Low Standards And High Euthanasia Rates? New South Wales Reviews The Greyhound Racing Industry

As concerns for the welfare of racing greyhounds grows, RSPCA Australia is calling for significant changes to be made to the New South Wales greyhound racing industry.

The charity claims that there is clear evidence of mass over-breeding of greyhounds in New South Wales, which has resulted in a vast population of unwanted dogs – and shockingly high euthanasia rates.

“With an industry estimate of 3,000 greyhounds euthanized in New South Wales every year, immediate action to address the significant over-breeding problem, high wastage rate, high euthanasia rate and low re-homing rate must be taken,” said Dr Jade Norris, RSPCA Australia’s scientific officer. 

“The unacceptably high injury rates associated with the sport are also of great concern, as is the current lack of published injury reporting by the industry, making it likely that exact figures are much higher than currently acknowledged.”

Norris also stated that there is an urgent need for improvements to current legislation to ensure the welfare of other animals used in baiting and training racing greyhounds.

The New South Wales government is currently overseeing an inquiry into greyhound racing in the state. The inquiry has been established to investigate the economic viability of the industry, as well as the effectiveness of the current industry regulation and governance.

Issues of animal welfare and the sale and breeding of greyhound dogs are also being examined. The inquiry’s final report is due on March 28.

RSPCA Australia’s recommended changes include: a significant reduction in the number of greyhounds born each year; an immediate review of track designs; an end to the export of greyhounds for any purpose other than accompanying their owner as a companion animal; and improvements to legislation to help protect the welfare of greyhounds and other animals that can be used to train greyhounds. 

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