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Call for Tripartite Support for Ban on Greyhound Racing with Exit Strategy

16 August 2016

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the announcement in July 2016 by NSW Premier, Hon Mike Baird MP, that greyhound racing will be banned in that State from the 1 July 2017;

(b)           On 10 August 2016 the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill passed the NSW Legislative Council and will be debated in the Legislative Assembly in August 2016;

(c)           that the Bill was passed in the NSW Legislative Council despite objection and a barrage of failed amendments from the NSW Labor Opposition;

(d)           that movement is growing around the country to follow the lead of Premier Hon Mike Baird MP, with animal welfare advocates and concerned communities vocally urging State Governments to take action and ban greyhound racing;

(e)           that the Greens tabled a Petition in the House of Assembly in June 2016 containing almost 3,000 signatures giving a strong indication of the lack of social licence greyhound racing has in Tasmania;

(f)            that in the first 6 months of 2016 only 16 racing greyhounds have been publically reported killed, despite the fact that we know hundreds are killed each year; and

(g)           that although the recent announcement by Tasracing that “every healthy dog will be rehomed” is welcomed, the initiative leaves loopholes, will be 2 years in the making and still does not take into account wastage of unregistered greyhounds.

(2)           Calls for Labor and Liberal Members to join with the Greens and commit tripartite support for a ban on greyhound racing in Tasmania, with a view to the sport being phased out over a 5 year period to allow for employees to exit the industry.