OPPOSE Constitutional Amendment 13
Amendment 13 to the Florida Constitution is being characterized as an amendment to end wagering (betting) on greyhound races in Florida, but it goes much further than that. Amendment 13 is a “Trojan horse” amendment hiding its real purpose.
In short, Amendment 13 is not really about greyhound racing, it’s a front for much more.
If Amendment 13 is passed, extreme animal rights organizations will have a new constitutional standard to challenge any and all activities they find objectionable.
In fact, many believe the first action of these extreme animal rights groups will be to immediately begin work to ban all hunting and fishing, including recreational fishing. That alone would have a huge negative impact on tourism in Florida, as well as remove the ability of FWC to effectively manage wildlife populations.
Amendment 13 includes the phrase:
“The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.” That language will not appear on the ballot BUT IT IS IN THE AMENDMENT.
Since no one wants animals treated inhumanely, I and the vast majority of Floridians would agree with that statement in general terms. However, there is a vast difference between what the public