Demand an end to greyhound racing

Greyhound racing begins as a gamble and for most dogs ends in tragedy.

Animals suffer and die in the New Zealand greyhound racing industry. Dogs are injured on the track and killed, as their injuries will prevent them from racing again. An even larger number of healthy greyhounds are killed simply because they do not run fast enough, and therefore do not provide a financial return.

In December 2017 news broke of an on-going investigation by the SPCA into live baiting in New Zealand. Live baiting involves live animals being used as lures to be chased and ripped apart by the dogs. A week later the New Zealand Racing Board released a report on welfare issues in the greyhound industry, that highlighted many areas of concern.

Racing Minister Winston Peters described the report’s findings as “disturbing and deeply disappointing” and said the rates of dog deaths and low numbers of dogs rehomed are “simply unacceptable”. The report has a long list of recommendations for the industry, as did the previous one that was published in 2013. The greyhound racing industry failed to follow through then on changes to protect the dogs, and we can’t count on them to act any differently in response to the recent report.

New Zealand is one of only eight countries in the world that still carry out commercial greyhound racing and a ban in the ACT, (Australia), comes into force from May 2018. New Zealand is falling behind and our Government needs to take action. It’s time to end the racing and killing of greyhounds.


TAKE ACTION:

  • Please send an urgent message to Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister for Racing, calling on him to ban greyhound racing in New Zealand.

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