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The Devil Is in the Hidden Details of Amendment 13

October 23, 2018 - 1:15pm

Words have meaning. Amendment 13 to the Florida Constitution has “hidden words.” These words are hidden from voters. These hidden words will not be on your ballot, but if Amendment 13 passes they will go into the Constitution.

 A circuit court judge actually called Amendment 13 an “outright trickeration” and an attempt to “hide the ball” from voters.
 
The actual amendment that would go in the Constitution contains the words: “The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.” 

Nowhere in the amendment is “humane treatment of animals” defined. Therefore, it is left entirely up to radical animal rights organizations and their sympathizers to define those words. That is what they intend. 

If this amendment were really about greyhound racing or wagering on greyhound races, why did animal rights radicals carefully craft and insert hidden language in the amendment? 
 
If, as some have claimed, those words mean nothing substantive, why are they there? 

Do they really expect intelligent people to believe they want to insert words that mean nothing in the Constitution?  

Make no mistake, these extremists will use those “hidden words” to ban common, traditional activities involving farm animals, pets, working dogs, cattle dogs, medical support animals and wildlife.
 
That’s why extremist animal rights leaders like Marty Irby, the executive director at Animal Wellness Action in Washington, D.C., are trying to divert attention away from the hidden words and make NRA the issue.  
 
Marty Irby even mounted a blatant political attack on the NRA in a desperate attempt to focus attention away from the hidden agenda of Amendment 13. (October 17, 2018, in TC Palm)
 
Animal rights leaders are in a panic. Their attempt to use hidden words to establish a legal foothold in the Florida Constitution that they can use to bring lawsuits to ban legitimate activities, like hunting, fishing and farming activities has been exposed. 
 
They don’t want people to realize that greyhound racing is camouflage designed to help hide their complete agenda.
 
In fact, the list of some of the activities animal extremist organizations find objectionable is huge and includes hunting, fishing, farming, animal husbandry, marine parks and more. That’s what this is really about. Some groups even claim animals shouldn’t be owned as pets because it’s inhumane. 
 
If you own a pet, drink milk, eat meat, eat fish, use animals to work on your farm, hunt, fish, train dogs, raise cattle, horses or other animals, or take your children or grandchildren to petting zoos to learn about animals, then you should be alarmed.  Amendment 13 could be used to take all of that away from you.  Vote NO on Amendment 13.  The devil is in the hidden details.

Marion P. Hammer is past president of the National Rifle Association and executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

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Lets see, do I believe..... A. A group that profits from greyhound racing continuing (as you know money is the root of all evil) who are claiming there is nothing wrong with it. or B. A group of people who literally have nothing to gain (in terms of financial or physical gains) who are saying ban it because its bad. The choice was clear for me and the other 70% of Floridians who have common sense. I guess now we can say definitively that 30% of Floridians are either morons or are cruel being who care nothing about other living beings that are suffering.

You sir, are an idiot

What plans are in place for the care of 8,000 or more greyhounds if the Yes vote prevails. And the race tracks stop running greyhounds as soon as 12/31/18??. None, Xero, Nada.. Why does HSUS & Grey2K spend less then 1% of there funding to the welfare & care of the racing greyhound? Because they are Animal Rights Activist and don’t care one bit about the racing greyhound breed. Why do over 100 adoption groups in the US say a NO Vote is the only vote. Because they care about and no that the racing greyhounds are not abused. How can Florida residents turn their back on the loss of 3,000 Florida greyhound farmers, and as much as 10-13,000 jobs total. Also don’t forget that the Florida tax payers will be paying as much as $500 Million to these farmers and greyhound owners, in Florida you can’t take away someone’s lively hood and job without repayment to them. Check out the Pig Admendment case, which set the president for such a case. This should never be part of the Glorida Constitution..Please see the true light that shines on question 13. Vote NO On 13

Everyone who says that Florida already has protections put in place to protect animals, may I remind you of Dewie Brewton III:(https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/animalia/wp/2018/05/29/a-florida-teacher-drowned-wild-raccoons-with-his-students-help-heres-why-he-wont-be-charged/).

This is not a subject that should be addressed in our state constitution. Rather, present your case to our legislature instead.

https://floridafamilyaction.org/voterguides/ This is a great resource for the amendments (see the utube section where the amendments are all clearly explained, then decide for yourself!

“The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.” That’s a pretty vague statement, actually more of an opinion, and in no way enumerates a citizen’s rights. It’s like saying the people of the state of Florida love the color green. Adding this to your Constitution is asinine. Stand strong Florida, Texas is with you.

So I guess you don't like the humane treatment of animals! Wow

I dont like tree huggers getting involved!

This amendment has nothing to do with thr humane treatment of animals! It's about lining ARA people like PETA with more money. They kill 90% of the animals that touch their lying ..decitful hands. This is just to get there foot farther in the door and try and control us. They do not care about the well being of any animal!!

