By Tiffany Zhang
There are hosts of animal welfare problems inherent in the Australian greyhound racing industry such as high injury, euthanasia rates, illegal live baiting and the administration of banned or unregistered substances. Although the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that there should be a national approach to ending greyhound racing in Australia, this gamble has not been completely forbidden yet as people are driven by the dollar.
In VIC, more than 15,000 people were directly involved in the greyhound racing industry as an employee, participant or volunteer. More than 79% of these people were in regional areas of the state. Victorian Greyhound Racing industry was responsible for generating more than $408.6 million in value added contribution to the Victorian economy, which is 42% of which directly benefits regional economies.
Greed suffocates humanity and intuitive knowledge. But I think there is a calling that is yet above high office, fame, lucre and security. It is the call of conscience.
In fact, NSW Premier Mike Baird announced a ban on greyhound racing in the state, effective from July 2017 in order to against cruelty.
However, the legislation has been reversed now.
It is a great step towards improving animal welfare if the Greyhounds Racing ban takes effect. We want to make sure the Government knows that their decision is supported by the majority of the community, and are acknowledged for standing up for animal welfare.