Senate bill 382 died on March 9, 2012.
SB 382 was in regards to “Prohibiting a minimum requirement of live performances for greyhound permitholders; revising the requirements for an application for a license to conduct performances; removing a requirement for holders of certain converted permits to conduct a full schedule of live racing to qualify for certain tax credits; revising provisions relating to the tax on handle for dogracing and intertrack wagering; revising a condition of licensure for the conduct of slot machine gaming; revising the requirements for initial and renewal issuance of a cardroom license to a greyhound permitholder, etc.”
Requiring live performances on greyhound tracks is supporting a cruel industry, and wasting a new profitable side of the racing estableshments.
Greyhounds are fed grade D meat, kept in small enclosures, forced to race until their bodies give out, and then they are killed. The greyhound racing industry is a terrible place for a dog to end up. Greyhounds are loving creatures and great pets, but unfortunately, they are regarded as mere money-making machines in the racing world. Thousands of these animals face a lifetime of cruelty. Many are mistreated every year in order to be profitable at the racetracks, and then simply "discarded" after they can no longer race. Those who are fortunate enough to be sent to adoption agencies far outnumber the people who can accept them into loving homes, and a large number are euthanized.
By continuing to push issues similar to SB 382, no greyhound races will be "required" for any reason at tracks. Many tracks in Florida are growing into profitable places despite the failing economy because of the non-race gambling. Races use up resources as well as time and money, disrupting profitable establishments. Many customers who visit tracks are not interested in the races themselves, but spend their bets gambling elsewhere on the establishment. By supporting similar bills, you help this new industry to thrive and bring new jobs to Florida, as well as save hundreds of dogs from abuse.
Please make the sensible, compassionate choice, and make an impact in the lives of racing greyhounds.