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Greyhounds

Those of us who have lived with or spent time with a greyhound will tell you that they are among the gentlest, sweetest and laziest dog breeds around.

Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds are not high-energy dogs and love nothing more than a long nap and a snuggle on the sofa – if they can fit.

Their long, lean bodies carry little fat, which is why you‘ll sometimes see them wearing specially made greyhound pyjamas in winter. (And you thought they were just incredibly stylish!)

Greyhounds are well known for being the fastest dogs on the planet ‒ reaching speeds of up to almost 70 kilometres per hour. Sadly, it’s for this reason that the racing industry uses these placid, gentle dogs.

Call for a complete ban on commercial greyhound racing

Join SAFE and GPLNZ in calling for a complete ban on commercial greyhound racing in New Zealand.

Sign and share Greyhound Protection League New Zealand's petition to ban commercial greyhound racing. Note: you will be directed to the website of New Zealand Parliament to sign the petition

Greyhound racing in New Zealand

The Greyhound Racing New Zealand 2020 Annual Report shows that 34 dogs were killed on racetracks due to critical injuries sustained during racing. A further 165 dogs were euthanised for reasons the industry will not even disclose.

New Zealand businesses are taking a stand

Public support for greyhound racing is dwindling. Many businesses have withdrawn their support and have issued statements on their stance on greyhound racing.

Toyota New Zealand
"Toyota New Zealand does not sponsor greyhound racing and we have no intentions of doing so in the future, as it does not align with our brand at any level."

Motor Trade Association
"I can confirm that we have no current connection with the greyhound racing industry."

Ray White
"I can confirm that there is no Ray White branding representing greyhound racing in New Zealand. We do not condone greyhound racing."

First Security
"This is not a sport we condone or support."

Ricoh
"We have no affiliation with any racing, greyhound or otherwise….. On the contrary, we sponsor HUHA."

New Zealand is falling behind

New Zealand is one of only seven countries in the world that still allows commercial greyhound racing. A ban in the Australian Capital Territory came into force in April 2018, followed by a ban in Florida, USA, in November 2018. Since Florida is home to 11 of the USA’s 17 active dog tracks, this is a signal that greyhound racing is about to become a thing of the past in the United States.

When it comes to greyhound racing here in New Zealand, it’s clear that we are falling behind and that our government needs to act.

Live baiting

Live baiting is the practice of using live animals as a lure for greyhounds to chase during training. It is believed that it makes the dogs run faster. The use of live or dead animals as bait is banned in New Zealand, but in a self-regulating industry, it is easy to flout these rules. In December 2017, several former workers in the greyhound industry told the media that live baiting did happen.

“I saw live baiting quite often, maybe once every two weeks,” one worker said at the time. “Some of the animals were possums...guinea pigs and also rabbits.”

The problem of live baiting is thought to be more widespread and hidden by the industry.

Thinking of adopting a greyhound?

Greyhounds are among the most misunderstood dog breeds. The number one misconception is that they are high energy and require lots of exercise. The truth is that while they do enjoy short bursts of activity, the rest of the time they like to nap.

Another misunderstanding is that a muzzle equals aggression. Greyhounds, like any dog, are capable of chasing cats, but have often missed out vital training as pups through no fault of their own. A muzzle may simply mean that the greyhound is in training or has been newly rehomed. One thing’s for sure ‒ there is likely to be a big softy behind that muzzle.

Demand the Minister for Racing, Grant Robertson and our Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare) Meka Whaitiri immediately suspend the Silver Collar Dog Race.

We need your help to cancel the ‘tough’ and ‘gut-wrenching’ Silver Collar race on 13 June. Our Government has just announced a review in to greyhound racing and until the outcome of this we are calling for the cancellation of the toughest greyhound race of the year – the long-distance Silver Collar race, planned for 13 June in Auckland.
We need your help – this race is described by The Greyhound Reporter industry magazine as “gut-wrenching” – “Usually races are around 17 seconds, but the Silver Collar is long distance and fewer dogs are able to do it. It’s tough on them.”   It’s so tough on these dogs that trainers in the past have resorted to doping their dogs to enable them to compete in this race.

Key points you can make:

  • Please take steps to suspend the ‘tough’ and ‘gut-wrenching’ Silver Collar race on 13 June, the toughest greyhound race of the year pending the result of the review into the greyhound racing industry.
  • Thousands of caring people have expressed serious concerns about both the welfare of dogs and the accuracy of information from Greyhound Racing NZ.  Given the horrific number of deaths and injuries that have been exposed over the last few months the risk of running this race is too high.
  • There is a history of doping dogs at this event, this is unacceptable.
  • Injuries and deaths in greyhound racing are not ‘accidents,’ they are a predictable result of racing.
  • Hundreds of dogs are killed and injured every year. The death of one dog in racing is one too many.
  • No animal should suffer for profit or entertainment.
  • New Zealand is falling behind, and this is putting our international reputation at risk.

This email will be sent directly to Racing Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare) Meka Whaitiri. Emails are public information. If you would like any of your information to be withheld, please say so in your email.

Demand the Minister for Racing, Grant Robertson immediately suspend all greyhound racing until the Government review is finalised.

Racing Minister Grant Robertson is launching a review into greyhound racing, warning he is not satisfied with the industry’s work on animal welfare.  Since he made that announcement on 16 April 2021, prominent greyhound trainerAngela Turnwald, has been sentenced for doping her dog Zipping Sarah with methamphetamineThis is Greyhound Racing New Zealand’s third dog doping case in less than six months.  

Key points you can make:

  • Greyhound racing in New Zealand is rife with dog deaths, serious injuries and criminal doping offences. New Zealanders have no assurance that dogs are safe and there can be no assurance until a full independent investigation is complete. 
  • Please take a proactive approach to the safety and wellbeing of dogs used for profit in greyhound racing and immediately halt all greyhound racing until the review is complete, and the safety of dogs can be guaranteed. 
  • There have been 3 incidents of doping dogs in less than 6 months, this is unacceptable.
  • Dogs on meth and dead dogs – this is the state of New Zealand’s greyhound racing industry.  This is putting our international reputation at risk.

This email will be sent directly to Racing Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare) Meka Whaitiri. Emails are public information. If you would like any of your information to be withheld, please say so in your email.

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