With Governor Don Carcieri’s signature on Friday, greyhound racing will longer take place in the state of Rhode Island.
There is basically just a single track involved – at Twin River – and the owners were asking for this legislation, which permits them drop racing. Rhode Island was another state where the track facilities were required by law to hold dog races for a set number of days each year.
Again, I just don’t think an industry should have this sort of protection, where the operators and breeders have the benefit of the tracks being forced by law to hold races.
But beyond the politics and legalities, the best segment of the news is that another track and another state will no longer hold races – and the dogs come out on top with this new law. Now if only the remaining racing states will follow, especially Florida, maybe the door can be closed on dog racing nationwide – for good.