Bill filed in Texas to permit video lottery terminals at horse and greyhound race tracks

Here we go again. Another state – or at least elected officials in a state – that will consider any means to prop up the dog-racing industry and now horse-racing industry.

A bill has been filed in the Texas legislature to allow video lottery terminals at horse and dog-racing tracks.

I wonder what would happen if the owner of a chain of 8-track tape stores went to a state government office somewhere and asked if he could install slot machines in this stores because people weren’t buying his 8-track tapes anymore? Would the state go out of its way to help the store owner? – NO.

But somehow, greyhound racing (and now, in this case horse racing) is getting special protection in various states. And these entities are clearly in trouble – most notably greyhound racing. People now across the board have about as much desire for dog racing as they do 8-track tapes. The only difference – 8-tracks don’t have the same history of cruelty as dog tracks.



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric on March 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I remember someone, I’m not sure if it was you or Ironicus, who made the analogy of opening a store selling dog feces as a snack and seeking the same treatment, state support to put in gambling machines to keep the store afloat. Just ridiculous. Why tie these machines to racing? If you want gambling, then have gambling, but leave racing out of it.


  2. Posted by Noreen Marshall on March 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    When will people wake up and see greyhound racing is cruel, so is horse racing and should be banned everywhere – not aided by adding video slot terminals to these tracks. No animal should ever have to run for their very lifes!!!!


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