Greyhound Racing New Zealand defends sport

by Abel Hampton July 10, 2016, 11:08
Greyhound Racing New Zealand defends sport

It also highlighted Greyhound Racing NSW's deliberate deception of the public when it comes to the deaths and injuries of dogs; it's estimated that 180 greyhounds sustain injuries during races such as skull fractures or broken backs each year.

The New South Wales Labor racing spokesman, Michael Daley, has accused the premier, Mike Baird, of ignoring "proper processes" and failing to consult before banning greyhound racing in the state.

"I was looking forward to catching up with a lot of my good friends, but now, yeah I am in shock and they will be too", Lyne said.

Describing how the industry had "transformed" the regulation of the sport over the last 16 months, it added: "Today is an extremely sad day for the NSW greyhound racing industry and the people involved in it".

According to the Commission report greyhounds that do not participate in the greyhound racing industry have a life expectancy of between approximately 12 and 15 years.

Jones also questioned the number of domestic dogs that are destroyed by pounds each year as well as the number of horses from the racing industry.

Similar to the crisis faced by Australia's live export industry, undercover investigations by Animals Australia into the use of live baiting in greyhound training were exposed on the ABC Four Corners television program previous year sparking intense public outrage and government action over animal cruelty.

The evidence collected ruled that the industry was in no shape for reform in the short or medium term either.

What will become of all the greyhounds in the racing industry?

She believes that the revenue the state government makes from the sport would have taken precedence.

Greyhound racing has enjoyed a resurgence across Australia.

South Australia won't be implementing a ban either, with Sports Minister Leon Bignell claiming greyhound racing in his state was clean and insisting there were no evidence of cruelty or corruption.

The group said China's only greyhound racing track, the Yat Yuen Canidrome, had a "deplorable welfare record".

Given the findings of the Commission concerning the management and governance of the greyhound racing industry, the Parliament of New South Wales should consider whether the industry has lost its social licence and should no longer be permitted to operate in NSW.

RSPCA Victoria chief executive officer Dr Liz Walker said the NSW report highlighted "inherent cruelty and significant and entrenched animal welfare problems", but did not call for a ban in Victoria.


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