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Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

Media Release - Sunday, 24 July 2016, Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Today's 'March for the Murdered Million' rally commemorated the thousands of dogs that die across the country every year as a result of the greyhound racing industry.

There's growing public opposition to greyhound racing because of the cruelty exposed in the last 18 months.

Today's rally, held worldwide, echoes the strong community voice objecting to the cruelty of the greyhound racing industry.

It was a courageous move for Premier Baird to ban greyhound racing in New South Wales. While the ACT rapidly followed suit, disappointingly, the Hodgman Government quickly ruled out a ban in Tasmania.

Tasmanian MPs have been contacted by countless constituents in the wake of the NSW and ACT governments' decision to ban greyhound racing, wanting the same ban here.

Racing and Animal Welfare Minister Jeremy Rockliff must reconsider his government's position and put an end to this cruel industry in Tasmania.

The greyhound racing industry is a cruelty-ridden industry subsidised by the State Government to the tune of almost $5m a year.

It's time the Hodgman Government followed in the footsteps of NSW and the ACT, and moved to ban greyhound racing in Tasmania.