Desmond Bellamy, Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay
Argentina has joined most other countries in banning greyhound racing. In July, Premier Mike Baird banned racing in NSW, saying that it is legal in only eight countries around the world. Now there is one less.
The unfortunate backflip by the NSW government notwithstanding, this vile industry is destined for history’s dustbin. Greyhounds used for gambling spend most of their miserable lives muzzled in cramped cages, except when they are taken out to race. These gentle, friendly dogs rarely hear a kind word or feel a loving touch.
Many dogs die from illness and injuries, including broken legs, heatstroke and heart attacks. Those who survive usually only last a couple of years before they slow down and are discarded like rubbish. Thousands are euthanised simply because they don’t win enough races.
Informed, caring people aren’t interested in watching dogs race to their deaths, treated like they’re mere racing machines. Attendance is plummeting, tracks are closing, and it’s time for Australia to join the rest of the world and ban this cruel industry for good.