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URGENT and Graphic: Greyhounds Need You

I never thought I’d be promoting YouTube, but please send anyone you know who watches Greyhound racing to view a race from August 19, at the Mardi Gras Racetrack, which is formerly the Hollywood Greyhound track, where the exquisite Violet Rays did most of her racing.

One dog falls on the first turn, no one helps him/her, and when the injured dog got up, he/she starting running in the wrong direction–colliding with the other dogs. It’s horrifying!

We don’t know what happened to the dogs, as injuries aren’t required to be reported. If any of the injuries were serious, the injured dogs would have been killed.

The worst part of all this is that if someone has simply removed the dog from the track after he/she fell, the subsequent injuries wouldn’t have occurred.

I don’t ever reblog, but this post came from the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, which every Animal Person in Florida should be supporting. The blog started recently and has a constant stream of action alerts that you can get by e-mail so you don’t have to remember to go to the blog.

Here’s your opportunity to act:

1.    Write to Mardi Gras Racetrack and urge them to institute safeguards to prevent future tragedies.

Mardi Gras Racetrack & Gaming Center
P.O. Box 2007
Hollywood, FL 33022

2.    Contact the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, which regulates greyhound racing in Florida, and request that they develop regulations to ensure that the safety of dogs takes precedence over whether a race is completed.

Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering – Southern Region
ATTN: Steven Kogan, Chief of Investigations
1400 W. Commercial Blvd., Ste 115
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 202-3900
Fax: (954) 202-3930

Yesterday, I was at a fundraiser for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine at the home of Nanci Alexander, who is the President and Founder of  the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, and the owner of Sublime, the award-winning Natural & Organic Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale. Nanci is completely committed to helping animals and showing people that vegan food can be not only compassionate, but delectable. Support her in her efforts by going to Sublime (I’m having my upcoming 40th birthday there), and by checking out how much her foundation has helped animals, and then making a donation.

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