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COVID-19 Racing and Animal Welfare Support

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Tags: Animal Welfare, Greyhound Racing, COVID-19, Horse Racing

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Greens are glad to hear the government have placed a deliberate focus on the welfare of greyhounds and horses not currently racing because of COVID-19.

Today’s announcement will go some way to ensuring many dogs and horses are well and properly cared for, but more can be done for these animals.

We strongly support the move for unannounced spot checks of owners as part of the financial support package. Accountability is a critical part of ensuring the dogs and horses are being kept safe and sound while they aren’t making money for their owners.

We urge the Racing Minister to consider a breeding ban on greyhounds throughout the emergency period. This is simply the right thing to do.

The Greens understand the vast majority of people in the racing industry take good care of their animals. When people are doing it tough, however, the welfare of animals can unfortunately be compromised.

Everything should be done to care for those animals already in the industry, and that includes not breeding more. It’s important there aren’t extra, potentially expendable dogs to feed and house when money is already tight due to the virus.

We all have a responsibility to be part of keeping Tasmania’s animals safe through the dark months ahead.