Stop subsidy for both dog and horse racing.

Iowa originally got into gambling by legalizing betting on horse racing and dog racing.  Legalization of gambling was sold to the public, in part, as an economic development idea.  Horse breeding and training jobs would be created.  Voluntary gambling would not only pay for the racing purses (and get the money to the animal owners and trainers to create the jobs), but would also provide money to governments and charities.  Of course, as it has evolved, there is not enough money being gambled on either horse or dog races to pay for the purses, much less any money for government or charities. Profits from traditional casino gambling are covering the tremendous losses from animal racing.

There is a proposal in the Iowa Legislature to end dog racing by paying $70 million dollars to the private dog racing industry.  There is no current proposal to end horse racing.  Both need to be ended, and there should be no payment to either the horse or dog racing industries. If the racing were eliminated, it should not be allowed to result in windfall profits for private, for-profit owners of casinos that are funding the current losses.  If the owners of the of race tracks are willing to pay $70 million to the dog owners in return for ending dog racing, then they should be willing to pay that same $70 million to either government to charities.

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