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Animal welfare should be non-negotiable, but the cruelty of the racing industry is being subsidised with $30 million a year of taxpayer funds.

More and more information is coming to light about the cruel practices that affect thousands of animals every year.

The 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Greyhound Racing, initiated by the Greens, exposed rampant cruelty of that industry within Tasmania. A series of high profile incidents and recent national news has also raised serious questions about the horseracing industry.

Giving public funds to these industries encourages more animals to be bred and killed. This taxpayer funded cruelty must be stopped.

 

What can I do?

You can contact the Minister for Racing and ask Minister Archer why she thinks the racing industry warrants $30m in government funding.

You can also contact Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries (responsible for the Animal Welfare Act), and Labor’s Primary Industries spokesperson, Shane Broad and ask them to support the Greens’ Animal Welfare Amendment (Reformation) Bill.

 

 

In Parliament and the Media

Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Full transcript of the Tasracing Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on cruelty in the racing industry following on from the 7.30 Report on 17 October exposing what happens to racing horses at the end of their racing career.
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Cassy O'Connor speaks to the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on cruelty in the racing industry following on from the 7.30 Report on 17 October exposing what happens to racing horses at the end of their racing career.
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister for Racing on the grotesque cruelty inflicted on thoroughbred racing and trotting horses in Tasmania.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ms O'CONNOR - I want to talk to you about a horse, minister. I rise to speak specifically about the minister's animal welfare responsibilities and the response to information we put to the minister in the closing hours of Estimates last Thursday relating to the death of a horse at the Brighton training tracks on the night of 31 May. The question is, what happened to that horse?

Sunday, 16 September 2018
Tasmania’s animal welfare laws fail to protect the rights of animal to live free from cruelty and neglect, placing a heavy, disproportionate emphasis on the profits of industry. 
Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Greens commend the RSPCA for their position to ban whips in horse racing industry, as a matter of priority. Banning the whip is a solid first step to making the industry more humane.

We hope the State’s Racing Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, who is also responsible for the welfare of our animals, will listen to the RSPCA and ban whips in Tasmania.

Thursday, 2 November 2017
The Greens welcome the government’s amendment to the Dog Control Act that will allow rehabilitated greyhounds to be muzzle-free.
Monday, 5 June 2017

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. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

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.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Tens of thousands of greyhounds will be condemned to misery and death as a result of NSW Premier, Mike Baird, caving in to the industry and reversing the ban he announced two short months ago.

Like his Tasmanian colleague, Premier Hodgman, Mike Baird has caved in to a cruel industry to allow the continued abuse of animals for profit.

Australians admire politicians with conviction and courage, even if they don't agree with their decisions or positions on any given matter.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes distress and mental suffering of an animal is a form of animal cruelty.

(2)           Acknowledges the 2013 Animal Welfare Act Review recommended amending section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to clarify that pain and suffering includes Distress and Mental suffering.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016
The majority Report of the Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing tabled today will disappoint many concerned Tasmanians. People who care about the welfare of animals will be upset not to see a ban on greyhound racing among the recommendations.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016

GREYHOUND RACING

Ms DAWKINS question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

[10.59 a.m.]
In the face of an industry which no longer had a social licence, New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, took the only course of action he felt he could. At 3.40 this morning he passed legislation to ban greyhound racing.

A recent RTI listed more than 1600 dead dogs in Tasmania, with 33 in Launceston in one day. Will you now show that same leadership and put an end to this taxpayer-funded cruelty?

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

The greyhound racing industry has lost its social licence. Both Labor and the Liberal parties are on the wrong side of history.

It was deeply saddening, yet unsurprising, to see the old parties once again join forces to support this cruel industry.

Both the old parties talked about a modern industry and improving animal welfare standards in this evening's debate. The reality is that hundreds of dogs are dying every year in the industry's name.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Premier's response in Question Time today to the 1,608 greyhounds who have been killed over the past three years was heartless.

Premier Hodgman applauded the industry for achieving better animal welfare outcomes. 1,600 dead dogs are hardly the hallmark of an ethical and socially accepted industry. 

Remember, these are just the dead dogs we know about, the ones who were named. Puppies killed were not counted in the Right to Information documents we sought.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ms DAWKINS question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

[10.59 a.m.]

In the face of an industry which no longer had a social licence, New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, took the only course of action he felt he could.  At 3.40 this morning he passed legislation to ban greyhound racing.  A recent RTI listed more than 1600 dead dogs in Tasmania, with 33 in Launceston in one day.  Will you now show that same leadership and put an end to this taxpayer-funded cruelty?

