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dog racing,

trials of speed between dogs. Now contested on oval tracks, the sport developed from the ancient practice of coursing, in which specially trained dogs chase game animals in the open field. Whippets chased live rabbits until the protests of humane groups had the practice outlawed. Artificial hares, first tried in 1876 in England, eventually became standard and greyhounds, accustomed to hunting by sight and sound rather than by smell, replaced whippets. The sport became popular in the United States in the 1930s when some states permitted wagering. Dog tracks are popular in Florida, Massachusetts, and some western states as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, and Indonesia.
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Over the past decade, gambling on dog racing and greyhound breeding has declined by 66 percent and 57 percent, respectively.
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For the dog racing application to be successful, it needs to be granted planning permission for restoration work and to reach an agreement on the stadium's lease.
But Racing Post chief greyhound correspondent Jonathan Kay said the sale raised immediate concerns for the future of the dogs at Hall Green, a popular venue for dog racing in Birmingham since 1927.
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Live dog racing may soon be out of the picture in New Hampshire, but whether it will fade away or be forced out remains to be seen.
Question 3 asks voters to approve the prohibition of dog racing that involves betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs.
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