Letters: Support dog-racing ban in state constitution

Support dog-racing ban

in state constitution

I commend state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, for his historic proposal to end greyhound racing in our state. He has filed for an amendment to the state constitution that would ban dog racing by 2021, and I urge the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to approve this proposal.

Greyhounds are kept confined in their cages, barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around, for at least 20 hours per day. Moreover, racing causes many injuries, which regularly go unreported. Further, a dog dies every three days on the tracks.

Greyhounds are also subject to cruel and inhumane industry standard practices like the use of anabolic steroids to suppress estrus in females.

The greyhound racing industry promotes and tolerates an overproduction of dogs, resulting in an annual surplus numbering in the thousands, many of whom will end up being destroyed, despite the best efforts of shelters and rescue groups. The state of Florida should not be a willing participant in this cycle of death.


Okeechobee sheriff

no friend to dairy cows

The sheriff of Okeechobee County should be fired. Rather than commend Animal Recovery Mission, the organization that exposed the atrocities happening at Larson Dairy, he deflected attention from the real issue by placing partial blame on the organization for not turning in evidence sooner. (“Sheriff: Group should have provided video of alleged abuse at dairy farm sooner,” Monday)

The sheriff stated that he has known the Larsons for three generations and they would never allow abusive behavior at their farm. Can we expect a fair and impartial investigation from a sheriff who has already decided the Larsons are not guilty?

Isn’t it reasonable to assume that the Larsons knew or should have known what Larson employees were doing on Larson property, while under the paid employ of the Larsons?

The Larsons added insult to injury by firing only one employee and suspending two others. If the Larsons are as concerned as they claim to be about the welfare of their cattle, why weren’t all of the abusers fired?

If society wants these abuses to end, it needs to act. We, as voters and consumers, need to demand stronger animal rights legislation, tougher sentences for abusers, tougher judges and tougher sheriffs.


Limit bridge-raising

to three times daily

While the sky is falling from global warming, a scene is repeated every 30 minutes at every Intracoastal bridge in Florida. Millions of cars sit millions of minutes spewing toxic fumes into the air so a craft can move the few short yards under the bridgeway.

It is long past time to open the bridges three times a day only. The boaters will adapt.


Teacher speaks for me,

but include salaries, too

I am a Palm Beach County School District teacher for the past 21 years.

Regarding Janet Meckstroth Alessi’s article “Why good teachers quit” (Nov. 7), please let me say: Janet speaks for me.

Although, she neglected to mention our salary problem. We’re still in the bottom 15 percent of average teacher pay in the U.S.


Moore, accusers should

take polygraph tests

In regard to the very important election for senator in Alabama, I do not understand why the people involved, Judge Roy Moore and the women, do not take lie-detector tests.

If Moore and the women who have accused him take these tests, at least we, the public, will have a better idea whether the judge is fit to become a senator.


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