MEDIA RELEASE – 5th April, 2017
This Sunday, 9th April, each state’s capital city will host a rally calling for an end to greyhound racing. The time and location details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/ShutItDownNationalDayOfAction/
According to Founder of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Dr Eleonora Gullone “Despite the promise of major reforms following inquiries (in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW), nothing has changed. – In fact, on some measures, things are worse.”
- Euthanasia at the track is up by 43.5% in 2016 compared to 2015 and doping of dogs is up by 75%
- Life bans for live baiting have been reduced to suspended sentences or trivial bans.
- 40 greyhounds are killed every month”
- In the 2014/2015 FY, 3012 registered greyhounds were euthanized – that’s 8 dogs dying every day.
- As many as 38 out of 40 euthanasia cases are unnecessary.
- In 2016, there were 3,057 track injuries, 76 on track deaths and 44 dogs injured and listed as retired (more than likely killed off the track).
- Two times Trainer of the Year winner (2015 and 2016), Jason Formosa disqualified for cutting off his dog’s tail without pain relief and leaving it to become dangerously infected.”
- Euthanasia at the track is up by 22% in 2016 compared to 2015
- Doping of race dogs is up by 51% in 2016 compared to 2015
- In 2016, the risk of a dog dying from racing in NSW was 3.7%.
“In Western Australia:
- 31 dogs are killed every month
- Known animal abusers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame or awarded Trainer of the Year.
“In Tasmania: there is an unchanged average of between 15 and 16 on track injuries per week and 5 deaths in a three month period – for both 2015 and 2016.
“No jurisdiction can rule out live baiting and doping of dogs with banned and illegal substances continues unabated.”
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett admitted that stamping out live baiting would be harder than ever while Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna, wrote in his 2015 report that ‘live baiting is a known and ongoing issue in greyhound racing’ ”