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Opinion

February 14, 2013

No changes to greyhound racing under NH bill

To the editor:

I am writing about the Feb. 9 story, “Seabrook races to save dog track jobs.” I would like to reiterate that House Bill 564 does not affect the ability of Seabrook to receive simulcast racing signals or profit from them. This bill is about ensuring the welfare of greyhounds used in racing. HB 564 simply requires simulcasting signals adhere to the same standard of injury reporting already required by New Hampshire law. Injury reporting encourages transparency and reduces the number of greyhounds that are euthanized when injuries occur. The people of New Hampshire clearly indicated their concern for the welfare of racing greyhounds by passing an injury reporting law in 2004. HB 564 reflects that concern and applies the same standard to simulcasting signals.

I have been involved in greyhound adoption, foster care and advocacy since 2005 and currently share my home with four greyhounds. I am also vice president of GREY2K USA, the largest national nonprofit greyhound protection organization in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.grey2kusa.org.

Eric Jackson

Albuquerque, N.M.

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