Let’s talk: Should greyhound racing be banned across the country?

After months of debate in parliament and in public, greyhound racing has officially been banned in New South Wales. Last
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After months of debate in parliament and in public, greyhound racing has officially been banned in New South Wales.

Last night, NSW premier Mike Baird lead a successful campaign to ban the industry after an investigation found up to 68,000 greyhounds were killed as “wastage” in the past 12 years.

The innocent animals were considered “too slow to pay their way or were unsuitable for racing”.

The vote was passed 48 to 35 and now there is talk about the ban being issued across the entire country.

It is a subject that is diving many, with some saying the industry is rampant with animal cruelty and needs to be shut down and others saying a total ban would ruin the lives of hundreds of people.

Mr Baird said he was happy the vote had passed, but Opposition leader Luke Foley put up a huge fight standing for two hours to speak against the shutdown.

“I am pleased the Parliament has strongly supported the Government’s decision, because it is the right one, even though it has been a difficult one,” said Premier Mike Baird.

“The bill is the direct consequence of the Special Commission, which found compelling evidence of systemic animal cruelty in greyhound racing and concluded there was a culture of cover-up that gave no comfort to those who hoped it could be reformed.”

But Mr Foley said Mr Baird “is breaking the hearts of thousands of good men and women across the state.”

“Let’s throw the book at the bad people in the industry with life bans and prison sentences for those found guilty of animal cruelty but let’s not destroy an entire industry and way of life,” he said.

“Regional and rural NSW has been let down by a National Party which has done little more than act as a lickspittle for a North Shore Liberal Premier.

“There are thousands of good and honest people in the greyhound industry that will have their livelihoods destroyed by this Liberal-National Government.”

What are your thoughts on this issue?

Should greyhound racing be banned across Australia? Or is there another way to fix this problem?

  1. Alan  

    The “good and honest” people of the greyhound industry are living off the suffering of innocent animals. Sure, a winner is treated with great care, but the dogs that don’t bring home the winnings are not. It is something that has been the case in the UK for decades with greyhound owners. Being a CHEAP alternative to horse racing, therefore more accessible to those on more meager incomes, the industry has always been full of people looking to get rich quick with their dogs. Some of those people are really little more than low-lifes who think nothing of taking their rage (at not winning) out on their dogs. As the industry has shown itself over the years as being totally incapable (or unwilling) to police the cruelty involved on its own, I believe the decision on an outright ban is the only proper solution. As for those good and honest people that will suffer, well I guess it is time for them to get a real job, one that does not depend on forcing an animal to do what does NOT come naturally.

    • Paul Hoolihan  

      Nobody ever got rich in the greeyhound racing indusdry. It is usually a working class person who enjoys the dogs. Let us also ban dog and cat breeding because there a hundreds of pups and kittens who are put down because they are unwanted. Then we have to ban pet owning because they can have litters which go in sacks and get dumped. Wake up to yourself.

  2. Rob Ozanne  

    While we are at it lets ban horse racing as well

  3. Steve  

    Couldnt agree more with Alans comments, i used to be a punter, after seeing that report thats it for me, as regards to backing the dogs. Horse racing could be next but that will take a lot longer.

  4. Andrew  

    The information provided (68,000 greyhounds killed) has been proven to be incorrect, the figure is no where near that so I would first suggest researching that. The Queensland greyhound industry has turned itself around and banned many trainers for life. There is 100% a no tolerance structure and the whole industry has changed to ensure there is minimal greyhounds killed every year, including adoption programs (but when as in NSW you get abused for walking your greyhound in a park, due to the NSW government spin, why would someone adopt them?).

    Then look into the fact that the NSW Government spent $1 million of tax payers money on spin to sell the closure of the industry to the government and that the CEO put in-place after the Four Corners investigation was feeding the NSW Government with ammo to help close down the industry. It isn’t about the dogs, it’s about selling the land under every greyhound track in NSW, especially Wentworth Park in the city.

    The simple question, what will happen to all the dogs if you close the industry? Are you going to take the needle to every one that has to be put down?

    • Helen  

      All will suffer because of a few.Its going to make life so difficult for a lot of good people,all for a greedy government that want to sell the land.

      • This is not just about dogs running around a track! The domino effect the ban will cause is phenominal. Mr. Baird’s reaction to uyet another inaccurate story was totally knee-jerk.
        Goodness me, what will be next? I heard on radio today that seeing-eye dogs are to be disbanded due to the availability of a phone app..i.e appliocation.. Dairy cattle that don’t produce sufficient milk are killed for meat; stop sheep shearing as it apparantly causes the sheep great distress; stop culling kangaroo and brumbies; stop horse racing; stop growing vegetables & flowers et al.
        Mr. Baird has a death wish, (politically speaking, as well as some of his ministers), doubt the LNP allow him to lead them for the next State elction!!!
        It seems there is much angst among the Party people about all this nonsense. Expect the Premier to fall on his sword/pushed. Not soon enough, and take the Minister for Education; and the Minister for Health with you Mr. Baird.
        M<r. Baird has become a megalomaniac…where oh where is Mr. O'Farrell and his bottle of wine, for I need a drink…and don't thi k the wine industry will survive for much longer either!!!!

    • Paul Hoolihan  

      What about all the other breeding programs, how many litters get put down or just dumped in a sack.

