HSI welcomes victory for Greyhounds after years of campaigning
Humane Society International (HSI) is thrilled with NSW Premier Mike Baird’s announcement this morning to ban Greyhound Racing in NSW.
“HSI have strongly advocated for an end to greyhound racing in NSW and Australia and are excited to have such a tremendous victory for greyhounds today,” HSI Director Verna Simpson said.
In 2015, NSW held a parliamentary inquiry into Greyhound racing which uncovered widespread animal cruelty, including the killing of healthy dogs, severe injuries to the animals and the abuse of power by Greyhound Racing NSW. Statistics show that between 13,000 and 17,000 greyhounds were killed each year as a result of greyhound racing and that live baiting was used by up to 90% of trainers in NSW.
“The Australian public, a nation of animal lovers, had voiced their growing concerns over animal welfare in greyhound racing, and finally the Government has made the right call. It is incredible news considering the ongoing and startling revelations about live animals being used as bait in the greyhound racing industry, an industry which receives millions of taxpayers’ dollars, that we can finally put an end to the cruelty,” Ms Simpson continued.
“HSI would like to thank the Premier for his decision, and all of our supporters who have helped us throughout this campaign. We hope that other States will soon follow suit, and we will continue to advocate for a nationwide ban on Greyhound racing,” Ms Simpson concluded.