Greyhound racing in the state of New South Wales in Australia will end by July 2017, NSW Premier Mike Baird announced today on his Facebook page and at a news conference.
During the news conference, which aired on Australia’s ABC News 24, Baird laid bare a blistering 800-page report of the Greyhound racing industry in NSW, citing mass Greyhound killings and the practice of live baiting as justifications to shut the industry down.
“The only humane response is to close the industry down and do it in a way that we work with every single stakeholder, with order, with respect, and ensuring that we minimize the consequences,” Baird said at the news conference.
In response to widespread illegal and unconscionable activity, including the slaughtering of tens of thousands of dogs,…
In 2015, Baird’s cabinet formed a Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound racing industry after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program ran negative news reports on the industry. The commission was led by former High Court Judge Michael McHugh. Highlights from the commission’s report include:
- 48,000 to 68,000 healthy dogs killed in last 12 years
- Only 593 Greyhounds rehomed since 2007
- From April 2013 to November 2015, the Greyhound racing industry in NSW adopted a policy of deliberately misreporting the extent of injuries suffered by Greyhounds at racetracks.
- Many racing Greyhounds are put down before the age of 4 1/2 years.
“Certainly this is not an easy decision,” Baird said at the news conference. “It is not something that has been taken lightly, but when confronted with Justice McHugh’s report, I believe there is no other alternative. It is the right thing to do. The report he has produced is chilling, confronting, its horrific.”
“He has shone the light on an industry that has overseen the slaughter of tens of thousands of healthy dogs whose only crime was they weren’t fast enough,” Baird said.
While NSW announced its intent to ban Greyhound racing in the state, racing will continue in the states of Queensland and Victoria as well as in Western Australia.
The full report, “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW,” can be read on the New South Wales government website.