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Greyhound racing-ban group releases more endorsements

The Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign has announced more endorsements from civic organizations, animal welfare organizations, and local animal shelters.

The group is promoting passage of Amendment 13, put on the November ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).

The proposal, which needs at least 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution, aims at ending commercial dog racing in the state. In Florida, live dog racing is still conducted at 11 tracks.

“Amendment 13 has now won the support of 23 local animal shelters, 15 animal welfare organizations, and four civic groups including the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, the Florida Federation of Republican Women and League of Women Voters of Florida,” the campaign said in a news release.

“Protecting greyhounds is a rare issue that unites Republicans and Democrats,” said Jean Gonzalez Wingo, first vice president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women. “It’s time that we join other states and outlaw this cruel practice.”

The campaign’s latest list of endorsements is below:

— Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida

— Florida Federation of Republican Women

— League of Women Voters of Florida

— The Animal Law Section of The Florida Bar

— Animal Defense Coalition

— American Humane Animal Rights Foundation of Florida

— Best Friends Animal Society

— Big Cat Rescue

— Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare

— Doris Day Animal League

— Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations

— GREY2K USA Education Fund

— Humane Society Legislative Fund

— Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

— Save the Animals Store

— South Florida Wildlife Center

— Alachua County Humane Society

— Humane Society of Broward County

Greyhound owners and breeders, who oppose the ban, have challenged the proposed amendment in court; a trial is set for next month in Tallahassee.

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