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This November Florida voters will be faced with a choice; whether to say “Yes” or “No” to Amendment 13, a Constitutional Amendment that would phase out greyhound racing in the state of Florida by December 31, 2020. Animal welfare advocates, dog lovers, and Greyhound enthusiasts have worked tirelessly and for years to bring this amendment to voters believing that the citizens of Florida will stand with the dogs. On April 16th, this dream became a reality when Proposal 6012 was passed by the Constitution Revision Commission with a 27 to 10 vote. Now the fate of dog racing in Florida, and the lives of thousands of greyhounds, are in the hands of voters.

In an effort to advocate for Amendment 13, Grey2K USA and the Humane Society of the United States have teamed up to create Protect Dogs – Yes on 13, a grassroots campaign that informs voters about the cruelty of dog racing. The campaign has chosen to make it’s official launch at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (3607 N Armenia Avenue) with a press conference at 10:00am, on Monday, June 4th. Campaign leaders chose HSTB as the site of this historic moment because it is “one of the leading animal welfare organizations in the state.”

“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is proud to stand with greyhounds and is hopeful that the people of Florida will make history by voting in favor of Amendment 13 in November,” said Sherry Silk, HSTB Chief Executive Officer. “We hold Greyhounds in the same esteem as any of our other dogs and consider them worthy of compassion, protection, and loving homes.”

Press conference attendees will include government officials and animal welfare leaders and advocates including State Senator Dana Young, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Kate McFall, Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Joyce Carta, HSTB CEO Sherry Silk, grassroots volunteers, and rescued greyhounds.

The public and the media are invited to join us for the press conference.