Greyhound Breeding Incentives to be reintroduced in Victoria – A Reform Backflip?


  • Following the 2015 greyhound racing live baiting expose, the discovery of several mass graves turned attention to industry “wastage” involving the killing of thousands of young and healthy dogs.


  • In July, 2015, Victorian racing minister Martin Pakula announced an end to the Breeding Incentive Scheme and emphasized animal welfare initiatives including reducing the numbers of greyhound being bred.


  • The industry’s never-ending cycle of breeding and killing of young and healthy dogs is unpalatable to the community and has led to several national rallies to end the industry.


  • In 2016, Greyhound Racing Victoria’s annual report reveals that over 3000 registered greyhounds (more than 8 dogs per day) were killed in 2015-2016 for reasons including “end of career decisions by their owners.”


  • Greyhounds Australasia estimates include that 7,000 greyhounds per year do not make it to the track (40% of all greyhounds whelped) and leaked information revealed that the industry has been responsible for the deaths of anywhere between 13,000 and 17,000 healthy greyhounds per year.


  • The industry’s killing of thousands of young healthy was largely responsible for the 2016 NSW ban announced by Mike Baird.


  • In April this year, the Industry Consultative Group (ICG) of Greyhound Racing Victoria advised that the introduction of breeding incentive and reward schemes were crucial to restoring industry confidence.



  • Earlier this month, GRV released a “Proposed Prize Money and Breeders’ Incentives Package” that is intended to be implemented later this year. The proposed package will deliver around $3.1 Million in returns to participants including more money to trainers and payment to breeders.




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.

One thought on “Greyhound Breeding Incentives to be reintroduced in Victoria – A Reform Backflip?”

  1. That is total bullshit,the trainers now are ringing Forster people up & saying take these dogs or there going to be youthiasised,bloody bribebry & there is to many greys on the waiting list waiting to be forstered,they can’t find homes now & you want them to breed more so they can be killed because there not fast enough. This is a file industry & nothing is going to change,you lie through your teeth. Let greyhounds be dogs & be loved not go from cage to car ,track,car & back to cage. Disgusting


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