLORIDA BY 2020. ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST SAY GREYHOUND RACING IS A LITTLE MORE THAN ANIMAL AS A RESULT AND CLAIM NEARLY 500 DOGS HAVE BEEN KILLED AT FLORIDA RACETRACKS SINCE 2013 SUFFERING BROKEN LEGS, BACKS AND NECKS. THOUSANDS MORE ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN INJURED. ADVOCATES FOR GREYHOUND RACING COUNTERED AS A STORIED PART OF THE STATE’S HISTORY AND MANY OF THOSE INVOLVED IN GREY ROUND RACING GO BACK GENERATIONS. OWNERS CLAIM THEY LOVE AND CARE FOR THEIR DOGS AND DON’T ALLOW THEM TO BE MISTREATED. MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED THROUGH GREYHOUND RACING AND GENERATES MORE THAN $11 MILLION A YEAR TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER ON THIS AMENDMENT. JOINING ME IS THE FOUNDER OF ELITE GREYHOUND ADOPTIONS. SHE’S BEEN SEEN FIRSTHAND THE CRUELTY AND MISTREATMENT AT RACETRACKS AND BELIEVES THE SPORT NEEDS TO END. AND A TRAINER AT THE PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB, HIS FAMILY HAS BEEN TRAINING GREYHOUNDS AND TRAINING THEM FOR YEARS AND OPPOSES THE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR COMING IN. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE AMENDMENTS THAT FLY UNDER THE RADAR FOR FOLKS THAT CONTINUE TO WORRY ABOUT THE SENATE RACE AND THE GOVERNOR’S RACE AND SOME OF THOSE OTHER THINGS. SONYA, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. TALK TO ME ABOUT WHY YOU BELIEVE GREYHOUND RACING IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA NEEDS TO BE BEEN. I STARTED A RESCUE 15 YEARS AGO. WE’VE TAKEN IN OVER 2,300 GREYHOUNDS, MY FAMILY AND I, AND WE’VE JUST SEEN IT FOR YEARS. SO MANY OWNERS DON’T WANT THEIR ANIMALS ONCE THEY’RE NOT PROFITABLE. SO MANY HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO VETS TO BE EUTHANIZED FOR INJURIES. WE’VE ACCEPTED SO MANY DOGS INTO OUR PROGRAM THAT WERE IN REALLY HORRIBLE CONDITION AND DEFINITELY THINK IT’S TIME FOR IT TO END. HOW DID THIS AMENDMENT GET ON THE BALLOT? WAS IT THROUGH INITIATIVE PROCESS? THROUGH CRC. THE STULGZ REVISION COMMISSION. U HUH-HUH. I ATTENDED EVERY MEETING FOR THE CRC AND THE PUBLIC DEFINITELY WANTED THIS ON THE BALLOT. IT NEEDED 60% TO PASS. PAUL, YOU OPPOSE THIS, TELL ME WHY. BECAUSE I WORK IN THE INDUSTRY, I HAVEN’T SEEN THE ABUSE THAT SHE ALLEGES HAPPENED. I TAKE IN MY OPINION, EXEMPLARY CARE OF THING DOS THAT I HAVE IN MY CARE. IT’S MY PRIDE AND JOY TO GET UP EVERY MORNING AND GO INTO THAT KENNEL AND TAKE CARE OF THESE DOGS AND TO A MAN, I THINK — AND WOMAN IN THESE KENNELS, EVERYBODY SHOULD BE DOING THAT AND HONESTLY, IF SHE EVER SUSPECTED THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM, SHE SHOULD HAVE TURNED SOMEBODY IN TO AUTHORITIES BECAUSE I WOULD DO THAT IF I SAW IT AND I HAVE NOT SEEN THE ALLEGED INSTANCES THAT SHE SPEAKS OF. SONYA? ACTUALLY, I DID TRY. I HAVE GONE TO THE FGA AND ONE OF — FGA IS THE FLORIDA GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION. YES, THE FLORIDA GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION, A FEW YEARS AGO, TOOK IN A GREYHOUND THAT WAS UNTREATED FOR A HORRIBLY BROKEN LEG. THAT DOG WAS OWNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION, JULIA WARD. I HAD TWO DOGS COME IN — THREE DOGS ACTUALLY, BUT TWO WERE FROM HERE. I HEARD NOTHING FROM HERE AND TAKE DOGS FROM THE PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB. I HAVE GONE TO PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB FOR YEAR ARES SINCE I STARTED THIS. IT’S NOT ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO TAKE DOGS — NOT YOU PERSONALLY BUT IT’S NOT ILLEGAL FOR THESE OTHER TRAINERS AND HAVE THEM DESTROYED FOR THEIR INJURIES. IT’S NOT ILLEGAL FOR THEM TO BE COVERED IN FLEES AND TICKS. THIS IS NOTHING THE NORTHS — LET ME ANSWER THAT. BY THE AUTHORITIES, I MEAN THE PRESIDENT DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION. THAT’S WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THEY ARE THE GOVERNING BODY AND HAVE THE INVESTIGATORS WHO WILL GO OUT AND LOOK AND