Measure would muzzle dog racing

Full story: Lowell Sun 32
Question 3 on next month's ballot asks voters if they want to ban greyhound racing in Massachusetts. Full Story
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Bronson

New Bedford, MA

#1 Oct 7, 2008
Can not believe this question made it back. If you do not like dog racing, stay home; stop trying to tell people what to do or how to make a living, especially when you distort the facts to make a case. Not only do I think the tracks should stay open, they should put slot and poker machines in them too.
Game

Georgetown, KY

#2 Oct 7, 2008
My goodness, too many laws, just wait until obama gets elected.
Mom

Tewksbury, MA

#3 Oct 7, 2008
I am still undecided on this question,
I would hate to have the state lose it's revenue and so many out of jobs, but I really wish they would crack down
more on the abuse, I can't see why they don't.

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Since: Jul 08

Lowell MA

#4 Oct 7, 2008
Dog racing is dying on its own. Adding additional forms of gambling at the tracks is just an attempt to stave off the inevitable.

“Tis the season”

Since: Sep 08

USA

#5 Oct 7, 2008
Personally I could care less, but why don't they want to stop the horse racing also?

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Since: Jul 08

Lowell MA

#6 Oct 7, 2008
Crazy-Too wrote:
Personally I could care less, but why don't they want to stop the horse racing also?
Dog racing is viewed as inhumane by the proponents of the bill.

“Tis the season”

Since: Sep 08

USA

#7 Oct 7, 2008
Lowering the Bar wrote:
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Dog racing is viewed as inhumane by the proponents of the bill.
Yes, I see that, but what about the horses? They're not treated all that well either.

Honestly, I think there are more important issues at hand other than dog racing. What the hell is this state coming to? What a joke!!

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Since: Jul 08

Lowell MA

#8 Oct 7, 2008
Crazy-Too wrote:
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Yes, I see that, but what about the horses? They're not treated all that well either.
Honestly, I think there are more important issues at hand other than dog racing. What the hell is this state coming to? What a joke!!
I agree, and as I said before, dog racing is dying on its own. Tracks are closing all over the country. Without slot machines, etc., most remaining tracks will close in a few years.

“Tis the season”

Since: Sep 08

USA

#9 Oct 7, 2008
Lowering the Bar wrote:
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I agree, and as I said before, dog racing is dying on its own. Tracks are closing all over the country. Without slot machines, etc., most remaining tracks will close in a few years.
Then they'll "put up a parking lot"....
LOL
Former owner of race dogs

Derry, NH

#10 Oct 7, 2008
Before anyone votes on this question remember they tryed to stop racing a few years back and lost and now they try again. These people don't have the fact correct. I am all for adopting dogs. when we had race dogs we adopted all of our dogs. We do love them very much and it was a business. It is true dog racing in mass along with the other states is slowing down but if this question passes whats next banning horse racing? The horse and dogs are bred for racing its been a tradition for many years. Please think before you job. Thank You.
Tracy

United States

#11 Oct 7, 2008
OK, look, you don't have to be a crazed animal activist to see that this isn't right. I've seen firsthand how dogs were treated at a track. While I did not see whips or rotten food, I did see animals that were kept in tiny cages and not let out unless to pee or run a lap. Often a dog gets injured, ie broken toes, and is immediately discarded since it is no longer profitable. It's just not right. I've adopted two greyhounds and they are amazing and gentle creatures. Gamble on something else.
Former owner of race dogs

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Oct 7, 2008
Of course there will always be people like Tracy out there that think they know the truth about racing. The fact is she's wrong. If a dog breaks a toe then the dog goes to the Vet thats on hand at the track then to another Vet after the fact and the toe is x-rayed and then the dog will rest until its heeled. If the break is going to effect the dog then the dog will be given to an adoption agency and they will find it a nice home. I have been in many kennels no one has whips, no one has rotten food. The dogs eat meat with veggies mixed in along with regular dry dog grain. On race day they getting snack in the morning with fish or chicken and then after the race they eat a full meal like every other dog. They dont eat a full meal in the morning due to the fact if the have a full stomach and then run it could cause them harm. so they snack then eat after. Just please know your facts before you start talking.
bill

Lowell, MA

#13 Oct 7, 2008
this needs to stop
Former owner of race dogs

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Oct 7, 2008
Ok Bill if you feel it needs to stop then vote yes. It's America right. Good for you Bill.
tewksy

Lowell, MA

#15 Oct 7, 2008
ok
Merrimack Valley Resident

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Oct 7, 2008
I'm voting No.

Since: May 08

United States

#17 Oct 7, 2008
dog racing and horse racing are so totally different, im not so sure about the whole dog racing how they are treated etc.. I know that horses are meant to race thats what they do. Voting on one will not effect the other.
beej

Burlington, MA

#18 Oct 7, 2008
Not knowing much about the dog racing industry, I read this article from the Humane Society of the United States,and was far and immediately convinced that I would support the measure to ban greyhound racing:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/issues_affecting_our...

I do know that animals are often "disposed" of e.g. euthanized at the end of their racing careers once they are no longer of use to the race owners, if they are not able to be adopted. Same goes for "used up" race horses, except the horses are sold and shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada (it is illegal to butcher horses in the US).
biller

Lowell, MA

#19 Oct 7, 2008
it is a shame
Kevin

United States

#20 Oct 7, 2008
There are a number of greyhound adoption agencies out there and many are adopted. Do some owners treat the dogs better than others, of course. What do you think will happen to ALL the dogs if it is banned. There will not be enough places to move the dogs to race in other states, and there will not be enough homes to adopt them.
The bottom line is if the law passes most of the greyhounds will be destroyed.
If the law was to phase out racing, I would probably be in favor of it, but stopping all at once will harm more dogs than it helps.

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