I rise to join the voices of my fellow citizens who are concerned over the ethical treatment of these fine loyal loving animals. You do not have to look far to find examples of how poorly they are treated, spending as much as 23 hours a day confined in a tiny kennel as seen here. Some friends who have blogs also show there concern at Blue Mass Group, Granby01033, LeftinLowell and Ryan's Take. Please take the time to follow the links and read what this is all about.
I'm sure all people want to be informed voters, so I have brought the full text of Question 3 here for your convenience. Any opinions on this matter are welcome, you may add comments to this article below. Feel free to encourage others with your own voice, yet if you do nothing more than vote you will have still made a difference.
INITIATIVE LANGUAGE FOR AN ACT TO PROTECT GREYHOUNDS
Be it enacted by the people and their authority:
Declaration of purpose. The citizens of Massachusetts find that commercial dog racing is cruel and inhumane, and as recommended by the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, GREY2K USA, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, declare that it should be prohibited in the commonwealth.
Chapter 128A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 14D the following section: -
Section 14E. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or any general or special law to the contrary, no dog racing or racing meeting where any form of betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs occurs shall be conducted or permitted in this commonwealth and the commission is hereby prohibited from accepting or approving any application or request for racing dates for dog racing.
Any person violating any provision of this section relative to dog racing shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than twenty thousand dollars which shall be payable to the commission and used for administrative purposes of the commission subject to appropriation.
All other provisions of this Chapter shall be construed as if they contain no references to dogs, dog racing or dog races.
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the effective date of this section shall be January 1, 2010.
The several provisions of this Act are independent and severable and the invalidity, if any, of any part or feature thereof shall not affect or render the remainder of the Act invalid or inoperative.