Greyhound racing in the state of Florida will come to a complete halt by the year 2021. The voters of Florida cast the decision, and the state voted recently to ban the sport on January 2, 2021. Many are thrilled for ban, while others are not pleased. In the past 30 years, 50 Greyhound race tracks have closed, less people attend the events, and there have been many accusations over the years that the dogs have been poorly treated. What this means for the racing Greyhounds of Florida is that at least 8,000 of them will need to be adopted when the tracks close. Some of the dogs may be sent to run in other states where Greyhound racing is still legal. Grey2K USA is a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to pass stronger Greyhound protection laws and to end international and national dog racing. In a statement for the Orlando Sentinel, Carey Theil, executive director, shared, “It sends a message not only to the remaining dog tracks in the nation but all around the world that dogs are members of our families and we will not tolerate industries that harm them.” According to a statement on FOX News, over three million dollars was spent to get the measure passed, which is 10 times the amount spent by those who support Greyhound racing. A donation of $1.5 million came from the Doris Day Animal League. Animal lovers and Greyhound advocates are celebrating this victory and will push to get more tracks closed.
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