A ban on greyhound steroids filed for the 2018 Florida session

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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.

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  1. There is no reason to give female greyhounds steroids except to interfere with their natural cycles and increase their profitability. It’s time to put a stop to an industry that puts money before the welfare of innocent living creatures.

    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: http://www.grey2kusa.org.) 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.
    Fred Barton
    Board Member
    GREY2K USA Worldwide

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