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Dog racing ban approved for us state ballot

MASSACHUSETTS, USA: The State’s highest court has rejected a challenge by dog track owners who wanted to eliminate a November State Ballot question in that will ask voters whether to ban Greyhound racing.

The track owners argued the proposed ban could not be put to a state-wide ballot vote because it is aimed exclusively at the two places where dog racing currently exists: Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere and the Raynham-Taunton Dog Track in Raynham.

But the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled last Tuesday that dog racing amounts to a matter of State-wide concern, the Boston Herald reported.

The court said the Legislature and the people have the power - through the initiative process - to abolish animal racing that involves betting. If voters approve it, the ban on dog racing would go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

Since 1993, six US states have banned commercial Greyhound racing.