Argentina considers bill to ban greyhound racing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) " Argentine lawmakers are debating a bill to ban greyhound racing as a way to reduce the risk of animal cruelty.

The senate approved the bill last year and the lower house was considering it Wednesday.

The measure includes jail terms of up to four years and fines of about $5,000 for anyone who organizes, participates in or promotes dog races.

About 200 demonstrators backing and opposing the bill gathered outside Congress in Buenos Aires. Greyhound breeders showed off their dogs and chanted slogans while animal rights activists shouted back at them: "Murderers!"

President Mauricio Macri says he's in favor of the measure so people can stop profiting "from the suffering of animals."

Numerous jurisdictions across the United States and the world have banned greyhound racing.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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