Lawrence Humane Takes Stand on Greyhound Racing Bill (6News Lawrence)
Date: February 10, 2017
The House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed a bill 11-10 yesterday that could give an incentive for race track owners to open facilities and add slot machines. Representatives in attendance at the vote cited job creation as a reason to support the bill. Animal Rights advocates fear, if HB2173 receives final approval, it could allow track owners to use slot machine subsidies to fund greyhound race tracks.
“At the very least just amend the bill and pull out the greyhound racing piece,” said Kate Meghji, President of the Pet Animal Coalition of Kansas and Executive Director for Lawrence Humane Society. “That’s the important thing. It’s an inhumane sport and I don’t think we want Kansas to be one of only six states that allow greyhound racing. Let’s not be the seventh.”