ANSWER

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the greyhound racing industry continues to kill dogs at an alarming rate;

(b)           that records show 1,600 dogs have been reported dead through injury or illness, or a lack of suitability for racing or rehoming since July 2013;

(c)           that records of the death toll from the first half of 2016 show 242 dogs have been reported killed, through injury, illness, or a lack of suitability for racing or rehoming;

Friday, 19 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Greens have obtained a list of 1,608 greyhounds who were killed or died before their time over the last 3 and half years from the Office of Racing Integrity.

Right to Information documents confirm the vast majority of these dogs were killed because of a “lack of ability" or they were "unsuitable for racing”.

They were perfectly healthy dogs, who were killed because they didn't run fast enough.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

It is wonderful news that the greyhound, Wee Fire, is alive and well.

The information that one less dog has died at the hands of this industry is the great news for an animal welfare advocate to receive.

Our incorrect listing of Wee Fire as a deceased greyhound was unintended, and I will correct the Parliamentary record this evening. We apologise unreservedly to Wee Fire's owner and trainer for our mistake.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

TasRacing has released the names of 16 greyhounds reported deceased for the first six months of this year. The Greens tabled the list in Parliament today, so public can be made aware of the life these dogs lead.*

This is an illustration of what the greyhound industry is in Tasmania.

Among the dogs killed or recorded dead are dogs like Wee Fire, who earned $34,650 for her owner and trainer in her 3 years and 10 months of life. Yet there's still no record of how she died.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the announcement in July 2016 by NSW Premier, Hon Mike Baird MP, that greyhound racing will be banned in that State from the 1 July 2017;

(b)           On 10 August 2016 the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill passed the NSW Legislative Council and will be debated in the Legislative Assembly in August 2016;

Monday, 15 August 2016
Tasracing's claim they will re-home all ex-racing greyhounds after 1 July 2019 is a sign of desperation from an industry whose social licence is well and truly gone.
Sunday, 24 July 2016

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.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

More than half of Australians want greyhound racing banned, according to the national Essential Research poll released today.*

While the poll hasn't segregated Tasmanian results, it's clear from the flood of emails State MPs are receiving, distaste for greyhound racing crosses Bass Strait.

Support for a nationwide ban on greyhound racing is climbing. That's no surprise, given the volume of animal cruelty evidence that's surfaced in the last 18 months.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens are elated at news that New South Wales will ban greyhound racing from July 2017.

We hope the Hodgman Government now takes a lead from their New South Wales Liberal colleagues and ends the cruelty of greyhound racing in Tasmania.

This is a momentous and wholly just decision by Premier Baird that will save the lives of thousands of greyhounds as well as native and domestic animals used as live baits in NSW. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

I had the pleasure of tabling a petition in Parliament today in support of ending the government subsidised, cruel practice of greyhound racing.*

Almost 3,000 Tasmanians signed the petition. They represent a large part of the community who are concerned about greyhound racing in Tasmania.

This is an industry that sees dogs cruelly treated. And when they don't run fast enough they're killed.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Racing and Animal Welfare spokesperson 

In GBE Estimates today, Tas Racing CEO, Doctor Eliot Forbes, seemed to struggle to accept the reality of animal welfare issues facing the racing industry. Minister Rockliff now has a job to do and show leadership with his GBE and its CEO.

Mr Forbes referred to public concerns expressed about what happens to horses after their racing career as “propaganda material”. All this in the wake of an introduction boasting that TasRacing meets or exceeds community expectations regarding animal welfare.

Greyhound Cruelty Needs Independent Investigation

Primary Industries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, must guarantee that any Tasmanian greyhound industry investigation into live baiting is independent and transparent, Greens’ Animal Welfare spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said today.

“The gut-wrenching expose of live-baiting occurring in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria on last night’s Four Corners program, has confirmed the need for a rigorous and independent assessment of Tasmania's greyhound industry,” Ms O’Connor said.

Greens Bills

Animal Welfare Amendment (Reformation) Bill 2018

Bill Status: Tabled

A bill for An Act to amend the Animal Welfare Act 1993 for the purpose of banning factory farming techniques, greyhound racing, rodeos, and enacting various other animal welfare reforms.

Policies

Justice for Animals in Our Care

The Tasmanian Greens believe that cruel, outdated practices including greyhound racing, rodeos, and battery hen farming should be banned - and that an Animal Welfare Commissioner should be appointed to advocate for the welfare of animals.