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Amendment 13 is a Trojan Horse

October 19, 2018 - 1:00pm

As a veterinarian, I’ve spent my entire career caring for the health and wellness of animals. I’ve seen firsthand how farmers, horse breeders and pet owners care for their animals. I’ve also seen firsthand the impact of neglect and abuse on animals. This November, I plan to vote no on Amendment 13.

Amendment 13 is a Trojan Horse. While it appears to be an amendment to simply end dog racing, the fine print you won’t see on the ballot could have devastating consequences on Florida’s family farms.

Activists behind the amendment have openly declared their desire to remove meat, dairy and eggs from our diets. These same activists have said they are on a mission to end hunting everywhere. And they’re making progress. Animal rights activists have passed 30 measures through Congress and more than 1,100 regulations in the states.

Now, their target is Florida.

Amendment 13 declares “the humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.” This type of vague, undefined declaration in Florida’s Constitution will be exploited by activist groups to bring lawsuits against family farms, equine enthusiasts and sportsmen.

Their efforts to end animal agriculture will devastate the family businesses that produce the food we feed our own families. We’ll be forced to import more food from countries that have lesser standards for the care of their animals. With businesses forced to close and higher prices at the supermarket, Florida’s economy will take a hit.

Don’t let this Trojan Horse find its way into Florida’s Constitution. A “No” on 13 is a vote against extreme activists with hidden agendas. 

Dr. Liz Steele is a veterinarian in Zolfo Springs, a member of the Florida Farm Bureau and a member of the executive committee for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

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I vote NO on ANY Amendment that loads up multiple issues. If the issue stands up well enough on it's own there is no need to bundle issues, so am soooooooooooo happy I voted NO! When America collectively ends ALL legal abortions, THEN and ONLY THEN will I vote to end dog racing or animal cruelty. It is called priorities and tough caca if you don't like it!

The arguments raised in this column are false. Read the amendment for yourself: https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/11-27.pdf The suggestion that the sentence related to animal rights will result in widespread bans against other activities related to animals has already been heard by the Florida Supreme Cout and was rejected. Read the opinion for yourself: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2018/sc18-1287.pdf

I whole heartedly disagree. Animals have no place in entertainment period. I have worked 50+ in the entertainment industry, and no matter how well an animal is taken care of, they are not living in their natural state. Forcing an animal to perform a trained behavior for profit is grotesque. I voted YES and everyone I know voted YES as well.

The Florida Animal Cruelty Amendment, also known as Amendment 10 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 5, 2002 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved. The amendment added Article X, Section 19 of the Florida Constitution to prevent confinement of pigs during pregnancy.

https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Animal_Cruelty,_Amendment_10_(2002)

Don’t vote yes for amendments that say little, or those with multiple causes that make you vote for one of them. We have the legislators to pass laws so work on them to stop dog racing

I already mailed in my yes vote. I think this post about it being a Trojan horse is misleading. I think animals should not be used for our entertainment. Circus elephants are being phased out. Greyhounds are such a sweet breed of dog. Years ago several of them were at a Petsmart for adoption. They were too old to race anymore. I petted them and saw how passive they were. These dogs were never a pet or given love by a family. They spent there whole life living at a place owned by the racetrack until it was time to race again. How cold hearted can you be to own a greyhound for profit?

Read the article again and think/understand/comprehend it this time.

The suggestion that the sentence related to animal rights will result in widespread bans against other activities related to animals has already been heard by the Florida Supreme Cout and was rejected. Read the opinion for yourself: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2018/sc18-1287.pdf

You are stuck on exactly what this page is warning you about. They are disguising their agenda behind a "save the poor animal" scheme. Use your brain and stop being a stupid sheep.

I don't even live in Florida and i can see this is a bad deal! You all need to read the writing on the wall. This IS NOT a bill only about dog racing.

Agreed

My concern is: what process is in place to ensure those wonderful dogs that no longer race find good homes? Or will they simply be euthanized? What? What's going to happen to them? Don't know? Then vote "no."

So the answer is to keep breeding, keep racing? If racing ends then so does the breeding. The 8,000 - 10,000 dogs affected by 13 passing will need to find homes but there will no longer be a continuous need to find homes for each new group/generation of racers that need homes.

