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Reasons to be Anti Greyhound Racing

There are MANY reasons to be against greyhound racing.

Every Friday, on our social media, we will bring you a reason why we are anti greyhound racing, and how you can help!

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Reason One: Greyhound Exports

Australian greyhounds and their reproductive material are continuing to be exported to countries with little to no animal welfare laws. Greyhounds who are exported to China are used in underground racing and often find themselves in the meat trade.

The Federal Department of Agriculture confirmed that two Australian greyhounds were sent to China in the past three months.
Pictured here is Ruble Monelli who was born in WA and has been used for breeding in China since 2017.

Ways to help:
✔️Sign the @australiangreens petition to end greyhound exports, here.

✔️Send an email to your MP to end greyhound exports, here.

✔️Donate to @candycanerescue who do life saving work rescuing greyhounds from the Chinese meat trade:  PayPal rescue@candycanerescue.org

Pictured: Recently rescued greyhound @venus_the_greyhound , who was used for breeding in Western Australia. Venus was 6 years 11 months old when she had her second litter of puppies. Venus is also one of the 1500 dogs (in Australia alone) sired by Barcia Bale. Although Barcia Bale died a few years ago, he continues to produce litters.

Reason Two: Overbreeding

Male greyhounds can have their semen extracted and sold all over the world. Females can be surgically artificially inseminated – a practice that has been banned in some countries because it is an invasive and painful procedure. In 2019-20 there were 595 greyhound puppies born into the WA racing industry.

Each year 600+ greyhounds are discarded by the racing industry. It costs WA’s largest independent, volunteer-run greyhound rehoming group around $250,000+ to rehome 250 greyhounds. @greyhoundsaspets have announced that they will not be accepting anymore dogs until 2022 leaving the sole responsibility of greyhound rehoming to independent, volunteer-run groups to pick up the industry’s mass discarding.

Excessive breeding of greyhounds and the subsequent need to re-home them reduces space and resources for other rescue dogs needing a home.

*Figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20 and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open AUS wide), here .

✔️Sign the @australiangreens petition to end greyhound exports (open AUS wide, here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

Reason Three: Deaths

In the 2019-2020 racing calendar, 101 greyhounds died in the Western Australian racing industry, including 8 on the track. So far in 2021, 10 greyhounds that we are aware of have died as a result of racing, 6 of those were on the track.

*Figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20 and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Contact Fuller Fitness and Lords, and ask them to not sponsor death

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open Aus wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

Pictured: Elarbree Presley, the 6th greyhound to be killed on WA race tracks in a race sponsored by @fullerfitnesssubiaco @lordsrecreationcentre

Pictured: Recently rescued greyhound Charlotte who broke her hock racing.

Reason Four: Injuries

In Western Australia 2019-20, 855 racing injuries were sustained by greyhounds, including 88 fractured bones.

Research shows racing significantly increases the risk of greyhounds sustaining serious injuries due to:
•Repeated anti-clockwise running causing pressure to the right hindleg (hock)
•Sudden changes in acceleration
•Congestion around bends causing collisions and falls
•Running at speeds of over 60km per hour

So far in 2021, 69 greyhounds have fractured bones on WA tracks. 7 of these resulted in direct euthanasia at the racetrack. This week on 25/10/2022, Fab Worm was euthanised at Cannington after sustaining a compound radius/ulna fracture.

For the greyhounds who are fortunate enough not to be killed as a result of broken bone, they can face a lifetime of pain and complications.

*Figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20 and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open AUS wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound tracks

Reason Five: Poor Housing

Racing greyhounds are usually kept in kennels for the entirety of their racing lives. Greyhound trainers can have large numbers of greyhounds at once.

Racing greyhounds are deprived of normal experiences, as a result stress (both physiological & physical) is evident in racing and rescued greyhounds. For example some can display:
•Behavioural issues
•Poor oral hygiene-teeth can often be worn down from chewing their housing (cage bars)
•Pressure sores from lack of appropriate bedding
•Fear of ‘normal’ interactions (other dogs, men, stairs)
•Kennel Coat- a long, thick coat that racing greyhounds develop to protect them from the elements whilst living outside. This almost always reduces to a normal coat once a greyhound has been adopted & living inside.

The WA racing industry considers these housing conditions to be acceptable:
•Up to 23 1/4 hours per day isolated in a 3m 1.2m kennel
•Lack of enrichment and stimulation
•Little human interaction
•No heating or air-conditioning
•No soft bedding
•No socialisation with other dog breeds.

*Figures from RWWA Greyhound Code of Practice and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open Aus wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound track.

Pictured: A Western Australian greyhound racing kennel.

Reason Six: Gambling

This week is Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Western Australia. The WA government continue to put tax payer money into the greyhound racing industry. Australians are among the heaviest gamblers in the world, and the racing industry are cashing in on this. In WA, children are encouraged to attend greyhound races with free entry.

There are plenty of things to gamble on. Let’s not gamble on animals.

Ways to help:

✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open AUS wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound tracks.

Reason Seven: Community Impact

Whilst greyhound racing exists for a small few- industry participants & punters. The impact of greyhound racing has a significant impact on the community.

Each year 600+ greyhounds are discarded by the racing industry in Western Australia. The greyhound industry rehoming group finds homes for less than half these greyhounds every year.

This mass discarding falls on the kindness of community members to find homes for these gentle dogs. Frequently volunteers can have multiple greyhounds in their homes at once as there are no places for them to go.

More often than not, greyhounds come into rescues in poor physical & mental conditions. Rescues often cannot report the conditions these dogs come to them in, as the industry in Western Australia is self regulated.

It costs WA’s largest independent, volunteer-run greyhound rehoming group around $250,000+ to rehome 250 greyhounds.

If greyhound racing didn’t exist, this money could be used for other rescue animals that need homes.

* Injury and death figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20.
Other figures from RWWA’s stewards reports and responses to Freedom of I
nformation requests.

Ways to help:

✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open Aus wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound tracks

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