Animal welfare group the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) have just announced and idea where greyhound sanctuaries could create more than 7,000 new jobs across rural NSW.
National president for the CPG Dennis Anderson says greyhound sanctuaries located in NSW’s regional areas could create more jobs locally than exist currently due to racing now. ‘Official inspections by the RSPCA NSW and the Animal Welfare Leauge NSW would be mandatory
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government could amend the Betting Tax Act 2001 (which is already used to collect funds from the racing industry) to pay sanctuary operators and staff, while the power to inspect is already provided by the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
‘Sanctuaries would house, feed and care for these dogs. These places would be privately operated but licensed by the NSW Government. This approach would combine animal welfare and regional job creation,’ said Mr Anderson.
‘Direct employment would depend upon the number of greyhounds in each sanctuary, while indirect jobs created would be about ten times the numbers supporting the current greyhound racing population.’
He said the racing industry must find a solution instead of killing dogs, or face the rising tide of public disgust with its wanton killing of greyhounds, while the betting industry must contribute towards costs arising by way of the Betting Tax Act.
‘There would be no greyhound racing without the betting industry. Also, to make our estimate of the new jobs that sanctuaries would create even more accurate, CPG invites the racing industry to provide full details of dogs listed with it prior to the handover to the NSW greyhound industry regulator in 2018,’ said Mr Anderson.
‘Greyhounds must be able to live out their lives, instead of the industry killing them when they are deemed not fast enough, get injured or don’t win.
‘Such ongoing cruelty shows the NSW Government has failed its duty under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.’