We are so happy to report that the constitutional amendment aimed at ending live dog racing in Florida- PASSED! “Amendment 13 got 69 percent ‘yes’ votes and 31 percent ‘no’ votes statewide as of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Proposed amendments need no less than 60 percent approval to be added to the state’s governing document.” 1 The ban will take full effect in 2020.
This is such good news. These amazing and beautiful animals did not deserve the lives they were doomed to live.
On Tuesday night, the “Protect Dogs-Yes on 13” campaign released a statement, calling the vote “historic”:
“Florida voters have delivered a knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century. Thanks to the passage of Amendment 13, thousands of innocent hounds will finally get the second chance they deserve. This is a small step in turning the page on a relic of the old economy, but a giant step for animal protection nationwide.
We are thankful for the hard work of our volunteers, who have made many sacrifices in order to give these gentle dogs a voice. We are also grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from editorial boards, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Sen. Tom Lee, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Andrew Gillum, Lara Trump, Mike Hill, Gov. Rick Scott, Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, the Florida Federation of Republican Women, and so many others.
We would also like to thank all of our endorsers and the four sponsors of Amendment 13: GREY2K USA Worldwide, the Humane Society of the United States, the Doris Day Animal League and Animal Wellness Action.
In the coming days we will reach out to the greyhound industry as the adoption process begins. Greyhounds make wonderful companions, and this is an opportunity to help thousands of dogs find loving homes. While the vote is over, our work is far from done.”2
While the video above might claim these animals have full lives, the video below shows a completely different story:
Again, the amendment won’t take full effect until the end of 2020 but at least there is an end in sight. These dogs should be loved and cared for. And soon, they will be. Well done, Florida voters. Well done.