Preserving the legacy of the greyhound breed by keeping racing in Florida State.
You can mail a check to: The Florida Greyhound Association c/o
2779 Hwy 190 East
Grapevine ARKANSAS 72057
You can mail a check to the American Peoples Committee 730 East Park Avenue Tallahasse, Florida 32308
ALL donations will be used to protect Live Greyhound Racing in #GreyhoundNation!
About Us >
Florida Greyhound Association (FGA). The FGA is the "legislative voice" in the State of Florida for greyhound breeders, owners, kennel operators, vendors & adoption. By perserving greyhound racing, the industry supports all lifestages of the greyhound breed.
Our Mission >
The FGA endeavors to highlight the importance of the Greyhound Industry in the State of Florida. More than half of all race tracks in North America are based in Florida and greyhounds from around the country race in Florida. The FGA is affiliated with the National Greyhound Association (NGA), located in Abilene, Kansas, and we have seven regional associations throughout Florida that operate in conjunction with us.
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The Florida Greyhound Association (FGA) is the Official Voice of the Greyhound men & women & supporters in Florida. Please follow the Lure, the FGA and the NGA! Do not let the “keyboard warriors” get you down. 🐾🐾 Well meaning loose cannons can hurt your cause!
#Donate ONLY to the NGA & the FGA! To help in the Legislative and Legal fight for “Just Compensation”!
Please Donate @ FGA web www.floridagreyhoundassociation.com
or you can mail a check to:
The Florida Greyhound Association c/o
2779 Hwy 190 East
Grapevine ARKANSAS 72057
You can also mail a check to:
The American Peoples Committee
730 East Park Avenue
Tallahasse, Florida 32301
“ALL” donations will be used for the Legislative & Legal Defense Fund to fight for
”Just Compensation” for Greyhound men and women!
#Adopt from an NGA ENDORSED RESPONSIBLE ADOPTION GROUP! 🐾🐾
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Greyhound kennel operators are entitled to just compensation for their kennels
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Horne v. Department of Agriculture held that the Takings Clause of the Constitution doesn't just apply to real property---it also applies to personal property. This means that racing greyhound dog owners are entitled to "just compensation" for their dogs. Greyhound race tracks are entitled to just compensation for their tracks, grandstands and tote boards.
Greyhound kennel operators are entitled to just compensation for their kennels. When the state puts someone out of business---there are financial consequences.
The State of Florida has been down this path before. When the voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1994 to ban net fishing more than 15,000 fill net fishers were put out of business. Realizing its financial obligation to the fishermen, the Florida Legislature passed the "Net Ban Assistance Program" which included $20 million to buy back nets, millions of dollars for job training, and millions more to compensate fisherman for lost income.
Eight years later the voters of Florida passed the "Pregnant Pig" amendment which prevents confinement of pigs during pregnancy. Steve Basford, one of two pig farmers in Florida that was essentially put out of business by the amendment filed suit to recover compensation for his personal property that was rendered useless when the amendment passed. Ultimately, the State of Florida paid Mr. Basford more than $1 million as just compensation for his losses.
Now the state has an obligation to compensate racing greyhound owners and others financially harmed by passage of the greyhound amendment. Just compensation for the taking of property is a longstanding legal principle in our country. It is not optional---it is Constitutional.
For Immediate Release
CHRISTOPHER J. D'Arcy, a member of The Florida Greyhound Association has filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida for "Just Compensation!".
A member of the Florida Greyhound Association, with the cooperation of other members of the Florida Greyhound Association has released a copy of the lawsuit that he filed against the State of Florida.
Mr. D'Arcy raises claims under both the Florida and US Constitutions seeking compensation for the taking of his property. The claims are applicable to many other of Florida Greyhound Association Members.
The Claims Are:
1. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution applicable to Florida through the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Case law defines the parameters of what our clients may recover and establishes what we must show to prevail. This claim will be made for all our clients.
2. Article X, section (6)(a) of the Florida
Constitution. This claim is very similar to the Fifth Amendment claim as far as burdens of proof and definitions of 'taking' because it is largely based on the Fifth Amendment's just compensation clause.
Jim Blanchard President of the Florida Greyhound Association said it is our intent to defend the Property rights of our Members and to ensure that they receive "Just Compensation"!
Just Compensation for Greyhound Owners is Not Optional, it is Constitutional!
The longstanding view that government cannot take your property, without fairly compensating you for that property, dates back to the Magna Carta. This foundational principle can be found in Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Law of England" as well as in Sir John Locke's "Two Treatises on Government".
The writings of Locke, in particular, heavily influenced our Founding Fathers. Therefore, it is no surprise that Locke's property rights views found their way in to the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which proclaims that no person shall "be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
In light of this bedrock legal principle, the State of Florida must now deal with the legal consequences of passing the constitutional amendment banning greyhound racing. When the amendment is fully implemented up to 10,000 people will lose their livelihood and up to 15,000 racing greyhounds will be retired. All of the property used in the greyhound racing industry (including the racing dog themselves) will be rendered valueless as a result of the passage of the amendment.
The “Truth & Facts” about Live Greyhound Racing!
Good for Florida and Good for the Greyhounds!
Amendment 13 will cost over 3,000 Florida jobs, and require over 8,000 Greyhounds to be relocated over the next 2 years.
The Greyhound men & women must be compensated for the taking of the “fair market value” of their property under Florida Law, the Bert Harris Act, the Florida and the U.S. Constitution, either through the negotiating with the Legislature or through the Courts.
The Florida Greyhound men & women will continue Adopt all of their Greyhounds through the National Greyhound Association approved and qualified Adoption Groups @ https://www.ngagreyhounds.com/Adopt over the next 2 years, as they have been doing for decades.
All Racing Greyhounds in Florida are well trained and well treated. Please see Dogs Don’t Lie @ https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/city-times/column-racing-ban-not-choice-of-greyhound-adoption-agencies-20180928/
All Racing Greyhounds in Florida are well trained and well treated. Greyhound owners do not get paid unless their Greyhound comes in first, second, third or fourth in a race. Greyhound owners ensure that their Greyhounds receive the best treatment. Everything from the size of the crate, the quantity and quality of food, veterinary care to the amount of walking, exercises and play time is closely monitored for optimum athletic performance.
The State of Florida inspects all Greyhound kennels at all tracks.
The Florida Greyhound Association and the National Greyhound Association have a “0” tolerance policy for Animal Abuse.
One animal dying prematurely is too many, but all athletes, humans or animals can get injuries and can even die from those injuries. To avoid Greyhound injuries at the Track, the Florida Greyhound Owners have proposed Legislation, the “3 Point Safety Plan”, that would have eliminated most injuries and deaths at the track.
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