Just days after Lismore City Council approved an extra 20 greyhound race meetings each year, new figures released by the Greens indicate 700 dogs have died since the ban on greyhound racing was lifted by the NSW Government.
The council on Tuesday approved the extra meetings despite pleas from animal advocates who packed the council chambers to watch a rescission motion put forward by Crs Vanessa Ekins, Adam Guise and Eddie Lloyd get defeated.
Today, Greens NSW MP and Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has released figures obtained under freedom of information which show ‘nothing has changed’ despite assurances from the industry that all efforts would be made to re-home greyhounds.
Dr Faruqi said the figures showed that 700 dogs had been euthanised or killed for reasons related to racing between April and December 2017.
‘This equates to more than almost a hundred dogs a month or almost three dogs each day, which is comparable to figures from the year before showing no very little decline in deaths,’ she said.
Echonetdaily requested a breakdown in the figures to show whether or not any of the 700 dogs had died at the Lismore track, or in the area, but a spokesperson from Dr Faruqi’s office said that was not yet possible.
‘We do know that at least two dogs have died at Lismore since December and we will be applying under Freedom of Information for more information,’ he said.
The two dogs were Chippie Rose and Dooley Wilson.
Meanwhile, Dr Faruqi said almost half the dogs put down by vets had been classed as ‘unsuitable’ for re-homing, which she claimed was a backdoor way of euthanising unwanted dogs.
‘Even if all these dogs had behavioural issues, the industry needs to take responsibility for damaging these dogs and care for and rehabilitate these animals, not have them killed,’ she said.
‘A report from New Zealand suggested a trend of dogs being euthanised just days after being retired from racing, with no attempt to rehabilitate the animals. There are concerns a similar trend may exist here.