Tomorrow, 9 March, is the last day of the Florida Legislative Session. And it looks likely that the Greyhound Decoupling Bill will not succeed this year. There was a "perfect storm" of reasons for this: including the big destination casino bill that would have brought huge scale resort gambling to South Florida (this bill was actually withdrawn), the post-Census redistricting battles and the flurry of Legislative back & forths on issues vital and otherwise that simply ate up the allotted time. So...again...we will be back next year. And every year until we see this passed.
Our efforts have drawn national attention; yes, of course in greyhound circles, but this morning we hit the big time. The New York Times today published a very fair summary of the declining state of greyhound racing along with an array of photos which speak forcefully to the economic case for dog racing's abolition. If you have never been to a greyhound race track do read the article and take a look at these pictures...dogs parading before empty stands, desultory patrons doing their solitary betting calculations, the whole scene empty and depressing and downright grimey...like a musty holdover from a bygone age that nobody regrets ending (yes, I'm biased here). Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/us/greyhound-races-fade-with-many-track-owners-eager-to-get-out.html
And if you have been to a greyhound track you'll be pleased to get even more confirmation that these days are numbered. We will fight this fight until we win.