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NAPLES, Florida – Florida voters on Tuesday approved amendment 13 which ended live racing in the state in 2021.
With almost all voices counted throughout the country favored about 5.3 million voters or 69 percent change compared with about 2.4 million or 31 percent against it.
The Constitutional Amendment did not reveal what to do with upward over 6000 soon-to-be retired win dogs, which makes organizations and local adoption groups take up the battle.
“There are groups that are already mobilizing in other states,” says Kate MacFall, Florida State Director of the Human Society of United States. “We see this as an incredible opportunity to find home.”
Animal rights activists, the main supporters of the dog race change, were proud of the outcome. Animal safety issue concerned the amendment to the vote. Legislators wrote in the amendment that “human treatment of animals is a fundamental value for the people of the state of Florida”.
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“Everything for years has been about games and expansion and the dogs were stuck in the middle,” says Sonia Stratemann, vice president of Protect Dogs-Yes to 13. “The voters have shown how they feel. “
Greyhound coach said that the change would lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs, says Jennifer Newcome, chairman of the committee to support win dogs.
“Most coaches will have a hard time,” said Newcome. “Many are third-generation coaches and have been in the industry since they were born. These people did not continue with a college education or (see) for other work.”
Some dog slots may work for two years until the ban enters into force while others may close as early as January 1. If traces are closed, adoption centers should be able to handle the dogs, said MacFall.
An ordinary wine racing career is approximately 2 years, so steady traces would not affect the adoption flow as much as a mass track closure at the beginning of the year.
The Human Society offers support for placement of the animals, said MacFall.
Newcome said that the educators are looking at the Human Society and other national organizations for help.
“The people who took care of the dogs just lost everything,” she said. “Now the voters should share no responsibility (assuming).”
Poker rooms that usually follow dog tracks did not miss the election night undamaged.
Amendment 3 suggested giving voters the exclusive right to decide to allow casino games. “
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The Floridians approved the overwhelming change and sealed it in the constitution. Statewide, about 5,560,000 voters, or 71 percent, favored the change compared with about 2,220,000 voters, or 29 percent against it.
The legislature chose earlier if new casinos could be opened and whether playing tracks for dog tracks or horse tracks could expand.
The new process forces gaming companies through a long process of expansion, including getting hundreds of thousands of petitions and obtaining approval from voters.
The Seminole tribe spent millions of dollars as convinced voters to approve the game change. Seminole Tribe casinos are exempted from the amendments. Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. also poured millions to support the change.
Less poker rooms and dog and horse tracks opposed the change, giving Seminole Tribe casinos a significant advantage in expanding gaming in the state.
Miami Dolphins told their Twitter supporters to vote against the game amendment. The US Supreme Court recently opened the door to sports games, although Florida has not allowed the practice.
Limit the possibility that new casinos – and all included sports games – can harm the team’s potential gaming revenue.
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