Greens MP and Animal Welfare spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has criticised Greyhound Racing NSW’s new euthenasia policy that allows a greyhound owner to euthanise their dog after two attempts at rehoming. Dr Faruqi says the industry must take responsibility for each and every greyhound and this new policy shows the industry still refuses to reform.
Dr. Faruqi said:
“You have these massively overstretched and volunteer run organisations essentially being told that if they don’t take on this dog, it will be killed. What an impossible choice to make.
“As much as I abhor animal cruelty in the horse racing industry, they at least have made a commitment to rehome every race horse. The best the greyhound racing industry can come up with is two phone calls, then the dog is killed. The industry must take responsibility for the retirement of each and every greyhound, not push the responsibility onto rehoming groups.
“Less than 25% of racing greyhound owners have adopted their dogs as pets since the backflip in the last year, which is extremely low. If the industry had any interest in changing they would be focusing on supporting adoption, not issuing policies that justify death sentences if it takes more than 20 business days to be rehomed.
“More than 330 dogs have been put down and registered as being ‘unsuitable for rehoming’ since the Liberals backflipped on the ban. This is clearly a huge loophole being used by the industry to dispose of their greyhounds. This new euthanasia policy won’t stop that.
“The NSW Government is shamefully propping up the greyhound racing and gambling industry with $41 million of taxpayers dollars but doesn’t have single cent for rehoming groups that are cleaning up the carnage. This says a lot about their priorities.
“The only way to stop the deaths is to follow the recommendations of the Special Commission of Inquiry and shut the industry down” she concluded.
Media contact: Matt Hilton for Dr Faruqi at (02) 9230 2194 or 0474 437 111