“The people will protect the dogs:” New campaign ad targets greyhound racing cruelty

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A greyhound dog looks at the camera in a new online ad a campaign against greyhound cruelty released on social media sites. Credit: Protect Dogs – Yes on 13

Every three days, a greyhound dog dies on a Florida racetrack.

This is according to a new online ad urging voters to end the practice with a vote on the November ballot. The ad begins with an unidentified man in dark sunglasses and a dark shirt looking at the camera.

“They’re dogs, they’re not people,” he says.

Florida is one of 10 states where betting on live dog racing is still legal. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is the grassroots campaign urging voters to change Florida law and phase out the races by 2021 by voting yes on amendment 13.

The man in the campaign video walks around a sandy-bottomed enclosure where lithe dogs curl up in the shadows behind him.

“It’s not because they’ve been abused, you know what I mean?” he says.

“No, we don’t know what you mean,” a woman says in a voice-over.

The 65-second video goes on to say that greyhounds are locked up in cages for 20 to 23 hours a day, and that the dogs deserve to be treated humanely.

The ad will go on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The last ad the group released got nearly 150,000 views.

“And in November, the people will protect the dogs,” the voice-over says.

CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.

1 COMMENT

  1. “They’re dogs, they’re not people,” he says.

    No, they’re not people, but they are living creatures who feel pain, fear and love. Their not commodities to be exploited than discarded when they are no longer profitable. In November Florida voters have a chance to put an end to the institutionalized cruelty that is greyhound racing. Make November 6 greyhound independence day.

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