Florida voters choose to phase out greyhound racing by 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. >> Florida voters decided to phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2021, meaning thousands of dogs will soon need new homes.

The state voted 69 to 31 percent Tuesday to pass Amendment 13, which bans the sport beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. It is an overwhelming defeat for an industry already in decline, with 50 tracks closing nationally over the past 30 years because of shrinking crowds and accusations that dogs are mistreated.

Advocates for the ban say many of Florida’s 8,000 racing dogs will now likely be adopted, as usually happens when they leave the sport, though some may be transferred to other states where the sport will remain legal.

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