Australian public votes for an end to greyhound racing
After shocking revelations of live baiting earlier this year, the Australian greyhound racing industry continues to make headline news following the discovery of more mass graves in an attempt to dispose of some of the thousands of unwanted dogs. The rotting corpses of 55 greyhounds were uncovered near the Queensland city of Bundaberg, and today police are investigating allegations of possibly dozens of mass grave sites in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
The greyhound racing industry in Australia is one of the largest in the world. It is thought that of the 20,000 puppies born each year in Australia, a staggering 18,000 of them are killed. A Reader Poll this week by News Mail asked ‘Is it time for a complete stop to greyhound racing?’ and almost 90% voted ‘Yes’. The Australian public have spoken, and an industry that allows animal cruelty on such a large scale supported by taxpayers’ money is no longer supported.
Verna Simpson, Director of Humane Society International (HSI) said, “The spotlight is shining on this industry which is riddled with inhumane practices and an outpouring of public opposition. The majority of Australians don’t want their money to support an industry steeped in cruelty and crime.”
Today, greyhound racing only takes place in eight countries around the world – Australia, China, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. In the United States 39 states have already shut it down, with only seven states still allowing dogs to race.
HSI is once again calling for an end to greyhound racing in Australia and for the government to withdraw their funding of such a controversial and cruel ‘sport’.
Ms Simpson concluded, “Without taxpayers’ infusion of millions of dollars it would not be a viable industry. If such a huge majority of Australians are opposed to greyhound racing, why is the government using our money to keep this cruel industry afloat?”