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Florida Ends Greyhound Racing, What Next?

Forty-one of 50 U.S. states have made dog racing illegal, Florida being the latest and most important state to do so. On Nov. 6, over 5.4 million Floridians voted “yes” on Amendment 13, which will make it illegal to conduct dog racing as of Jan. 1, 2021. That represents 69 per cent of the 7.8 million Florida voters who participated in what Americans refer to as the “mid-term elections.” That easily surpassed the 60 per cent threshold needed for passage of a constitutional amendment. Inasmuch as 11 of the 17 remaining greyhound tracks in the United States are located in Florida, this very nearly puts the sport out of business. Once dog racing in Florida ends, the only remaining tracks will be in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia. I wouldn’t bet tracks in those states are going to last very long, either. In the decade before the Florida…

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