A measure calling for a ban on steroids will be up for discussion during the 2018 Florida session. Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith has championed the bill, HB 463 in the House. Senator Dana Young is backing the measure in the Senate as SB 674.
The legislation in question has come once before to the Senate this year before being struck down. The bill calls for the abolition of steroids in greyhound racing as called for by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
The law would bring forth punishments for those who still use the steroids on these animals. The penalties against dog trainers will encourage the humane treatment and support of animals as more than sport. The integrity and health of these animals are more important than how fast or stealth they are.
These anabolic steroids being used in the greyhound industry are dangerous for the animals. Steroids, like the ones professional athletes get caught using, are used on greyhound racing dogs. Florida is just one of six states left in the U.S. that still allow active greyhound racing.
The last time the measure went up for review earlier in the year, it was vehemently opposed by race tracks and their affiliates. There are 18 of these dog racing tracks in the U.S., with 12 calling Florida home.
The greyhound industry in the area has given campaign contributions for two Longwood City Commission candidates, Richard Drummond and Matthew (Matt) Morgan. Richard Drummond is an employee of the Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club. The Kennel Club is displaying signs for both candidates, even though it claims to not have endorsed either.