At first glance a funny and surprising line from Judge Gievers, but is it? Those that know the history of this ill conceived “Amendment” to the Florida Constitution are not surprised. The title fits outfits like Grey2K USA, HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), and Protect Dogs, Yes on 13. For those that don’t know, the main founder of Grey2k is a documented liar. From the very beginning she had either planned or unplanned, a scheme to raise money for her “cause” predicated on a fake accident sob story. I won’t go into detail as I have chronicled that farce elsewhere on this page. Suffice to say she basically lies to pull on people’s emotions for money for her and her husband to live off and for their twisted cause to end Greyhound Racine because as THEY put it is “cruel and inhumane”.
The supporters of Amendment 13 used every trick available to get this on the ballot. From paying off politicians, to politicians and others outright lying to the Florida Constitution Revision Committee to get it through to the ballot. Tom Lee the main proponent of this initiative could not even answer questions about the issue and had deferred to others many times. He had other initiatives before the CRC, but they were shot down, most likely deals he made with the other Commissioners to drop his other issues to get this on the ballot. Which brings up the main issue, the politicizing of the CRC. I and many others attended these meeting held around the state in what was purported by the CRC to be a public input forum. After attending two of these “public input meetings”, I could clearly see the minds of the commissioners that did show up were already made up on this and most of the other proposals. Which brings me to attendance. Our “esteemed” Attorney General, Pam Bondi, attended ZERO meetings but staunchly fought to get this on the ballot. On one of the final non public meeting on March 20, 2018, she pleaded for her other cohorts to put this on the ballot as she said she had personally prosecuted cases of abuse. Well they bought it hook, line, and sinker. I requested the public records of such prosecutions from the AG office, there were NONE. I then made a Public Records request from the State Attorney’s office she worked in and also claimed to have prosecuted cases. They stonewalled me by saying they needed the specific case numbers. Well if I HAD the case numbers, I probably knew the cases and wouldn’t need them to search. I then posted two open requests to Pam Bondi on Twitter for the case numbers, no response. So we will assume she was lying to the CRC and had NEVER prosecuted a Greyhound abuse case. As a side note I was more than able to get public record on politicians from the House and Senate by just having them search “greyhound”.
Back to the first paragraph and “cruel and inhumane”. As has been documented by one man with a Go Pro Camera and many trainers and kennel assistants posting real time video of these dogs wagging tails, socializing, and just generally being dogs, there is no rampant abuse they speak of. They lay their claim to a 2006 ”Investigative Report” by a DBPR employee by the name of Steven Toner who is now deceased. In that report were “alleged” violations and “allegations” of dogs not being treated correctly as well as a quote by Mr. Toner that dogs were crated 20-23 hours per day. It has been noted in the inner circles that Mr. Toner was not a racing proponent, but as you will see, it is somewhat irrelevant when you look at the totality of the report and the events or specifically non events that happened after this report was turned in by Mr. Toner. You see if one looks up both “alleged” and ‘allegations” in any dictionary, the phrase “without proof” is contained within the definition of BOTH words. This report contained both “alleged” action and “allegations”. This is important as you can equate this in real life as a charge, be it criminal or civil and would require a trial to substantiate and charge this particular kennel owner with a felony (animal cruelty) and the other charges which some were violations of Florida Statute under the DBPR. But you see, there was no further action ever taken, no court trial on the merits of the “investigation”. For whatever reason the DBPR did not send the case to the DOAH (Department of Administrative Hearings) which is where anyone licensed under the DBPR can be charged with a crime, have their occupational licenses revoked or suspended, and can levy fines. So with just charges and none proven in a court of law, why do they rely heavily on the “investigative” report that went nowhere. The charges were NEVER proven. This basically makes their main claim null and void, or just the same “Outright Trickeration” we have come to expect from them and their brothers and sisters.