Greyhound racing remains under siege in Florida
October 30, 2017 9:48 AM
by Robert Mann
Greyhound racing remains under siege in Florida where Mayor Scott Land of Orange Park near Jacksonville wants state legislators to separate greyhound racing from poker rooms, thus allowing these gambling establishments to end the pari-mutuel sport.
The decline of dog racing has coincided with the growth of poker in the state with a new generation of gamblers preferring poker to the pups. Florida greyhound tracks are normally making more money from their card rooms than on dog racing.
The 2001 law permitting racetracks to offer live poker mandates that a dog track must race at least 90 percent of the races it held the previous year.
Those favoring “decoupling,” allowing the separation of greyhound racing and poker rooms, claim ending the sport is necessary to prevent further cruelty to the dogs. Land says a growing number of Floridians say its time to shut down the 100-year old industry.