Why should an industry like greyhound racing get the ultimate government bailout?

In Florida, greyhound racing is – for all intents and purposes – an industry which exists because the state government requires it. It requires it to the extent that if a gambling house holds poker games, it has to offer ‘pari-mutuel’ racing.

Source: FloridaToday.com

When we cut away the crap around the issue, this really doesn’t make any sense at all. If the state is going to allow gambling, why force the casinos to mistreat dogs as a gambling option? Most people now would prefer cards, dice or other games to bet on.

I would venture to guess the same people who support greyhound racing would probably oppose government bailouts for corporations. Yet, greyhound racing has been protected for years – with the ultimate state government bailout protection.

And now that the curtain is wide open on the horrors of dog racing, even casino operations in states that still allow racing, like Florida and Iowa, are stepping up efforts to drop these requirements. Dog racing, for too long a death sentence for thousands upon thousands of greyhounds each year, has become an anvil around the neck of the casino operations.

The dog-racing industry is losing money at a rate faster than the propaganda spews from a BP oil executive’s mouth. Why? – because the public has become better-informed about the horrors of greyhound racing. And people who gamble are choosing to put their money down on less tortuous tables.


2 responses to this post.

  1. It’s typical of you tree hugging Birkenstock wearing latte’ sipping animal rights wackos to think that throwing a bunch of hard working patriotic Americans out of a job is preferable to letting the dogs run which is what god wanted them to do anyway. You would rather destroy jobs and ruin communities than allow the perfectly legal, highly regulated, family centered sport of greyhound racing to continue to entertain thousands of people.

    Oh wait.


    Never mind.


    • Posted by Tom Grady on August 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

      Good one. And I see the Ironicus in your comment. Great blog.
      I enjoy reading your take on the horrors of racing. And I read recently where you’ve debated the same pro-racing folks I’ve had a round or two or more with over the years.


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