With 78 days left until dog racing ends in our state, out-of-state greyhound breeders are feverishly making a final pitch to state lawmakers, trying to convince them to undermine the will of the voters.
Nevermind that the Greyhound Protection Act was overwhelmingly approved by voters, or that greyhounds are continuing to suffer serious injuries at local tracks, or that a solid majority of lawmakers have told their constituents they will not support a delay or repeal of this humane law. These greyhound breeders, who launched their effort only weeks after the election, don’t care about any of that. Their leader, a greyhound breeder from Connecticut named Linda Jensen, made their intentions very clear in the Herald yesterday:
“We’re trying to overturn ballot question 3 so we can continue live racing,” said Linda Jenson, a Plainfield, Conn.-based breeder and president of nonprofit Protection of Working Animals and Handlers Inc.
Unfortunately, in recent days this misguided effort has made some headlines. In addition to being covered by the Herald, it is now being promoted by radio harlequin Michele McPhee. Your help is needed to ensure the will of the voters is upheld on Question 3!
As part of this campaign, greyhound breeders have launched a series of futile legal proceedings, all of which are bound to fail. Also, in perhaps the strangest plot twist Raynham Park has filed an application for dog racing next year with the State Racing Commission. However, setting aside the fact that dog racing will be illegal next year, the track neglected to include some pretty important things with their application. Things like the application fee, which is required by law, and their financial documents. These fatal flaws are meticulously documented in a new legal memo by GREY2K USA President and General Counsel Christine Dorchak.
It might be hard to take this effort seriously, but we should take nothing for granted. Please call or e-mail your state lawmakers today, and ask them to uphold the will of the voters on Question 3.
Over the past seventy-five years, hundreds of thousands of greyhounds have raced in Massachusetts. These dogs lived in small cages, many were seriously injured, and it is likely that most of them died a premature death when they were no longer profitable. All so they could be used as living keno balls, numbers for people to gamble on. Please make your call today for those dogs. Together, let’s ensure that no more greyhounds suffer and die in our state just so people can gamble on them.