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Liberals and Labor on Wrong Side of History on Greyhounds

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.

Cruel and Weak-Will Liberals Ignore Greyhound Deaths

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.

Mass Greyhound Deaths Indictment on Industry

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.

Deceased Greyhounds List a Snapshot of Industry

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.

Greyhound Re-homing Won't Erase Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

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.

The greyhound racing industry can't just fund adoption programs and hope the bad press about the years of animal cruelty will vanish.

Tasracing have made the bold claim that they will re-home all ex-racing dogs, but they've talked down the fact they still plan to euthanize the many that don't think fit behavioural standards.

Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

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.

Public Distaste for Greyhound Racing

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.

Tasmania Must Follow NSW Greyhound Racing Ban

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. 

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