Source: MIL-OSI Submissions
Source: SAFE NZ
The Government has just announced a review of the greyhound racing industry, following reports from SAFE, Greyhound Protection League and Grey2K USA Worldwide of ongoing cruelty within the greyhound racing industry.
In the announcement, Minister for Racing Grant Robertson said he is not satisfied the industry is improving animal welfare, and Greyhound Racing New Zealand has failed to provide sufficient information on changes they are making.
Should the review show that progress has not been sufficient, a further fundamental look at the greyhound racing industry may be required, said Robertson
SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said she’s encouraged by this announcement.
“Greyhound racing continues to put dog’s lives at risk,” said Ashton. “So far this year over 270 dogs have been killed or injured, and those are the dogs we are aware of.”
“Getting information from Greyhound Racing New Zealand about the treatment of dogs in their industry is incredibly difficult, so we’re looking forward to a comprehensive review of the industry.”
More than 26,000 people have signed SAFE and Greyhound Protection League’s petition to ban Greyhound racing. Green MP Chloe Chloe Swarbrick announced earlier this year she would be submitting a members bill to ban greyhound racing in Aotearoa.
“The situation for dogs in the Greyhound Racing industry is untenable. This is an industry that must be banned.”
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Greyhound injury list:
– 28 March, Auckland: THRILLING PEGGY fractured right hock.
– 29 March, Christchurch: MITCHAM ILA – a fractured hock.
– 30 March, Christchurch: GOTCHA TROY – fractured hock.
– 30 March, Christchurch: RIPSTORM – fractured hock
– 11 April, Auckland: ALL DAY LONG fractured left scapula fracture
– 11 April, Auckland: SPRING TIMMIE fractured right hock
Reported Greyhound death toll from January 2021 to date:
– January 1, Whanganui: My Pablo, euthanised after suffering a ruptured stomach. And Born Quick, euthanised after suffering a fractured hind tarsal bone.
– January 6, Whanganui: Novo Ollie, euthanised after suffering a fractured right hock.
– January 10, Auckland: My Kirsty, euthanised after suffering a fractured right hock.
– January 12, Christchurch – Hold the flag -euthanised after suffering a fractured leg
– January 15 – Christchurch – Homebush Carra – euthanised after suffering a fractured leg
– January 25 – Opawa Troy died during surgery for an injury
– March 21 – Big Time Falcon – euthanised after suffering significant damage to right hock
– The Greyhound Protection League is running a petition, which asks Parliament to pass legislation to ban greyhound racing and to require all dogs that have been bred for racing be rehomed and rehabilitated.
– Photos of dogs rescued by the Greyhound Protection League.
– Greyhound racing is legal in only seven countries. A ban in the Australian Capital Territory came into force in April 2018, followed by a ban in Florida, USA, in November 2018. Since Florida is home to 11 of the USA’s 17 active dog tracks, this is a signal that greyhound racing is about to become a thing of the past in the United States.
– Information about greyhound racing in New Zealand.