This amendment has nothing to do with thr humane treatment of animals! It's about lining ARA people like PETA with more money. They kill 90% of the animals that touch their lying ..decitful hands. This is just to get there foot farther in the door and try and control us. They do not care about the well being of any animal!!

This amendment has nothing to do with thr humane treatment of animals! It's about lining ARA people like PETA with more money. They kill 90% of the animals that touch their lying ..decitful hands. This is just to get there foot farther in the door and try and control us. They do not care about the well being of any animal!!

"Inhumane treatment of animals is a concern of Florida citizens. To prevent cruelty to certain animals and as recommended by The Humane Society of the United States, the people of the State of Florida hereby limit the cruel and inhumane confinement of pigs during pregnancy." Section 21 of the Florida Constitution as it exist today. This section refers to pregnant pigs but the premise is the same: Preventing 'cruel and inhumane confinement' of animals. That seems to apply perfectly to Greyhounds who are kept for racing.

Your comparison is totally without redemption. There is no cruel and inhumane confinement of Greyhounds. They are not crated 20 to 23 hours a day. They are well conditioned and exercised (disproves the 20-23 hr BS), well fed, well loved, and pampered like any outstanding athlete. Actually all dogs should know and love their crate. They should be transported in one, fed in one and sleep in one so that they are well used to being crated. Emergencies happen and dogs who are not used to and love their crates are stressed when they need to be in one... think hurricanes shelters, vet clinics, car safety (and your quote of section 21 etc is exactly why voting NO on 13 is the way to go.) FWIW, the state of Florida ( Florida taxpayers) had to pay over a million dollars for compensation.... just think about the cost this will be to the taxpayers of Florida if it should pass.

So, assume the unlikely occurrence of seven "emergencies" a year. You would crate your dog 365 days a year to spare them being "stressed" seven times? Your dogs, maybe, not mine. Dogs don't "love" a crate - they get used to them.

If everyone would take the time to educate themselves on the real agenda of organizations like PETA and The Humane Society of the United States (not your local Humane Society) they would understand there is a real threat here. However most people vote with their emotions and can't be bothered to THINK. Vote NO on 13

Everyone wants to make more out of everything,. It's pretty basic, Ammendment 13 specifically states to abolish grey hound racing in Florida. Leave it be just that, don't stretch it into something its not or project what you think is some hidden agenda. These grey hounds are abused daily, every 3 days a grey hound dies, we are their voices. Its barbaric and inhumane and its been a long time coming for us to finally have a say.. VOTE YES ON 13!!!!!

Peta’s real agenda was just shown. There’s a video out (shouldn’t be hard to find) that shows a plane towing a banner over a fishing pier in Naples Florida. The banner reads something like “Get the hookers off the pier, ban fishing....PETA.” If people don’t think there’s a hidden agenda, they’re crazy.

Peta’s real agenda was just shown. There’s a video out (shouldn’t be hard to find) that shows a plane towing a banner over a fishing pier in Naples Florida. The banner reads something like “Get the hookers off the pier, ban fishing....PETA.” If people don’t think there’s a hidden agenda, they’re crazy.

Vote YES!

Posted by anonymous, the nutless, spineless cowards. Nothing that a shovel handle couldn't fix !!

This is your statement above.."The actual amendment that would go in the Constitution contains the words: “The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.”" If all of you have read the Florida Constitution, and the (NRA, GOP AKC) bet that you won't, that you will just believe all the scare tactics they have been using, You would Know that the statement "The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida" is already in the Florida Constitution. Read it, if you can.

Can you cite the Article and Section where that statement is found? I just did a word search of the entire Florida Constitution and the only result for animals were the Articles pertaining to Fishing and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Article X - section 21 begins with this: "1 SECTION 21. Limiting cruel and inhumane confinement of pigs during pregnancy. — Inhumane treatment of animals is a concern of Florida citizens." see here - http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?submenu=3#A10S21

This is your statement above.."The actual amendment that would go in the Constitution contains the words: “The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.”" If all of you have read the Florida Constitution, and the (NRA, GOP AKC) bet that you won't, that you will just believe all the scare tactics they have been using, You would Know that the statement "The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida" is already in the Florida Constitution. Read it, if you can.

So, wanting to protect Florida's animals means we are extremists? You're nuts lady. The world will be better amd less angry once your generation leaves politics.

That is such a horrible thing to say, how do you know what generation that person is from. You are a very angry person, your personal attack on him or her is sad and wrong.

I’m glad I brushed up on this amendment before voting. There’s no reason animals should not be treated humanely. What a bonus in addittion to ending dog racing. Voting yes now.

Just another sheep. This country is *** because of your pos generation.

Your reply is rude and unnecessary. You don't even know what generation the person to whom you made the comment is a member of. The true pieces of sh*t in this country are people like you who want to blame all the problems they face on other people. Not to mention this opinion piece is absolutely wretched. People are entitled to their opinions, but if you think your right to eat an animal outweighs that animal's right to be treated humanely you are heartless.

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