Massachusetts voters provided another other exciting victory at the polls on Tuesday. Voters approved a ballot question banning greyhound racing in the state (the ban takes effect in 2010).
Supporters of the ban used data kept by the State Racing Commission to show that each year dozens of greyhounds suffer serious injuries, such as broken legs, at the two dog tracks in Massachusetts. Voters were also educated about the miserable confinement endured by racing dogs; it is common for greyhounds to be kept in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around for 20 or more hours each day.
The greyhound racing industry is in decline nationwide, and it will likely make its last stand in Florida. Our state is home to more tracks than anywhere else in the country. Click here to learn more.