Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson
Hundreds rallied on Parliament Lawns today to call for an end to greyhound racing in Tasmania. It's clear there is still serious, well-founded public concern about this cruel industry.
There's wide community support for ending the government subsidised, cruel practice of greyhound racing. Last year the Greens tabled a petition signed by almost 3,000 Tasmanians calling for an end to the industry.
Hundreds of dogs die in Tasmania every year in the name of greyhound racing. Tasmanian tax-payers subsidise the an industry that sees dogs cruelly treated, and killed when they don't run fast enough.
Modern community expectations don't condone the cruelty of greyhound racing, and neither should our government. It's past time the Liberals listened to the growing number of Tasmanians who want to see this cruelty stopped.
The Liberals have been sluggish to respond to the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on the Greyhound Racing in Tasmania. The Greens will be pursuing the matter in State Parliament this week.