Greyhound racing begins as a gamble and for most dogs ends in tragedy.
Animals suffer and die in the New Zealand greyhound racing industry. Dogs are injured on the track and often killed, as their injuries will prevent them from racing again. An even larger number of healthy greyhounds are killed simply because they do not run fast enough, and therefore do not provide a financial return.
In December 2017, news broke of an ongoing investigation by the SPCA into live baiting in New Zealand. Live baiting involves live animals being used as lures to be chased and ripped apart by the dogs. A week later, the New Zealand Racing Board released a report on welfare issues in the greyhound racing industry, that highlighted many areas of concern.
Racing Minister Winston Peters described the report’s findings as “disturbing and deeply disappointing” and said the rates of dog deaths and low numbers of dogs rehomed are “simply unacceptable”. The report has a long list of recommendations for the industry, as did the previous one that was published in 2013. The greyhound racing industry failed to follow through then on changes to protect the dogs, and we can’t trust them to act any differently in response to the recent report.
New Zealand is one of only eight countries in the world that still carry out commercial greyhound racing. A ban in the ACT, Australia, came into force in April 2018, followed by a ban in Florida, USA, in November 2018. Since Florida is home to 11 out of the USA’s 17 active dog tracks, this is a signal of an end to dog racing in that country. New Zealand is falling behind and our Government needs to take action.
Urge Racing Minster Winston Peters to end greyhound racing.
It’s time to end the racing and killing of greyhounds.
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