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Opinion

March 18, 2013

NH made right decision on greyhound bill

To the editor:

On March 13, the New Hampshire Legislature voted down by a two-to-one margin HB 564, a bill that would have cost New Hampshire 150 jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, responsible legislators ignored the ridiculous claims of Grey2K USA, a group that is known for distorting the facts and misleading the public.

In his March 14 letter, Eric Jackson said the bill had nothing to do with Florida, yet he and other Grey2K spokespeople said on more than one occasion that HB 564 was intended to “send a message” to Florida and other states that do not require public reporting of greyhound injuries. Clearly, Grey2K’s goal was to influence Florida policy. The bill would have had no effect on New Hampshire, since there is no live greyhound racing here.

Mr. Jackson also declared that HB 564 would “not eliminate a single job.” As the owner of one of the two tracks that would have been affected by this bill, I think I am in a better position to judge its impact on my business. Clearly, Grey2K’s grasp of economics is as tenuous as its hold on reality.

If passed, HB 564 would have put 150 New Hampshire residents out of work, cost the state thousands of dollars, without benefiting a single greyhound or changing a single state regulation in New Hampshire or anywhere else.

On behalf of Seabrook Park’s 150 employees and their families, I want to thank the New Hampshire legislators who voted in favor of common sense over radical animal rights rhetoric.

Karen Keelan

President, Seabrook Park

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