The Florida Supreme Court has given the green light to a proposed Florida State constitutional amendment, on the ballot for this November, that would ban betting on live greyhound racing. The Florida Supreme Court opinion reverses a lower-court judge. Now, if at least 60 percent of voters approve, the 11 live dog racing facilities in Florida will have stop running dogs, though they may continue to operate as slot machine and off-track betting facilities as well as bars.
The history of Greyhound racing in the US is pretty sordid, with vast numbers of dogs being bred in commercial breeding facilities and scores of thousands of dogs summarily shot and buried in fields when they failed to win or place in their first six races.
If the 11 tracks in Florida are forced to close, look for a small surge in rescue greyhounds available for adoption.
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