So how many greyhounds are you going to adopt?

8,000 greyhounds will be put down for no good reason if Prop 13 passes. Greyhounds race twice a day two days aweek. Maybe for a couple years. That’s not along time of a 12 year life span. Nearly 100% retired greyhounds are adopted out to loving families. Prop 13 means death for nearly 8,000 healthy soon to be adopted greyhounds. Vote No on 13.

the racing industry is dissipating and tracks are closing,on their own. Many less pups are being bred and born. If the animal "activist" weren't being funded by the casinos they would not be here. Grey2k,HSUS and PETA have made literally millions and con tribute less than 1% to any adoption groups. There are many options available to end racing sensibly and the Florida politicians regulate the industry and tell tracks how many races the tracks MUST run to keep their licenses. The AR and their politicians the tracks and casinos will all profit and none one will help the 10,000+ greys and the people who have started all this will be back on their bus with their money and will care less what happens as long as they "won"will profit by the tracks closings

Seriously the breeding ends? No it won’t it will just go to puppy mills not people who breed for a pedigree and for a purpose. Supply and demand

There are 300 rescues in the country and Canada waiting for the dogs

I have been involved in greyhound adoption for years. If this Amendment passes, the number of dogs needing homes will be unprecedented. Period. I can tell you there are nowhere near enough foster homes to accomodate that many dogs. Spin it however you want, but you are wrong.

There is a 98% adoption rate for off the track grey hounds

I already mailed in my yes vote. I think this post about it being a Trojan horse is misleading. I think animals should not be used for our entertainment. Circus elephants are being phased out. Greyhounds are such a sweet breed of dog. Years ago several of them were at a Petsmart for adoption. They were too old to race anymore. I petted them and saw how passive they were. These dogs were never a pet or given love by a family. They spent there whole life living at a place owned by the racetrack until it was time to race again. How cold hearted can you be to own a greyhound for profit?

15,000 greyhounds all retire all at once?! They will end up in China / Korean meat markets. Greyhound Adoption groups have been well organized to rehome retiring greyhounds since the mid eighties. But not if all the tracks suddenly close. There is NO PLAN in place to accommodate these beautiful animals. Greyhounds only race for a couple of years and they are NOT trained to do it. They LOVE it! And they are very well cared for. I've fostered 4 and they come into rescue well socialized, healthy and very adoptable as they are all 3-4 years old. Our local rescue has a long waiting list for dogs. They are all spoken for upon arrival. If you care about the fate of racing greyhounds vote NO!

Your misinformation is astounding! The only thing misleading is this poorly written Amendment. The "humane treatment" language is left undefined in the Amendment and further down, there are other references to "animals" and "other dogs". Animal rights extremists, like HSUS,, have lawyers eager to exploit that language. Don't be naive! Furthermore, and specific to Greyhounds, they live 12-14 years, they retire between 2-5, most around 3. So, some simple math tells you that they ARE NOT spending their "entire lives" at a race track. I appreciate that you are concerned for the dogs, as am I, and as are all the people I know who race and LOVE their dogs! Don't believe the horror stories you hear - they are the exception, not the rule, and the dogs truly love to run.

Folks. Wake up. What do you think will happen to all the dogs used for racing? It's kinda hard to adopt out 20 plus thousand dogs. Animal rights people would love to see them terminated. By the way, horse racing is next. Then what. Wake up Vote NO

20 thousand plus? Try 8000 with 300 groups across the country and Canada to take them in

wake up, dog racing sucks, wake up

It shouldn’t go in the constitution! Just stop doing it!

Remember folks....these "yes" people are the same ones that fight for the right to kill (abort) babies at will. They are so concerned with the word of god....unless your a human. Kill the human spare the race dog. And ps....greyhounds are athletes. They are not in a tiny cage 23 hrs a day.

Nothing in amendment 13 states any other animal or place other than grayhounds!! Not sure where your so called facts are coming from but why would Florida stop fishing and all that? That is part of the economy and tourist would be a very dumb move if they did that! Stop and think about it and vote Yes to 13!!

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