Northern rivers animal lovers will take part in a nationwide protest on Sunday in a bid to shut down the controversial greyhound racing industry.
The Lismore Greyhound Racing track will be the local site of the ‘National Day of Action to Shut Down the Greyhound Industry’ from 9.30am, organised by members of the Animal Justice Party (AJP).
Anna Ludvik, AJP candidate for this year’s federal electionsaid the greyhound racing industry has been in melt-down since the recent Four Corners expose of live baiting and animal cruelty.
Criminal charges have been laid in several states and investigations are continuing.
‘This is an industry that has lost its social licence to operate,’ Ms Ludvik said.
‘No amount of spin will fix the problem of ongoing amimal cruelty- it is time for this industry to be shut down.
‘The NSW government has just held a special inquiry into greyhound racing.
‘The Inquiry heard evidence of the appalling wastage of greyhounds, including the killing of thousands of pups deemed unsuitable for racing as well as those that are injured or too slow on the track.
‘Evidence given at the inquiry includes widespread failure to provide appropriate veterinary care, food or excercise, with dogs confined to small cages for days on end without social interaction or exercise,’ she said.
The inquiry’s finding are due in late March (see http://www.greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au/)
The day of action social media site is at: https://www.facebook.com/Shut-It-Down-A-National-Day-of-Action-1425711857736550/