In the wake of the Nov 4th referendum on greyhound racing in Massachusetts and the impending racing ban as of Jan 1st 2010, dog track workers are still angry and bitter about the result.

The Taunton Daily Gazette (USA) revelas: “Closing the state’s two dog tracks will leave an estimated 650 people jobless in Raynham and another 200-300 others out-of-work at Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere.

Many workers expressed a sense of betrayal that they were losing their paychecks and health insurance to a ballot vote. They wondered why Gov. Deval Patrick did nothing to try to sway public opinion against the question.

“Nobody did anything wrong. The kennel owners love their dogs,” 27-year old Lilly Rempel-Elliot, who works in the accounting office, said. While Raynham faces a loss of a half million dollars in gambling and property tax revenue and could be looking at job furloughs, local sympathy was for the workers.”

Campaigners won the vote by 56 % and were delighted with the outcome: “The Committee to Protect Dogs xecutive director Carey Theil called it “a victory for everyone in the Commonwealth who cares about dogs.”

“Voter have sent a clear message that we will not tolerate an industry that causes thousands of dogs to endure lives of terrible confinement and many to suffer serious injury,” he said. “Tonight’s vote means that this cruelty will finally come to an end.”

However the fight is not over yet: ” Legislatures may repeal, amend or delay it, as they did for tax rollback and election financing measures. The size of the popular vote makes that prospect unlikely. On Jan. 1, 2010, dog racing will become history in this state.”

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