      • Steve  

        Gee Paul your casting a big net here, how about staying on topic witch is Greyhound Racing!.

  5. Roy Bridges  

    N.S.W. Government disgrace , information not correct ,money spent on spin by Government why?
    The greyhound industry should have been give time to fix things then if not done close them down.
    The process for this just plan wrong!
    Have no interest in greyhound racing ,
    never been to a race but do think they need to be given a fair go.

  6. peter.w.cherry  

    if the animal protection people get their way 200,000 approx greyhounds would be dead- horse racing /harness-would be stopped $ 2-5 BILLION A YEAR fishing would go-pet ownership would go–culling of FERALS–/DEER//GOATS//PIGS//RABBIT’S//FOXES//WILD DOGS WOULD ALL STOP–==IF THEY GET THEIR WAY LIKE BAIRD HAS SUCUMMED TO THEM -(MONIES FROM INFRA-STRUCTURE SALES – IS ALL HE WANTS)- ALL ANIMALS -INCLUDING MEAT ANIMALS/PIGS/BEEF/LAMB /CHOOKS WOULD THEN BE ON THE BANNED LIST–THEY THINK THAT A MEAT SUBSTITUTE GROWN IN LABS WOULD BE A BETTER IDEA–THEY THINK OF ANIMALS OVER HUMAN LIFE.

  7. Let’s forget the hysteria for a moment. Greyhound trainers and owners have been baiting their dogs with live bait ever since the industry started. Everyone in that industry knows that small animals – cats, puppies, kittens, possums, piglets, guinea pigs, rabbits, rodents – any small animal that they can get their hands on – has been torn to pieces to “blood” greyhounds. The cruelty does not start with the baiting of defenceless little animals, it then extends to killing dogs who can’t run as fast or those who just do not want to race. Not only do ALL the members of this industry know about the baiting, members of the public have been aware of what goes on as well.

    Does anyone seriously think that if the industry is allowed to continue that live baiting will stop? It will go further underground along with dog fighting – live-baiting here too, folks – and other illegal activities. Killing wildlife is illegal as well and this is a crime in itself. All those possums and quolls that have been ripped to pieces have been criminally killed. There have been attempts to clean up this “sport” many times, but the industry had no intention of changing.

    Good men and women in this industry? I don’t think so. Anyone who didn’t live-bait their dogs wouldn’t be in the winners circle, folks. So don’t bother to stand up for the “hundreds of good people” in this disgusting industry.

    Re: the hysteria being generated over horseracing being banned is whipping up fear where there is none. Horse racing will NEVER be banned – however, the use of whips may well be eventually. There is no need for horses to be whipped to the finish line. Research has shown that whipping horses dos not make them run faster, so if all the whips were banned in races, then would it not be the same level playing field that it is now?

    OF COURSE IT WOULD.

  8. Robyn mcalister  

    No it should not be banned the government mike baird and troy grant it is run by them. They are the controlling body, yes there has been people doing bad things BUT 99.9% are good. As they are the controlling body they pay people to go around checking kennels tracks have these people FAILED US. They employ stewards at tracks and we are unable to race unless we do what THEY TELL US.
    MY POINT IS IF YR BOSS LEAVES U TO DO WHAT U LIKE WHY IS IT OUR FAULT. Mike Baird employed a CEO of the GRNSW government dept 2 yrs ago why didnt he pull us into line if there was problems.
    OR WAS HE PAID TO RUN IT INTO THE GROUND. So all the greyhou d racing money will go to the horses ie Waterhouse Jerry Harvey John Singleton and like that is because they are so perfect and do no wrong that is a laugh. They would do just as much if not more for a winner. But maybe they have the connections. The government is wrong but it will come out in the wash give it time

  9. Robyn mcalister  

    No it should not be banned the government mike baird and troy grant it is run by them. They are the controlling body, yes there has been people doing bad things BUT 99.9% are good. As they are the controlling body they pay people to go around checking kennels tracks have these people FAILED US. They employ stewards at tracks and we are unable to race unless we do what THEY TELL US.
    MY POINT IS IF YR BOSS LEAVES U TO DO WHAT U LIKE WHY IS IT OUR FAULT. Mike Baird employed a CEO of the GRNSW government dept 2 yrs ago why didnt he pull us into line if there was problems.
    OR WAS HE PAID TO RUN IT INTO THE GROUND. So all the greyhou d racing money will go to the horses ie Waterhouse Jerry Harvey John Singleton and like that is because they are so perfect and do no wrong that is a laugh. They would do just as much if not more for a winner. But maybe they have the connections. The government is wrong but it will come out in the wash give it time

  10. Judith Hodder  

    I am quite offended by a comment that there are no good people in the greyhound world,yes there are some low lives that need to be stopped and they could have done that by dobbing in a trainer if they want the industry to survive and i am sure people would do that,i was in greyhounds for 30 years with many winners and record holders and greyhounds will always chase a moving object it is in their DNA and giving live baits will not make a dog run any faster than what it is capable of and if many trainers Realised this they would still have a job.If one industry is to go well there is a lot to clean up, i worked as a vet nurse and seen many a dog put down because they had markings that were no good for show but otherwise nothing wrong with that animal, then there is the back yard breeders that have animals in cages just to breed and never see the light of day, i could go on forever as i have seen it all so do NOT say there are no good people in the greyhound world unless you have been and met them all and where their animals are kept.

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