Shocking greyhound cruelty worse than everyone thought 93



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The opening of the inquiry into the NSW greyhound industry is likely to leave the country stunned. Worse than that, it is likely to leave the industry in tatters, showing that they kill more dogs in the greyhound industry in this country than the RSPCA. The big question on everyone’s lips is how the industry could survive this and should they be allowed to?

A confidential report by Greyhounds Australasia and Greyhound Racing SA show the industry is killing the dogs that underpin it at between 74% and 96% per year. The Australian reports that it shows 13,000-17,000 healthy dogs are killed in the industry each year our of 17,500 dogs. The RSPCA apparently puts down 7,307 dogs.

A report by Four Corners back in June 2015 uncovered evidence that greyhound racers have been secretly ‘blooding’ their dogs with rabbits, rats and other small animals as a part of “systemic and widespread cheating”.

Animal welfare groups have expressed their disgust for the practice, which is illegal and archaic but the system has been waiting for an enquiry to open up the practices and draw conclusions on the depths of the issues.  Apparently the issues run deeper than any of us could have predicted.

“As little as four in every 100 greyhounds born each year will make it beyond about 42 months of age,” counsel assisting the special commission of inquiry into the NSW greyhound industry Stephen Rushton SC said to The Australian.

“As many as 96 in every 100 healthy young greyhounds born each year will be destroyed by the industry which bred them”.

Today’s numbers show abhorrent cruelty, but the insights that will flow from here may well be both shocking and damning, taking a look into the allegations of inappropriate distribution of TAB funds and mistreatment of dogs.

But, from today, it’s not just the evidence of the cheating and illegal live baiting practices that make everyone angry and may make thousands of greyhound races invalid.  It is the cruelty to these harmless creatures that needs an even bigger look, so we as a nation think about what the industry is really built on.

So tell us today, are you surprised by these numbers? And what do you think should happen to this industry?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Greyhound racing should be abolished.

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  2. This has been going on forever. ban the industry altogether, and fine offenders heavily. Now that the truth is out there, we need to keep it out there until real action is taken. It is not acceptable to allow this cruelty to continue

  3. Time this industry died, it is cruel and unnecessary, if people are that keen to waste their money gambling they can bet on a large 4 creature..a horse

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    • i live in canberra we have band fireworks and live circus and people say to me you had fireworks and you went to a circus when you were a kid and i did i’m 63 in november and i can remember when aborignal people did’nt have the right to vote we have progressed as a race with empathy for our fellow humans and also all our beautiful animals who love and care for us and trust we will do the same to them ,but do we always, the almighty dollar is the bench mark for a lot of people in society today and it makes me very sad for the future for the next generaction’s

  4. I was shocked 17,000 put down because they were not considered suitable to race, if 17,000 humans were murdered , the people murdering them would be called serial killers and never released from jail. And these cruel and inhuman people killing these dogs, should be locked up never to be release..shut the Industry down NOW.

  5. It should be banned, and so should the export of greyhounds to Asian tracks where their life is possibly even worse. Horse racing needs an overhaul too with something like 75% of thoroughbred foals born being killed for pet food as they are injured or too slow. Only a small number have a life beyond the race track.

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  6. There is an answer ..if they graded greyhounds on times more would be racing and less needed to be bred…if they had 3-4 trials to see average times then graded on these and if there was big discrepancy in trial times and racing time then disqualified until right thing was done

  7. Put some of this so called humans to sleep for good of the industry. So sick of animals being paraded and used for humans entertainment. Put them on a track and make them perform.

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