Since the wife and I like to cruise our
favorite local haunts an article about
ending greyhound racing in Dubuque
caught my eye.
If we understand correctly the dog tracks
mentioned are owned by casinos and
subsidised by the state.
And since we don’t attend or bet on said
races we don’t pretend to know the
But a couple of things caught our eye.
Had betting really gone from $186 million
per year in 1986 down to $5.9 million in
Then the Dubuque Racing Association
subsidised one track to the tune of $4.5
million last year.
Iowa lawmakers would have to vote to
approve ending the dog racing mandate if
if an agreement can be reached an agreement.
We realise that people would lose their
jobs if the tracks close and those at the
lower levels would probably remain without
But dog racing has been on the
decline for a while now.
And animal rights groups have been vocal
in their opposition to the sport.
Proponents claim the racing needs more
promotion, employees would like to stay
employed, while the casinos would like to
cut their losses.
Still, dog racing is something the Dubuque
area has that other areas with casinos do
We don’t have a side in this as our idea
of racing involves wheels and an engine but
believe not all the campers are going to
be happy when the dust settles.
Comments are always welcome.