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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 7 July 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. 

 

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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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Fractures & Deaths

Race Reports

28 July 2022 Meeting at Mandurah

Race 5 - Grade 5/Country/405 - Grade 5 - 8:04 PM  A post-race veterinary examination revealed that RAPID ROYALE had a fractured R Hock and has been stood down for 90 days. The greyhound was medically stabilised and then transferred from the racecourse to a veterinary hospital for assessment and treatment under the RWWA Greyhound Injury Full Recovery Scheme. Races Information Deaths 0 Fractures 1 URL...

24 July 2022 Meeting at Mandurah

Race 8 - Novice/Provincial/405 - Novice - 6:48 PM MADOFF, sustained a fractured right hind hock appraoching the catching pen following a collision. A post-race veterinary examination revealed that MADOFF had a fractured right hind hock and has been stood down for 90 days. The greyhound was medically stabilised and then transferred from the racecourse to a veterinary hospital for assessment and treatment under the RWWA Greyhound Injury Full...

23 July 2022 Meeting at Cannington

Race 11 - Grade 5/City/520 - Grade 5 - 10:13 PM (520M): A post race veterinary examination revealed that ZIPPER ROGUE had a fractured toe left hind and has been stood down for 28 days. Trainer Mr S Williams was directed by the On Track Veterinarian to have ZIPPER ROGUE further examined by a Veterinary Surgeon within 24 hours. A post race veterinary examination revealed that SPEED BANDIT had a right shoulder muscle tear and has been stood down...

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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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We are committed to building an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity represented in our community. We welcome all people regardless of age, gender identity, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, faith, religion, and all other identities represented in our community.