OP-ED | Keep Dog Racing In The Past

OP-ED | Keep Dog Racing In The Past

CHRISTINE A. DORCHAK

On Wednesday, the Oregon Senate voted unanimously to ban puppy racing. Just like Connecticut, the last greyhound race occurred there additional than a 10 years in the past. But retiring Senate President Peter Courtney under no circumstances wants to see Multnomah Greyhound Park open up once again.

In speaking for the passage of his remaining, legacy invoice, he created crystal clear that pet dog racing belongs in the earlier. “If there is at any time an concern that is not Democratic, not Republican, not city, and not rural, it is animals,” he explained. “I do not know how you could do this to an animal that you are utilizing to make funds. I do not know how you could take care of an animal like that.”

By all accounts, pet racing was a failed experiment in Connecticut. Tracks 1st opened in 1976, many years soon after greyhound gambling experienced very first been legalized in other states and just before the industry started its downward spiral. Due to the fact 2001, 44 tracks have shut nationwide and two additional services in two other states are in the procedure of shutting down now. Although are living racing finished in the point out in 2005, beneath present regulation, possessing and functioning pet dog racing tracks is permitted and legal in Connecticut.