Discussion of Amendment 13 with Carey Theil, of Grey2K USA Worldwide, & our Greyhound Correspondent Don Goldstein

For this edition of “Talking Animals,” I presented a special show devoted to greyhounds, and specifically, Amendment 13, the ballot measure that, if it passes on Nov. 6, would end greyhound racing in Florida by 2020. I held this in-studio discussion with Carey Theil, executive director of Grey2K USA Worldwide, a national greyhound protection organization, and Don Goldstein, Talking Animals’ longtime greyhound correspondent. While nowhere near as vocal, there were two others in studio: two retired racing greyhounds, Mira and Jazzy, both members of the Goldstein family. Theil and Goldstein outlined their history with greyhounds, which in Theil’s case involves a great deal of advocacy and political campaigns around dog racing, while Goldstein explains how he and his wife began adopting greyhounds 26 years ago, currently live with four (the population at their house typically ranges from four to six), and have fostered some 50 greyhounds. The pair provide a bit of Greyhound Racing 101, included the faded interest and decreased revenues (the Florida tracks are estimated to lose about $30 million per year on dog racing), and the screwy Florida law that requires the tracks to offer racing in order to operate the lucrative card rooms. But much of the conversation revolved around Amendment 13, which Theil, Goldstein, and myself—and, probably, Mira & Jazzy—are squarely in favor of, but we did field calls from listeners with assorted viewpoints, including some decidedly members of No On 13 camp. Part of this was addressing the impact—on the dogs, on the tracks, the greyhound adoption groups—as well as the timetable, and more, if the Amendment were to pass, which requires 60% voter support on Nov. 6. (https://www.grey2kusa.org/index.php, https://protectdogs.org)

The entire show streamed on Facebook Live, which can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/duncan.strauss/videos/10157193603349218/ 

 

COMEDY CORNER: We skipped the Comedy Corner today.

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: We didn’t play Name That Animal Tune today.

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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