|Rescued greyhound Flak living the good life in Texas.|
- In Arizona, lawmakers passed a requirement that greyhound injuries be reported to the public.
- In Arkansas, Texas, and Arizona, laws were passed to increase the maximum penalties for dog track violations, including the strongest penalties ever.
- Proposals to revive greyhound racing were rejected in Texas and Kansas, while a bill to encourage the legalization of dog racing in Hawaii was defeated.
- Lawmakers defeated a bill that would have required the Texas Racing Commission, a regulatory agency, to promote greyhound racing.
- In Colorado, lawmakers refused to permanently extend greyhound simulcasting.
GREY2K USA was actively involved in every one of these efforts. We joined other animal protection groups, grassroots volunteers, state regulators, and compassionate lawmakers to make sure that the greyhounds were given a voice. In fact, this legislative session is a textbook case of how we approach our work as a non-profit greyhound protection organization.
First, we extensively research greyhound racing until we know the industry better than it knows itself. Second, we collaborate with other humane organizations and grassroots volunteers. Finally, the coalitions we form engage in the public arena and call for positive changes to help greyhounds.
This recipe for success works, and our victories this year bode well for future greyhound protection campaigns. As Frank Sinatra once sang, the best is yet to come.
some important steps!ReplyDelete
Education has been the key, and the reality that you and Christine have placed the spotlight on is immeasurable in its spiritual impact. You know that Greys sleep better just hearing your names. Thank You so very much!ReplyDelete
Thanks Eric. It is a team effort for the greyhounds!Delete