Tom Leek, Anna Eskamani endorse greyhound amendment

Leek Eskamani

State Rep. Tom Leek, an Ormond Beach Republican, and Democratic House District 47 candidate Anna Eskamani have both endorsed the Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign. 

The campaign announced the endorsements late Tuesday.

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

Aimed at ending commercial dog racing in the state, the proposal needs at least 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution, In Florida, 11 tracks still conduct live dog racing.

“After meeting with voters across House District 47, it has become clear to me that our community is deeply concerned about the humane issues greyhounds face, including confinement, injuries, and deaths,” Eskamani said in a statement.

“I am honored to join the bipartisan movement behind the Yes on Amendment 13 campaign,” she added, “and will do my part to ensure we end the cruel act of greyhound racing in the state of Florida.”

Amendment 13 has already won support from civic groups, animal shelters, animal welfare organizations, current and former state lawmakers, greyhound adoption groups, and a slew of elected and appointed officials and candidates.

The campaign also released yet another list of new endorsements:

Dana Cottrell for Congress (District 11)

Brad Sostack for Congress (District 13)

Kay Gray for Florida Senate (District 12)

Annisa Karim for Florida Senate (District 28)

Jim Bonfiglio for Florida House (District 89)

Vicki Garrett for Florida House (District 1)

David TK Hayes for Florida House (District 38)

Kubs Lalchandani for Florida House (District 113)

Carol Lawrence for Florida House (District 27)

Sandra Lewis for Florida House (District 46)

Phil Moore for Florida House (District 53)

Nicholas Mrozowski for Florida House (District 55)

Jonathan “JP” Parker for Florida House (District 113)

Katie Tripp for Florida House (District 25)

Joe Wicker for Florida House (District 59)

James Holcombe for Ormond Beach City Commission (Zone 4)

Bobby Agagnina for Seminole County School Board (District 4)

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    • Ermesto

      July 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Hmmm, I wonder if this trainer knew the video was going to be shot ahead of time? lol Steven, why don’t you put up a video of something that happens spontaneously, not planned!! Kinda like a poor greyhound getting electrocuted while racing perhaps?

      • Katie

        July 26, 2018 at 10:23 am

        Ernesto, do these greyhound “lovers” think we are that stupid? “Gee, let me create a video in a totally controlled setting showing how wonderful these greyhounds have it.” Do they really think we are that naive? Let’s face it, this proposal is going to pass, and all of the owners and trainers are going to have to get a job where their livelihood isn’t created by risking an animals life. This is my first post on these threads, and I have yet to see them respond to the question of how they are going to guarantee that not one greyhound will ever be killed while racing. They always avoid it by changing the subject to Grey 2k and NEVER answer the question! Answer it Steven, can you guarantee us that no greyhound will ever be killed on the track again? If you can’t, then you are a total phony who couldn’t care less about the well-being of these precious animals. Let’s try this one…..would you ever place your child in a situation where he/she would even have a 1% chance of being seriously injured or even worse, if the situation could have been easily avoided by not partaking in the event? Personally speaking, 1% is way too much if we are talking about my children. I’m not talking about riding in a car or taking an airplane because those are obvious events that are part of everyday life. I’m talking about a situation where your child would have no say in the matter, but to help others make money from exploiting your child, they were forced to do something which could seriously harm them? Yes, I say “forced” because the dogs have no say in the matter. If you are 100% honest with yourself, a light just went off in your head. If not, then you are in denial!! So not to deter from my main point, guarantee me right now that a greyhound will never be killed again racing for the pleasure of addicted gamblers. If you can, then I will 100% vote “no” on the proposal. Let’s call it like it is, huh? The only reason greyhounds run is to create a venue for addicted gamblers to lose their money, bottom line! And without these addicted gamblers losing their rent money and food for their families, owners and trainers would have no jobs! Pretty pathetic if you ask me.

        • Elise

          July 27, 2018 at 9:10 am

          Wow Katie! Very well said. Where is Steven??? lol

  • Kelly Faircloth

    July 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you, candidates Anna and Tom, for endorsing the #YesOn13 campaign! This is truly a bipartisan effort that will finally end the cruel confinement and risk of injury and death that racing greyhounds face every day in Florida.

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