Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson
The Minister for Local Government today confirmed, as a result of community pressure on amendments to the Dog Control Act, Tasmania's greyhounds are now on the pathway to becoming muzzle free.
This change has been consistently been advocated by the Greens and it is very welcome, long overdue, news. For far too long, greyhounds have been demonised and maligned to separate them in law from all other dogs in the interests of a cruel industry.
Greyhounds are gentle dogs, who make great family pets, unless they've been live baited.
The community has been a strong advocate for greyhounds, and the large number of submissions speaks volumes about their interest in ending animal cruelty.
Given the government's commitment to continue greyhound racing, we hope next will come a to stop greyhounds being killed because they don't run fast enough, stopping dogs being doped with arsenic, and better living conditions and a home for all ex-racing greyhounds.
The Greens will continue to campaign for an end to greyhound racing.