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Matt Gaetz, polo players endorse greyhound racing-ban

The Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign has announced endorsements from leaders of the equine community, including world-renowned polo champion Mike Azzaro and two other Hall of Fame inductees.

Joining them was Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Northwest Florida Republican, and others.

The campaign 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.

“As world-class equestrians, we fully support Amendment 13,” Azzaro said in a statement. “We would never treat our horse athletes the way greyhounds are treated. Greyhound racing isn’t a sport. It is cruel and inhumane, and should end.”

The latest endorsements also include:

— Carol Harris, inductee in American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame; Bart Evans, inductee in Museum of Polo Hall of Fame; Naomi Katzowitz, DVM; Lauren Biddle, member of Team USPA; Chris Nevins, professional polo player; Lucas Alberto Criado, professional polo player; Marcos Bignoli, professional polo player; Chris Stratemann, manager of the Orchard Hill Polo Team; Rick Thompson, notable horse transporter; Robert Evans, professional polo player; Gillian Johnston, professional polo player; Amanda Cabel, owner of Rocksteady Farm; Rona Garm, owner of Long Creek Farm; Lindsay Harms, farm owner; Gus Whitelaw, Marathon Farm; Jeff Hunt, farrier; Robin Butchard, Leather Stocking; Augustin Arellano, professional polo player.

— Candidates Robert Tager for Congress (District 12); Marili Cancio for Florida Senate (District 40); Melissa Martin for Florida Senate (District 14); Adam Hattersley for Florida House (District 59); Colleen Kasperek for Florida House (District 35); Sara McFadden for Florida House (District 106); Kelly Milam for Florida House (District 93); Edward O’Connor for Florida House (District 82); Terry Power for Florida House (District 13); Geraldine Thompson for Florida House (District 44).

— Community Cats of Bonita Springs, Florida Voices for Animals, Justice for Ponce, Space Coast Animal Rights, Indivisible Common Cents Ocala, Humane Society of Marion County.

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