Lara Trump, Pam Bondi endorse dog racing ban for ballot


The Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign on Tuesday announced endorsements from Lara Trump, President Donald Trump‘s daughter in law, as well as Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Trump and Bondi also are listed as “special guests” at a fundraiser for the campaign set for Thursday in Connecticut. It’s trying to garner votes for a proposed constitutional amendment ending commercial dog racing in Florida.

Other endorsements announced Tuesday include Republican state Rep. Jackie Toledo of Tampa, as well as House candidates, businesses and lawyers. 

“Greyhound racing is nothing more than outdated, legalized animal cruelty,” attorney Mary Stewart of Longwood said. “Floridians will be on the right side of history and vote ‘yes’ on Amendment 13 in November to end live dog racing in Florida.”

Though a Tallahassee judge recently ordered the amendment off the ballot, the state appealed, which automatically delays the effect of that ruling.

The measure had been slated for the ballot by the 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), of which Bondi was a member. Amendments need no less than 60 percent approval by voters to be added to the state constitution.

The other endorsements announced are: 

— Candidates Debra Bellanti for Florida House (District 60), Jessica Harrington for Florida House (District 64), Robert Joseph for Florida House (District 84), Rebecca Koelzer for Florida House (District 4), Sally Laufer for Florida House (District 65). Also, the Sarasota-Charlotte Democratic Progressive Caucus. 

— All Dogs Hair Haven; Concrete Analysis And Testing Laboratories; Cynthia Davis, MD, P.A.; Flow Carpets; Heartwired Technical Solutions; Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy; I Nails and Spa; Insurance Time; Jupiter Dive Center; Madeira Public Relations; Pasco Signs; Salon Roxy; Six Ten Brewing. 

— Almost Home Rescue; Canine Castaways; DARE Dachshund Rescue; Diamonds in the Rough Farm; Gulf Shore Animal League; Moonracer Animal Rescue; Leader of the Equine Community; Ingrid Taskin of Red Fences Farm; Michael Dodane

— Maria Kazouris, Esq.; Pamela Polani, Esq.; Mary M. Stewart, Esq.; Andrew Smith, P.A.; Welt & Rheaume, P.A.; Rick Ruhl, Esq.

Staff Reports


  • DW

    August 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Looking forward to voting Yes on Amendment 13 and ending the inhumane sport of greyhound racing in Florida.

    • Andy

      August 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

      And why is it inhumane? Give facts, not propaganda

      • Bill

        August 14, 2018 at 5:50 pm

        This person can’t spout anything BUT propaganda.

  • Yes on 13- Not Welcome Here

    August 7, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    All of the money and endorsements in the World can’t buy the truth. Yes on 13 is a scam and a sham as well as a fake grassroots campaign. Even if it makes it on the ballot, polls are showing Yes on 13 support is steadily declining. There will be no trickeration in Florida. #VoteNoOn13

  • June Coleman

    August 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Need to work on spay and neuter law for all states to stop so many unwanted puppies and kittens being born. Shelters are running over and many are being killed because of no where to go. Please help on this also and thank you for what your doing. My email:
    [email protected]

  • Fred Barton

    August 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Well, I certainly couldn’t be mistaken for a Trump supporter–except in this case. Kudos to Ms. Trump and Ms Bondi for becoming a voice for the voiceless.

    I am a Board member of GREY2K USA Worldwide, an organization that fights to save these marvelous creatures all over the globe. (you can learn more about us here: I have fostered and adopted rescued racing greyhounds since 1995. I cannot imagine abandoning any of them when they become injured, old or sick and yet this is routinely what happens to them at operating tracks and will continue to happen as long as racing is allowed to exist.
    Fred Barton
    Board Member
    GREY2K USA Worldwide

    • Bill

      August 14, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      I can’t believe anyone would fight for this breed as we know it to disappear off the face of the earth. Shame on you and anyone who supports organizations who partner up with the shameful H$U$ and the outright disgusting PETA.

  • Fred Barton

    August 14, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Come on Bill. This is an old industry dodge. You know most breeds today don’t do what they were originally bred for. Most herding dogs don’t herd. Terriers don’t chase rats, poodles don’t hunt. There’s no reason to think greyhounds can’t make the transition to companion animals just as the other breeds did.

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