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OPPOSE Constitutional Amendment 13

September 26, 2018 - 11:15am

Amendment 13 to the Florida Constitution is being characterized as an amendment to end wagering (betting) on greyhound races in Florida, but it goes much further than that.  Amendment 13 is a “Trojan horse” amendment hiding its real purpose. 

In short, Amendment 13 is not really about greyhound racing, it’s a front for much more.

If Amendment 13 is passed, extreme animal rights organizations will have a new constitutional standard to challenge any and all activities they find objectionable.  

In fact, many believe the first action of these extreme animal rights groups will be to immediately begin work to ban all hunting and fishing, including recreational fishing.  That alone would have a huge negative impact on tourism in Florida, as well as remove the ability of FWC to effectively manage wildlife populations. 

Amendment 13 includes the phrase: 

“The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.”  That language will not appear on the ballot BUT IT IS IN THE AMENDMENT. 

Since no one wants animals treated inhumanely, I and the vast majority of Floridians would agree with that statement in general terms.  However, there is a vast difference between what the public believes is “inhumane” and what animal rights extremist groups and their supporters would call “inhumane.”

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is the lead organization pushing for Amendment 13’s passage.  HSUS opposes hundreds of common and traditional activities involving animals because they claim they are “inhumane. 

In fact, the list of activities HSUS and other animal extremist organizations find objectionable is huge and includes hunting, fishing, farming, animal husbandry, marine parks and more.  That’s what this is really about.

Those groups firmly believe that animals shouldn’t be owned as pets because it’s inhumane. 

Clearly, the intent is to establish a legal foothold in the Florida Constitution that they can use to go after legitimate ownership and activities involving pets, other domestic animals and wildlife, that these organizations don’t like.

If you own a dog or cat that is like a member of your family, watch out for Amendment 13.  It could shatter your way of life if some animal rights organization decides to challenge the right to own a pet or have a pet in your home or on your property by calling it “inhumane.” 

Make no mistake, training, owning and using working dogs like military dogs, cattle dogs, seeing-eye dogs, companion dogs, police dogs, or any animal that gives aid, protection, safety, and comfort to humans could be challenged as “inhumane” if Amendment 13 passes.

Whether you are voting absentee, early voting or at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, vote against Amendment 13. The hidden language in  Amendment 13 -- that will not be on the ballot -- is dangerous.   Amendment 13 should be soundly defeated if you value your rights and preservation of true animal protections at home and in the field. 

Marion P. Hammer is past president of the National Rifle Association and is executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

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This article is 1000000% right . The problem is these groups are a minority but the internet gives them powers that make them seem like they are a majority. These people want animals to walk down the street with humans . Florida has to make a stand and say NO to these groups. Tell me how many greyhounds did grey2k foster out —ZERO but they will take all the money . These groups are a scam and governments in the USA need to phase these groups out.

Greyhounds are very well cared for at the race-tracks. Of course they sleep in kennels between turn outs as this is how they are safe and comfortable. There are no "squalid" conditions. They are well fed, walked, massaged, whirl pool baths etc and turned out for many times a day to socialize and run about. This is a better life than a pet owner can offer. As pet owners aren't usually able to take them lure coursing which is what they love to do best! They transition beautifully into retirement because they are well socialized and handled at the racetracks.

Vote no. Dont believe the lies and propaganda of the antis the vast majority of who have never stepped foot in a racing kennels or track kennels so have no idea what goes on. Take a kennel tour or speak to a trainer or owner before making up your mind. Dont believe the antis who twist everything to suit their agenda and keep the donations rolling in, none of which will be spent on greyhound welfare

I find it hummerous when I read comments like, I have met Greyhound owners, they are nice and they love their dogs. I’ll bet a lot of people said the same thing about Michael Vick until HSUS busted his dog fighting operation. Greyhound owners allow the public to see only what they want them to see. There may be some wonderful Greyhound owners, but make no mistake not all are. The HSUS has been around for a very long time and they certainly know how to be very thorough in their investigating. I also have found that many people who support dog racing are against horse racing. Hmmmm, someone please explain that one.

HSUS endorsed Michael Vick as a responsible dog owner

That's why we have kennel tours! So you can see how the dogs are really cared for and loved. We are an open book, and our opposition is fighting us every step of the way be we have the power of truth and knowledge. I am against Amendment 13 because the dog are in no way harmed or forced to run. Greyhounds have a natural instinct to use sight and their speed to catch small prey. Thoroughbred horses are forced to run, trained by fear into running as fast as they can. They are beaten with crops and whips, and have bits placed in their mouth for no other reason than TO CONTROL. Greyhounds, FROM THE MOMENT THEY GET TO THE TRACK, act solely on their instinct to chase, hunt and pursue prey. Horses do not have a prey drive, therefore are FORCED to run. I hope this was enough explanation for you.

Hmmm did you know the HSUS endorsed Mike Vick to own a dog after a 50K contribution by the Eagles a few years ago? Hmmmm did you know the HSUS was FINED 15+ million for PAYING a witness to lie in court in the Ringling Brothers case? Yea real credible people there.

“We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding …One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” – CEO Wayne Pacelle, as reported in Animal People News, May1993 https://www.humanewatch.org/hsus_quotes/

The language of the amendment is quite specific. It will phase out greyhound racing which is cruel, not because greyhounds don't like running. Of course, they enjoy running. The practice is cruel because the animals are kept in cages between races and not loved. And, when their racing career is over, they are casually destroyed, unless an adoption agency can place them with a family. There's absolutely no reason to see amendment 13 as a slippery slope.

