NSW to shut down greyhound racing

Published 7th July, 2016 in Sport & Recreation

NSW will be the first Australian state to ban greyhound racing from 1 July 2017.

A group of greyhounds and their owner
NSW will become the first Australian state to shut down greyhound racing

A special Commission of Inquiry into the greyhound industry in NSW found overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting.

The report states up to 20 per cent of trainers engage in live baiting and 180 greyhounds a year sustain injuries during races, such as skull fractures and broken backs that result in their immediate deaths.

The report also found that between 48,000 and 68,000 greyhounds – or at least half of all greyhounds bred to race – were killed in the past 12 years because they were deemed uncompetitive.

Premier Mike Baird said the government would announce a detailed industry shutdown plan during the second half of 2016 following consultation with stakeholders in industry and animal welfare organisations.

“We are left with no acceptable course of action except to close this industry down,” Mr Baird said.

The transition plan to wind down the industry will include:

  • a welfare plan for existing greyhounds, including opportunities for re-homing
  • an adjustment package for industry participants
  • 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.

The NSW Government will prepare and consult on legislation to be presented to Parliament to shut down the industry’s operation and appoint an administrator for Greyhound Racing NSW.

Read the Commission of Inquiry's report at the Justice NSW website. 

Published 7th July, 2016 in Sport & Recreation