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Groups and professionals who have spoken out against Amendment 13

Tampa Bay Times:

"Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest."

You can read the Times full Amendment recommendation by clicking this link.

American Kennel Club (AKC).

"The American Kennel Club’s canine legislation position statement on the "Use of Dogs in Sporting, Working, and Competition Activities" states the AKC encourages and strongly supports the interaction and mutual enjoyment of owners and dogs in sporting activities such as hunting and field trials; in working circumstances such as herding, tracking, and pulling; and in competition events such as dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials, and other performance events and tests. The AKC believes that dogs should be properly cared for, humanely trained, and not pushed beyond reasonable limits for which they were bred."

You can read the AKC's full position by clicking this link.

Florida Chamber of Commerce

"This issue can be addressed and achieved through the legislative process, and therefore does not need to be permanently incorporated into Florida’s Constitution.

Florida Chamber Position: Oppose."

You can read the Chamber's full position statement by clicking this link.

Paul Hawkes, retired Appellate Court Judge and former member of the Florida House of Representatives.

"Dogs will still race and Floridians will still be able to wager on the race, they will be able to go to the same places to place their bets, their wagers will affect the odds and become part of the prize pool — just as they do now. The difference, if Amendment 13 passes, is the dog will race in Alabama, West Virginia, or somewhere else. There are at least two consequences. One, the race will not be under the control of the Florida Department of Business Regulation and, two, taxes will go unpaid. So, no dog will be saved if Amendment 13 is passed. All Amendment 13 would do is provide undeserved and illegal profits to some new casino operators, put thousand of honest hard working Floridians out of work, generate thousands of law suits, and cost Florida taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars."

You can read Paul Hawkes' full position statement by clicking this link.

National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)

"The sight of a well-conditioned animal doing a job it was bred and trained to do is awesome. Sports such as rodeo, dog sled racing and touring, horse racing, Greyhound racing, weight pulls, draft contests for horses and dogs, and other events that prove the skill and stamina of hunting, herding, coursing, and agility dogs and the suitability of dogs, horses, and livestock as working, breeding, or performance animals demonstrate extraordinary skills and abilities resulting from behavioral training. NAIA supports the responsible and humane raising, breeding, and training of animals for these performance events and activities; opposes efforts to restrict or ban such events based on isolated cases or on claims of inherent cruelty, and will work with groups to help make improvements within sports and industries.

You can read the NAIA's full position statement by clicking this link.

National Rifle Association (NRA)

Based on the "humane treatment" phrase in the language of the full amendment, she (Marion Hammer) wrote, "extreme animal rights organizations will have a new constitutional standard to challenge any and all activities they find objectionable.

You can read the NRA's full position statement by clicking this link.

The Lexus Project, Legal Defense for Animals

"Vote No! Keep greyhounds doing what they love to do REGULATED."

You can read more about The Lexus Project by clicking this link.

Danielle Hauser, Times Correspondent & Greyhound Adopter

"If greyhounds were abused and mistreated, they wouldn’t so easily adapt to family life like they do, and adoption groups would have a hard time placing them in homes. Currently, the adoption rate for greyhounds is near 100 percent, with more applications than available dogs.

However, if Amendment 13 passes, it does not include any contingency plan to assist in the funding of the re-homing of over 8,000 greyhounds that will be displaced. In addition, thousands of jobs will be lost along with millions of revenue dollars.

Before the election, go visit a greyhound at a “Meet and Greet” event or take a tour of a kennel. See for yourself what greyhounds are really like. Dogs don’t lie."

You can read Danielle's full statement by clicking this link.

Greyhound Adoption Groups Worldwide (85 and counting)

"An anti-racing group recently published a post on their page that attempted to explained why adoption groups would support greyhound racing. Their reasons were pure speculation and false accusations, and they completely ignored the single most common reason that so many groups support the industry — they have seen the truth behind the scenes and know that it is not cruel, that these dogs are loved and well cared for, and make great pets because of, and not in spite of, their racing experience."

You can read the full article by clicking this link.

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People on all sides of an issue can and should have civil debates without name calling, without distorting facts & figures, and without outright lies/fabrications. To this end, we have posted corrections & clarifications to statements we’ve seen in the news, on social media and in postcard mailings; click this link to read more.