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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 Many businesses have withdrawn their support and have issued statements on their stance on greyhound racing.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.

Urge the Minister for Racing, Grant Robertson, to enforce immediate quarterly independent animal welfare audits of commercial greyhound racing in New Zealand.

Write an email to the Racing Minister explaining why you more transparency from the commercial greyhound racing industry and independent animal welfare audits of the welfare of dogs at the racetrack.

Key points you can make:

  • Please enforce immediate quarterly open and transparent publication of collated injury and death statistics so the public are fully informed about animal welfare in greyhound racing.
  • 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.
  • Injuries and deaths in greyhound racing are often not shown in video replays of the ‘sport’ and many people are unaware of how dangerous racing is for greyhounds.
  • Greyhound racing puts dog’s lives at risk, while others are discarded if they are not fast enough to be profitable for racing.
  • Many dogs sustain injuries considered ‘career-ending’ in an industry that has no use for animals that are no longer able to run. Some may be euthanised, while others may die from their injuries.
  • An even larger number of healthy dogs are killed simply because they do not run fast enough, and therefore do not provide a financial return. This is unacceptable.
  • No animal should suffer for profit or entertainment.
  • Only seven countries in the world still allow commercial greyhound racing. In Australia, The ACT banned greyhound racing in May 2018, while Florida in the USA banned it in November 2018.
  • 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. Emails are public information. If you would like any of your information to be withheld, please say so in your email.

 

 

Demand that the Associate Minister for Agriculture (Animal Welfare), Meka Whaitiri, immediately order the Ministry for Primary Industries to stop racing at Whanganui and carry out an investigation into the huge number of deaths and injuries at this track.

Write an email to the Associate Minister for Agriculture (Animal Welfare) outlining why you want to see an immediate shutdown and an investigation into the deaths of dogs at Whanganui racetrack.

Key points you can make:

  • Please enforce an immediate shutdown of Whanganui racetrack and order an investigation by MPI into the large number of dog deaths and injuries.
  • Injuries and deaths in greyhound racing are not ‘accidents,’ they are a predictable result of racing.
  • Five dogs have been killed at Whanganui in the space of five meetings.  This is unacceptable to all caring Kiwis.
  • Greyhound racing puts dog’s lives at risk, eight dogs have died in the last three weeks and 63 have been injured, some seriously.
  • No animal should suffer for profit or entertainment.
  • Only seven countries in the world still allow commercial greyhound racing. In Australia, The ACT banned greyhound racing in May 2018, while Florida in the USA banned it in November 2018.
  • New Zealand is falling behind, and this is putting our international reputation at risk.

This email will be sent directly to Associate Minster for 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.

Greyhounds- Email Meka Whaitiri

 

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