Lawmakers today will hear testimony on a current bill to ban the practice of dog racing on Guam.
Bill 406, introduced by Sen. Thomas Ada and endorsed by animal advocacy group Guam Animals In Need, seeks to repeal current laws that allow the sport, forbids the practice of racing dogs, as well as bars the Department of Revenue and Taxation from licensing such activity on Guam.
The bill, available at www.guamlegislature.com, cites the closure of the Guam Greyhound Park in 2008 and the subsequent drain on community members’ and advocacy groups’ resources -- totaling some $150,000, the document states – in caring for the abandoned animals, as well as the inhumane treatment associated with the practice as reasons for the proposed law.
According to a release from GAIN, the non-profit organization aided in the rescue of hundreds of animals with the aid of other organizations throughout the country.
“The hundreds of greyhounds there were left without homes.,” the release reads. “GAIN, with the help of nationwide rescue groups and volunteers, rescued abandoned and abused greyhounds and found them loving homes through the Greyhound Rescue Program.”
The hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Guam Legislature in Hagatna.