THEY SEND INSPECTORS TO THE KENNELS UNANNOUNCED TO LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS IN THE CONDITIONELS WITH THE DOGS AND EVERYTHING ELSE — IN THE KENNELS WITH THE DOGS EVERYTHING AND ELSE. YOU SAID YOU’RE NOT AWARE OF ANY INSTANCES OF ABUSE. I KNOW FROM REPORTING OVER THE YEARS ON THIS INDUSTRY THERE HAVE BEEN SOME EGREGIOUS — UPWARDS OF 30 ANIMALS WERE FOUND DEAD BECAUSE THE TRAINER THERE ARE — I DON’T THINK THE TRAINER WAS NECESSARILY EVIL, AS MUCH AS HE WAS NO LONGER PROFITABLE. I WOULD SAY HE WAS EVIL, I WILL SAY THAT. AND MALNUTRITIONED. HE WENT TO PRISON. HE SHOULD HAVE GONE LONGER THAN THAT. DOGS OFTEN ARE FOUND TO TEST POSITIVE FOR COCAINE AND ALSO THE STEROIDS ARE USED. IT’S ACCEPTED AS A WAY TO KEEP FEMALES FROM COMING IN TO HEAT BECAUSE A FEMALE THAT COMES IN TO HEAT IN A KENNEL IN A BUNCH OF MALES THEY GET EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE. IT’S BEEN ACCEPTED BY VETERINARIANS TO GIVE TESTOSTERONE TO FEMALES, WHAT YOU HAVE. THERE IS A DEBATE BACK AND FORTH BUT NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVEN EITHER WAY. I’LL TELL THANK YOU IT HASN’T SHOWN WHERE FEMALES ARE PERFORMANCE ENHANCING WHICH THEY TALK ABOUT, OR SONYA AND HER GROUP SHOW. IN THE LEVELS THEY GIVE GREYHOUNDS IS ILLEGAL IN THE U.K. AND AUSTRALIA. FLORIDA ALLOWS FEMALE GREYHOUND IT’S AND HONESTLY IT’S NOT TESTED, AND I HAVE HEARD FROM TRAINERS BUT MALES DO GET THE TESTOSTERONE BECAUSE IT IS LEGAL, SO — LET ME ASK YOU THIS. I WANT TO TOUCH ON COCAINE POSITIVES, WHICH WERE MINUTE AMOUNTS. NO TRAINER IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD GIVE COCAINE TO A GREYHOUND KNOWING THEY HAVE TESTING PROCEDURES THAT ARE SO STRINGENT THAT WOULD HAPPEN. WHAT I WOULD ASSUME IS THAT — TO BE QUITE HONEST, SOMEBODY WHO HAD CONTACT WITH THOSE GREYHOUNDS HAD A DRUG PROBLEM. SHE’S DOGS CAN GO 40-MILES-AN-HOUR. THEY HIT THOSE TURNS. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR THEM TO TUMBLE, SPIN OUT OF CONTROL, HAVE SERIOUS INJURIES AND ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS WE DON’T KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE INJURIES BECAUSE THE GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION IN FLORIDA HAS LONG OPPOSED TOUCHING ON THAT. IN 2016 THEY WERE TRYING TO TOUCH THE INJURY REPORTING BILL WHICH WAS SPONSORED BY ANTIRACING ACTIVISTS. WE HAD OUR OWN INJURY REPORTING AND NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN AT THE TRACKS AND THE ANTIRACING ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSED IT BECAUSE THEY JUST WANT THE INJURY REPORTING. NOW, SOME TRACKS LIKE PALM BEACH KEN WILL CLUB INSTITUTED SOME OF THE SAFETY PROCEDURES IN WHICH WE TALK ABOUT. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. HAVE YOU READ THE DEATH REPORTS? HAVE YOU GONE OVER ALL THE CAUSES OF DEATH FOR THE 492 GREYHOUNDS WHO HAVE DIED SINCE 2013? 2013, AND HOW MANY GREYHOUND IT’S. 493 DOGS AND MANY DOESN’T LIST A CAUSE BUT MAJORITY OF THE DOGS, THERE WERE ONLY FOUR THAT DIED FROM ELECTRICITICUTION. THAT IS HORRIFIC. THAT IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH, THE BROKEN BACKS, THE LEGS, THE NECKS. THERE IS ABOUT 10% OF THE DOGS THAT DIED IN THE CRATES ALONE AT NIGHT. I LOOKED AT THIS, THE CAUSE OF DEATH FOUND DEAD IN ITS CRATE. THAT IS HORRIFIC AND — COULDN’T YOUR PET AT HOME DIE ON THE TOUCH? BUT THESE DOGS ARE TWO OR THREE YEARS OLD. I HAD A DOG WHO HAD CANCER ON ITS LIVER. WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT 20 SECONDS. WITH YOU AND YOUR HOME WITH A FAMILY. THESE DOGS ARE LIVING IF A BUILDING STACKED WITH CAGES AND ALONE IN THERE. AND I’M WITH THEM 14, 15 HOURS A DAY. AND THEY’RE DYING ALONE AT NIGHT. I’LL GIVE YOU THE LAST WORD. 15 SECONDS. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SPORT. IT’S BEEN BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION WHAT PEOPLE ARE ACCUSING US OF AND SAYING. THESE DOGS ARE LOVED AND HANDLED. OVER 90 ADOPTION GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA ARE OPPOSED TO THIS.

