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Letter to the editor: Outlaw dog racing

February 23, 2018

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To the editor:

The majority of Kansans do not want dog racing in our state. This is supported by statewide polls and surveys. This “sport” is fiscally irresponsible and unbelievably inhumane. Yet, once again, it has been introduced in the Kansas Legislature with voting next week.

Supporters of this exploitative activity claim that dog racing will be an economic boost to the state. In reality, the subsidization of dog racing with profits from expanded gaming has failed spectacularly in other states. Iowa and Rhode Island ended their subsidy programs, and West Virginia is considering it. Florida’s tracks lose $40 million annually on greyhound racing despite subsidies from slot machine gambling. Kansas has seen three tracks close after suffering significant financial losses: Wichita Greyhound Park, The Woodlands and Camptown Greyhound Park.

Additionally, greyhound racing is incredibly cruel. In Florida (one of the few states that still operates dog tracks), a racing greyhound dies every three days, either from a broken neck, fractured skull, cardiac arrest or electrocution. These social, sentient animals are neglected, starved, overworked, deprived of veterinary care, and some are even injected with cocaine and steroids. A recent cruelty case in Florida revealed that underperforming dogs are executed.

Kansas is better than this! We must outlaw greyhound racing, just as 40 other states have already done. Won’t you please help? Simply email or call your Kansas legislators and urge them to vote NO on HB 2545.

Comments

Louis Kannen 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This nimrod-driven, Neolithic Knuckle-dragging form of unbelievably cruel Uber-lowlife $ entertainment $ is beyond disgusting when it comes to how these amazing creatures are treated and abused. It's truly unconscionable that your State's Legislature would even be considering this 'blood-money $port'. I'd say it's time to find out who / whom proposed HB 2545, then have them run a few laps of comparable Track distance as fast as they can. If they're still capable of drawing breathe, politely ask them if they're giving thought to reconsidering. If not, more laps would certainly be appropriate... Libby Ross, thank you for bringing this into the light of day!

Dale Miller 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I had no idea greyhound dogs were treated badly. I thought they loved racing like hunting dogs love hunting. I wouldn't think our government officials would buy in to a bad situation. Nice article.

Mark Green 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Dale, it is quite the opposite. The facts being presented in the letter are either patently false or misrepresented. I have been involved with the greyhound adoption at Southland for years. I can tell you first hand that the hounds are treated very well. Starved and overworked? Totally untrue. They are fed well and turned out 3-4 times a day for exercise and bathroom breaks. Also rules govern how often a dog can race. Once, maybe twice a week is the norm, and even then they love to run. Even at the end of the race they are wagging their tails. The Florida incident being referred to was a one off situation where a handler exposed a dog to cocaine. The handler was fired and the dog was kept off the track until medically cleared. They are not "injected" with anything at any time on any track as that would cause the kennel to lose their racing license. The lady that posted the letter should study the facts before drawing baseless and unfounded conclusions.

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