Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Animal Welfare spokesperson
It was a great honour to table a record-breaking petition condemning the brutal greyhound racing industry in Parliament today. This is an industry that wouldn’t survive without tens of millions in taxpayer money.
More than 13,500 Tasmanians signed the e-petition to end the subsidies to greyhound racing – making it the biggest e-petition in Tasmanian Parliamentary history. The public know this industry has cruelty at its core and want no part in paying for it.
The momentum to end the cruelty of greyhound racing is gathering as the industry continues to lose its social license.
Tasmanians have spoken, and the Rockliff Government is on notice. This industry, that breeds dogs to die or cast aside when they don’t run fast enough, has had it’s time.
The thousands of Tasmanians who signed this petition - and the sensitive, gentle dogs who fall victim to this industry – will always have a Green voice in the Parliament. We won’t let the Liberals or Labor, which also strongly supports the industry, off the hook on animal welfare.