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Greyhound racing protest planned for Lismore meeting

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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.



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  1. The Green Communist Party going after the important issues again. Forget that the industry also creates a number of jobs. What are the lefties suggesting replaces the industry in order to create jobs for the people whose livelihoods they are attempting to destroy. Yes on ratio, there is a small amount of injuries, however these dogs are generally treated much better then most other animals ever will be. There are many car accidents where people die, do we ban the cars? I seen a pesky carpet python consuming a native Australian marsupial the other day, any suggestions how we can stop that? What about the large numbers of children being abused? Maybe we should ban certain people having children?

    Greens continue to make noise over the wrong issues, as they do not understand or know how to deal with the real issues.

    Cue the name calling and chest beating because I dare to question the lefts motives

  2. Animals are sentient beings, NOT property. These beautiful and gentle creatures are used as entertainment and for human greed. This is despicable and shameful.

  3. Australia, the backward country for animal protection. Horrific cruelty goes on in abattoirs, the Live Export Trade, horse and dog racing, etc. etc. etc. Any psychiatrist, lawyer or teacher, will tell you that there is a distinct connection between cruelty to animals and violence in our society. Shameful!

  4. The greyhound industry lost its social licence when the report from the inquiry was published and I suggest that everyone should read that report. The issue before the council is EXTRA races to those already operating and many people, irrespective of politics, are opposed to additional races. With regard to any job losses, the council has not proposed to cancel those races already approved – so no job losses. Also, the NSW government is spending $41 million on the greyhound racing industry in NSW. That money is taxpayer money and many people would feel that money could be spent on more worthy causes than propping up an industry that is not sustainable. Further, there are many volunteer organisations who foot the bill for vet work and rehoming of unwanted greyhounds and simply the wastage cannot be accomodated through available charity organisations. If the owners really cared about their dogs they would keep them, pay for veterinary care and give them homes for their whole lives. I support the Council rescission motion to NOT increase the number of races at Lismore until the proposed reforms that address cruelty and integrity are implemented.

    • Any money the Government gives to the dogs and the horses, they get back ten fold. This money then gets spent on more “worthy causes”.

      The report had flaws and contained incorrect calculations. That’s a fact. Why do you think the ban was overturned. They found only 10 cases of live baiting. We all agree this is unacceptable, however their are bad people everywhere in the world. That report is not a great one to base any argument on.

      Social licence, hahaha, what an interesting concept to base an argument on.


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