QLD Must Follow NSW’s Lead in Ending Greyhound Racing

Greyhound Racing
**FILE**In this is a June 21, 2005, file photo, greyhounds compete during a race at Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere, Mass. In the upcoming November 2008 election, Massachusetts voters will decide if greyhound racing will be retained or eliminated in the state. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)


7 July 2016


Queensland should follow New South Wales’ lead in closing down the greyhound racing industry as all the reasons cited by Premier Mike Baird are equally valid in the Sunshine State.

Mr Baird said the decision to ban greyhound racing in NSW was due to the mass killing of healthy young dogs, the widespread practice of live baiting and the inability of the industry to reform in the short or medium term.

The MacSporran inquiry conducted in 2015 for Queensland also uncovered similar evidence and Dr Eleonora Gullone, founder of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, believes it is time for Queensland to follow suit.

“The MacSporran inquiry found that two thirds of the dogs retired in 2014 were actually put to death,” said Dr Gullone.

“More recent statistics include the disturbing fact that the greyhound racing industry adopted out just 57 greyhounds in 2014/15, while euthanising nearly the same number of dogs at Queensland racetracks.

“The industry has also shown that it is unable to get tough with wrongdoers, with nearly half of the live baiters in Queensland having their life bans scrapped earlier this year.

“Further stories of animal cruelty, including a greyhound who died after being left with her muzzle strapped shut all day and two cases of greyhounds who were left with broken legs for days before being taken to a vet for euthanasia, only further emphasise how out of step greyhound racing is with community expectations.

“Last February, over 700 Queenslanders rallied to show their support for a ban on greyhound racing – it is clear that this industry has lost its social licence in this state.

“New South Wales has shown us that humanity and compassion can come first. It is time to shut greyhound racing down.”





Author: eleonoragullone

I am an author, adjunct associate professor in psychology and have advocated for animal welfare for more than 15 years. On the basis of my extensive research, I can confidently argue that if we cultivate a culture of compassion toward all of our non-human citizens, including those currently exploited for human use (such as food, sport and experimentation), current and future generations will benefit through reduced antisocial and violent behaviour toward all sentient beings including humans. Over my 25-year career as an academic, I have published over 100 scholarly articles in refereed academic journals and have also conducted a number of projects examining the link between aggression toward humans and cruelty toward animals. In 2000, I founded a group within the Australian Psychological Society focused on promoting positive interactions between humans and animals. This work has resulted in several scholarly publications including a book published in 2012, titled Animal cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression: More than a link.

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