A protest against a Lismore City Council decision to allow an extra 20 greyhound races each year at the Lismore track will take place next Tuesday.
The protest, being organised by Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi, will take place outside the council chambers in Goonellabah at 5.30pm, just before councillors consider a rescission motion aimed at reversing the approval.
The rescission motion has been put forward by Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise.
In a social media post advertising the protest, Ms Faruqi said there were a number of points that councillors should consider before voting on the rescission motion.
She said there was no maximum temperature limit for greyhound racing although officials ‘may’ abandon meetings if the temperature rises above 38 degrees.
‘Racing at such high temperatures is inappropriate and it is cruel and inhumane to allow racing midday on a Saturday, the hottest part of the day,’ she said.
She said the track design at Lismore, with two turns, was associated with a higher injury risk than other designs.
‘Dogs continue to die in greyhound racing, both on and off the track,’ she said.
‘On January 2nd, ‘Dooley Wilson’ was put down on track and just last month, Chippie Rose, a three year old was euthenased after suffering an injured hock at the Lismore track.
‘Over just the last three months, twenty dogs have died on track alone and 238 have been injured across the state. Injuries include concussions, dislocated limbs and abdomen injuries.’
The Lismore City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, 30 January.