Go visit a greyhound kennel, watch a race and speak to the trainers and those who live with, work with and love these dogs. See for yourself how these dogs are treated. Believe me, they are loved while racing and loved while living out their lives when retired. Vote NO on 13!

As an adoption coordinator of one of the 91 Greyhound adoption groups supporting Vote No on Prop 13, i have to stringly disagree with your assumption if casually discarded. Greyhound adoption groups have a 95% adoption rate. Those that are not rehomed by adoption return to their owners or have been pre-adopted. If Proposition 13 passes there will be 8000 plus Greyhounds needing to be rehomed with no safety net in the amendment to cover the expenses of vetting, feeding and transportation of the Greyhounds. To me that is casual discardment. When. HSUS and Grey2K are asked what about the dogs their casual answer is "there are animal shelters waiting to take them". Are these the same shelters that have over 50% euthanasia rates and are continually overcrowded? If you want to protect the Greyhounds I urge you vote NO to Proposition 13.

If this passes they should livesteam the execution of the thousands of greyhounds that will be almost immediately put to their deaths, just so all of the idiots that voted" yes" can watch the results of what they have done.

Do you realize that the if this admendment passes over 5000 Greyhounds will be put to sleep. There are not enough resources to home that many dogs at once. Also realize that the casino owners are using the animal activists to do their dirty work- turning the tracks into other forms of gambling. Just making sure you Know both sides of an issue

Do you realize the amendment would not take affect for years? 2021 to be exact. Your argument that there is no way to adopt 5,000 dogs is silly. It would not be something that needs to be done overnight as you suggest.

Do you really think the gambling facilities are going to let this stretch out for years?!?! If this passes, they have the ability to shut down greyhound racing as of 12/31/2018. And, just how do you think the owners of these displaced greyhounds are going to feed and care for that many animals with no income? Rescue groups aren't able to take in thousands of dogs at one time. According to the Pro 13 folks, there are plenty of shelters waiting to take in these dogs. Really?!?! Shelters are over full already and have to euthanize hundreds of animals...do you really think they're prepared to take in thousands of displaced greyhounds? These dogs are better cared for than most pets. Do you think an athlete could excel in any sport if he ate substandard food and sat around all day in cramped quarters. Think about. Athletes train on a daily basis and eat nutritious food to keep up their strength and stamina. These dogs have to have the same type of care if they are going to race and be in top condition. They can't get that by being in small cages for hours at a time with no exercise or stimulation from their surroundings. To think so is to not think at all. Regarding injuries and broken legs, have none of you ever had a pet get injured or break a leg. I've had several over the years...jumping off a bed or couch, running and hitting a hole in a field, eating something they shouldn't have eaten...and, I don't have hundred of dogs. How could there not be injuries and deaths if a kennel is of any size? Think about it folks. Don't let anti animal organizations think for you and tell you how to vote. Check the financials of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and some of the other proponents of this amendment. How many shelters do they support? How many animals have they saved over their many, many years in "business?".

The tracks can begin closing January 1, 2019. That was a last minute change made by the CRC. There is NO safety net for the Greyhounds. To ban racing is to endanger Greyhounds. Vote NO on Prop 13

Most tracks are already delaying racing and will close dog racing immediately to make way for gambling. If this passes this will leave approx 8000 greyhounds in need of a home immediately. So no this is not silly.

Do you realize that tracks can end racing as soon as 12/31/2018? No one knows which or how many tracks will close immediately.

Just another fear mongering cash grab attempt by the NRA. OMG, the sky is falling, send us more money!!!! We get crap like this from them all the time. It gets hard to take them seriously.

Really Dave? A cash grab for the NRA? I think not. How about how the HSUS, PeTA and GREY2K cash grab ALL the TIME? and do nothing to help animals!

We have to fight one battle at a time. Specifically, amendment 13 will stop Greyhound racing ONLY. I have been waiting for this for 25 years. It has been successfully stopped in 40 states years ago and all of the folks in those states are still able to hunt, fish and have pets in their homes. Don't let the fear mongers scare you off. There is no infringement on your rights as an American whatsoever. Vote YES on amendment 13.

Wrong J. Hart, it doesn't stop greyhound racing, only wagering on it, and sorry to disappoint you but greyhound racing is NOT illegal in 40 states. You need to start using a more reputable source than Carey Theil and Grey2K, they are less accurate than Wikepedia. I'll let you in on a little secret: they only tell you what they think will bring Grey2K more $$$, because that's how they earn their keep!!

Wrong. Greyhound is only illegal in ONE state.

Get a education and then vote! Can you even read? Vote no on amendment 13!

Hart, I have a bridge I can sell you.

You're absolutely right.

Scare tactics by Fryer Tuck for the NRA. The dogs live in squalid conditions and exist solely to make money for handlers and drunk gamblers... Marty the Hammer is afraid if dog racing is outlawed, AK's will be next...too funny.

Wrong. I can show you live feed right now that you can see how the dogs actually live. And I haven’t had a drink in at least three years. Calling everyone a drunk Is like me calling you an uneducated idiot based on what you’re saying without bothering to check the facts for yourself....

Vote no on amendment 13.

Vote no on amendment 13.

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