By Joanne Im
In June 2016, there was a report released about live baiting, mass culling from Greyhound racing industry and cruel killing of those uncompetitive greyhounds and in July 2016, Mike Baird the New South Wales premier announced the ban of Greyhound racing in NSW to commence from 1 July 2017.
When Baird announced the ban, he said “it was not about political point-scoring” but “what is right”.
Until the reverse ban of Greyhound racing in October 2016, everything looked fine with NSW being the first Australian state to shut down the Greyhound racing for animal welfare and to spread the goodwill to the other states to follow which will finally lead to the illegality of Greyhound racing, a cruel sport.
On 11 October 2016, Baird backflipped his announcement after a fall of his approval from 61 per cent to 39 per cent. The opposing argument to ban the Greyhound racing is that there are other options they could do rather than closing the whole industry as there are many individuals and families involved in the racing for their living.
The ban was not reversed for nothing but there were few conditions raised.
- capping breeding to 2,000
- reducing the number of tracks
- reducing the number of race events
- whole-of-life dog cycle management
- $1,500 bond for every dog bred
All of the news above happened two years ago and Greyhound racing is still the hot-button issue in NSW, the government still supporting the Greyhound racing for money presently.
Even though the big news and influencers are not talking about the Greyhound racing as often, we should never stop fighting and never forget about the cruel sport.
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The cruel sport of betting dollars for few extra when the dogs are betting their lives is not a sport. It should be illegal.