The new year brought a new law to the Sunshine State.
In 2018, Florida voters approved a measure that made wagering on dog races illegal in the state effective 2021. Without betting, the sport can't operate and the last track closed Dec. 31.
Florida joins a number of other states that have banned greyhound racing over the last several years.
That leaves only four states — Arkansas among them — with operating dog tracks. Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis has announced plans to phase out dog racing by 2022. Dog racing is legal in Texas, but the state's last track offering live racing, Gulf Greyhound Park, closed earlier this year.
Opponents say the sport is cruel and that racing greyhounds are treated inhumanely. They want to see dog racing banned across the U.S.
Supporters reject the claims of cruelty and inhumane treatment. They also worry that, should animal activists get their way, they will target horse racing or rodeo next.
We want to know what you think. Should states that still allow greyhound racing ban the sport? Or do you think tracks continue to operate?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, January3. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.