Chipping Away at Greyhound Racing
In March of 2007 I wrote, “in a horribly-depressing vote of 198-138, New Hampshire’s House voted AGAINST a bill that would shut down live racing at its three greyhound race tracks.” E-mails were exchanged between yours truly and NH legislators, and though I knew the hounds would someday be free of racing, they were going to have to wait at least another year. At least.
Nearly two years later, one of the tracks closed. The Hinsdale track ceased operations in December and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
And this year, according to Tom Fahey in “Dog Racing May Be Gone Forever,” the two tracks that remained “won permission to drop all racing dates. They will continue to operate as simulcast betting centers, and to host gambling events for charities.”
If “won permission” sounds odd, that’s because not every track wants to force live dogs to race. Not because it’s wrong but because for most tracks it’s not profitable. Other types of gambling are profitable, but not usually live dog racing. However, the law in most states where there is live dog racing specifically states that if there is to be gambling there must be live dog racing. So NH tracks “won permission” to drop dog racing, thereby also winning permission to be able to maintain their gambling operations.
This is not a ban on dog racing, but that does often come next.
Thanks to the folks at Grey2KUSA for their tireless efforts for greyhounds.
Finally, I’m off to Orlando to see the neurologist again. Charles looked great the first week after his surgery, and his condition has progressively deteriorated to the point where he is about 80% lame. Not 80% better–80% lame. I’ll tweet (http://www.twitter.com/mary_martin)–or you can see updates over on the right column.
Wish me luck!