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Opposing views unite in support of AZ greyhound racing bill

Opposing views unite in support of AZ greyhound racing bill

CREATED Feb 29, 2012

Reporter: Corinne Hautala

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – A bill gaining steam in the Arizona legislature has opposing views coming together in support of it.

SB 1273 aims to reduce the required minimum number of live race days at the Tucson Greyhound Park from 200 a year to 100.  Those against dog racing and those in support of it want this bill to pass.

“Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane and should end,” said Grey2K USA President Christine Dorchak.  "Grey2K USA supports any measure that will help reduce the suffering of greyhounds at race tracks." 

Grey2K USA is a non-profit organization working to end greyhound racing.  Members of the organization recently protested in Tucson against a commercial that ran during the Super Bowl.  It showed a French bulldog wearing Skechers running shoes, winning a race against greyhounds. The commercial was shot at the Tucson Greyhound Park.

While, Grey2K USA supports the bill in hopes it will eventually end live dog racing, the Tucson Greyhound Park also supports the bill.

“The change simply gives us little more flexibility on how we schedule races,” said Michael Racy, Lobbyist for Tucson Greyhound Park. “Currently, for example we would still have to race four days in the dog days of August that might not make sense so this simply give us more business flexibility.”

Tucson Greyhound Park CEO Tom Taylor said the bill will add protection.  He explained, right now, if they don’t reach the minimum number of races a year, they will lose simulcasting.