Greyhound racing will finally meet its death in NSW

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has just announced today that, as of 1 July 2017, the state will ban

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has just announced today that, as of 1 July 2017, the state will ban greyhound racing. This announcement is the first of its kind in Australia, and follows in the footsteps of many countries around the world, including many states in the US.

The decision followed an inquiry into the industry following revelations of live baiting. The Special Commission of Inquiry was established over a year ago, after reports emerged of cruelty to animals and other illegal activities. Former High Court judge Michael McHugh oversaw the Special Commission.

In a media release and a Facebook post, Mike Baird said, “In response to widespread illegal and unconscionable activity, including the slaughtering of tens of thousands of dogs, I can today announce that NSW is putting an end to greyhound racing. We have now received the report of the Commission, conducted by former High Court Judge Michael McHugh, and the findings are damning.”  The report found that between 48,000 and 68,000 greyhounds – or almost half of all greyhounds bred to race – were killed in the past 12 years because they were deemed uncompetitive.


Mr. Baird goes on to say that the NSW Government did not believe that the benefits of the dog racing industry outweighed the shortcomings. He said:

“One of the issues we have had to wrestle with is the positive impact of the greyhound racing industry. There are over 1000 direct jobs in the industry and nearly 6000 registered owners of greyhounds. Dog racing can be an important part of the social fabric of regional towns. And, of course, having a punt on the dogs over a few beers is good fun for many people.” Anticipating backlash regarding the jobs that will be lost because of this decision, the Premier said, “I feel much empathy for innocent trainers and those who will lose their job or hobby as a result of this. And I understand the disappointment of people who enjoy having a punt on the dogs. But we simply cannot and will not stand-by and allow the widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals.”

You can read the full report here.

Update at 4:40 pm: The ACT Government is set to follow the lead of the NSW government on its stance on the industry, saying it’s untenable to keep financially supporting the greyhound industry.

What do you think about this ban? Do you think it will be successful?

  1. Andrea Taylor  

    Great, they are great dogs and make wonderful pets, great start Australia, Come on New Zealand, lets do the same.
    Dog lover Waiarapa NZ

  2. Let’s hope the other States follow suit. If the ban is policed correctly there is no reason it shouldn’t succeed.

  3. Daryl McCulloch  

    The Economists ,who recently advised there would be five million Australians out of work within the next 5 to 10 years, may have to adjust “up’ their numbers.
    The Horse Racing & Trotting industry will be next, if this Legislation goes through.
    Fair Dinkum, everyone should go and work at the Abattoirs for awhile to see how the animal chain is utilised.
    These holy than thou people, would in all probability be demanding everyone turns into a vegetarian.
    The faster dogs survive, the slower one’s go to a better place , mostly in a quick & efficient manner, with the majority here, being penalised by the 20% minority.
    Sound Familiar ??????????????

    • What of the other racing codes ? Best of luck start fighting now you are next if this is an indication of a fool who leads the NSW government.
      I still don’t believe this ban will happen the protest and economic facts haven’t been properly examined .
      If it goes further it will prove NSW has a total idiot leading it.

    • well mr blue beard has just found more real estate to selloff he dose not care what happens to the battler or hi hobbys its just another money grab by the librals .

  4. Paul  

    I agree with you Daryl, instead of banning it, why not improve the regulation and policing of the regulations. My wife’s father had racing greyhounds and she said that they were beautiful animals, even though it was commercial decision to have them, they were treated like pets. Isn’t what the NSW govt is admitting that they have got it wrong in the past by failing to employ enough inspectors to keep the unscrupulous operators in check. As usual the minority wins again.

  5. I am elated that Minister Baird finally recognized what many of us
    have known for years and that is the exploitation of living creatures
    for profit leads only to heartless cruelty, needless suffering and death
    for those animals trapped in this barbaric gulag.

    I am a Board member of Grey2KUSA Worldwide, an organization that fights to
    save these marvelous creatures all over the globe (you can lean more about us
    here: I have fostered and adopted
    rescued racing greyhounds since 1995. I cannot imagine abandoning any of
    them when they become injured, old or sick and yet this is routinely what
    happens to them at operating tracks. Imagine the danger they face when the track
    closes. They need a guardian angel more than ever at times like this and I hope
    Minister Baird realizes that his continued protection of these soon to be homeless dogs is
    even more important than his decision to liberate them.

    Fred Barton

    Board Member
    Grey2K USA Worldwide

    • Marlon Beckwith  

      Hey Fred – Looks like you jumped the gun on this one. Good thing Baird was able to see though the bull sh*t spewed by animal rights terrorists like Grey2k.

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