16 Comments

  • JONATHAN SUTCLIFFE

    HORSE RACING NEXT? DUNNO… THE HORSE FRATERNITY HAVE ONLY RECENTLY MADE A POINT OF OPENING THEIR DOORS TO ASSUAGE FEARS OF THE ALLEGED STATE OF THE ANIMALS USED TO EARN THEM CASH…

  • Kevin Clements

    I used to work at Bird Road Animal Hospital in the 1970's and we used to have two old racing greyhounds, that were forced to live the rest of their lives as prisoners at the Vet being used as blood donors for the other dogs….this was their life. Gentle and wonderful pups never treated with dignity at all. I started walking them every day and making sure they got some "out of prison time"……it was so sad.

  • jason nelson

    I love greyhound racing .. i go all the time so I will vote no to your demacrat bullshit ..I will do as I please when and how I please . So go fuck yourselves .I also hunt and fish and love to shoot … I hate demacrats!

  • rachael hobbs

    We adopted a greyhound back in 1980s that was retired from greyhound racing and the dog was a wonderful gentle and great family dog!

  • Larry Jones

    I do not like dog racing at all, but the wording in the amendment opens the door for extreme groups, and I think by design. I hate it but i must vote no so sad

  • Strictly Business

    Kurt Trzeciak seems to genuinely care for his dogs, but I'm just not in favor of greyhound racing. What I want to know is if Amendment 13 goes through, what will happen to all of these beautiful dogs? Now that the proverbial ball is rolling, I hope Sonia and/or related rescue organizations have a plan for how to place all of them. Otherwise, I hate to think what they might be facing……

  • Josh Cc600

    Animal cruelty is already illegal so this isn't new. In fact most racing dogs are PAMPERED! Remember these are highly valuable and prized animals that get the absolute best care and food because the owner wants them to be as healthy and happy as can be to win those races and make them $$. Much like race horses that are worth hundreds of thousands for a winning horse. These dogs aren't abused they are checked lots of times by random inspections, unlike hillbilly Bob with a pitbull in his yard tied up to a rope 24/7 there are no checks. These dogs live happy lives.

  • Chad Keech

    It all starts with a sad heartbreaking story with the intent to persuade people that dog racing is cruel and inhumane. Then your told that you can prevent this horrible act by voting against it.

    What's next? Today its dogs running around a track. Next its horses running around a track… what's the difference? We all need to think about what it is that we're voting for. Just imagine what it would be like to not see the Kentucky Derby in the next 20 or 30 years. It sounds crazy but this is how these baby steps start.

    My grandparents used to go to the circus and watch the animals perform. My parents used to go to the circus and watch the animals perform. I used to go to the circus and watch the animals perform. Unfortunately my children will never be able to experience going to the circus to watch the animals perform. Think about it it's not as crazy as you think.

    I truly hate any kind of animal cruelty, but this is a knee jerk reaction that will backfire.

  • asshat Jackson

    good job you dumb hippies you voted on stuff that you don't know about now all those dogs won't be able to be adopted they will be put down you just killed thousands of dogs think with your head not with your heart

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