Liquor and Gaming NSW

'Dogs deserve better' public education campaign commences

Publication date: Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A public education campaign to inform the NSW community of the facts about greyhound racing commences this week, part of a wider engagement strategy to support participants in the NSW greyhound industry as the industry transitions to closure over the next 12 months.

Animal welfare is at the heart of the 'Dogs Deserve Better' campaign that includes television, radio, newspaper, outdoor and social media spots.

Dogs Deserve Better shares some of the alarming facts about greyhound racing in NSW that were published in the report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry. They include:

  • 4,074 greyhounds on average are slaughtered each year
  • 50-70% of racing dogs are deemed "wastage" every year
  • 136 greyhounds die racing a year
  • One in five greyhounds suffer an injury while racing
  • The average lifespan of a racing greyhound is 1.5 years. The average lifespan of a greyhound is nine years.
  • Piglets, possums and rabbits are all victims of brutal live baiting
  • Greyhound racing is only legal in eight countries worldwide

The Dogs Deserve Better spots guide people to the greyhounds.justice.nsw.gov.au website for information about support services for industry participants, as well as information for people who would like to volunteer to adopt a dog.

Over the next 12 months as the industry transitions to closure, the NSW Government will announce an industry shutdown plan that will include:

  • A welfare plan for existing greyhounds;
  • A support package for industry participants; and
  • A transition arrangement for existing Greyhound Racing NSW assets that will ensure they are used for open public space, alternative sporting facilities or other community use

On 14 July 2016 the government announced the appointment of Dr John Keniry AM, the NSW Natural Resources Commissioner, as Coordinator General of the Greyhounds Transition Taskforce that will guide the industry to a human and orderly closure.

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