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Since 2015, Greyhound racing in Western Australia has killed more than 1,200 healthy dogs. Find out how you can help end Greyhound racing in Western Australia.

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updated 22 june 2022

Greyhound Racing Stats

Greyhound Racing Deaths since August 1, 2021

Greyhound Racing Fractures since Jan 1, 2022



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You can take action for greyhounds right now

Sign the petition

This year, Western Australians are able to use ePetitions for the first time ever. Free the Hounds have  facilitated an ePetition, being backed by the Honourable Dr Brad Pettitt MLC, to end greyhound racing in WA.

Email your local MP

As always, getting in touch directly with your local MP with a message to end Greyhound racing is one of the most effective ways to have your voice heard. We’ve also created a template for you to get started.

greyhound racing stats

Greyhound racing injuries & deaths

Over 1,200 Greyhounds have died on WA race tracks since 2015

That’s a huge number, and it grows with every year. 

89 Greyhounds sustained fractured bones on race tracks in Western Australia in 2021

As of June 2022, over 40 Greyhounds have sustained fractured bones on racetracks in Western Australia. 



Approximately 37% of greyhounds are injured every year on WA tracks

In the 2020-2021 financial year, 1,659 individual greyhounds raced with 626 of them suffering any injury (of all severities, not just major as RWWA state) bringing the actual injury rate to 37.73%. 

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Free the Hounds is a greyhound welfare advocacy group based in Western Australia and launched in August 2015. Free the Hounds is a non-profit organisation incorporated in WA under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Our purpose is to prevent the harm and inhumane treatment of greyhounds, including wastage of greyhounds by the racing industry, by informing the public of the facts of greyhound racing and supporting welfare reforms. We support an end to commercial greyhound racing.

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If you are passionate about helping greyhounds, we’d love to hear from you! 

We’re always in need of volunteers to help with events, fundraisers, research, social media, our website and more. 

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Latest News

Cannington racetrack receives ominous recognition.

Cannington racetrack receives ominous recognition.

Cannington has earned second place nationally for track-related injuries for racing greyhounds in 2021, according to the report released on Thursday February 24, 2022 by Coalition for Protection of...

Do our Statistics hold up?

Do our Statistics hold up?

Have you heard our recent radio ads on Nova 93.7 this week? Are you curious about the figures we mention in the ads? We’ve broken it down for you: Approximately 40% of greyhounds are injured every...


In The News

Group Invites Minister to See For Himself

Cannington racetrack is now Australia's thirdworst for dog deaths after greyhound girl Kelly Gusto was recently killed there, according to WA advocacy group Free the Hounds. Kelly Gusto, a two-year...

Growing momentum in WA to ban greyhound racing

A petition against greyhound racing in WA has reached more than 6,000 signatures. Melissa Harrison, President of Free the Hounds told Oliver Peterson on Perth Live that they’re taking this...

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