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Federal, state Greens statement on NSW greyhound racing ban reversal

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 12 Oct 2016

The decision of the major parties to back the continuation of the greyhound industry in NSW is tragic. It is a setback. But in recent months there have also been considerable achievements as more people have become aware of the need to shut down this cruel industry. 

Sadly for now the suffering of thousands of animals will continue. But it is inevitable that greyhound racing in Australia will end. There are only eight countries where this cruel sport continues on a commercial scale.

Animal abuse, including live baiting, drugging and the ‘wastage’ of dogs are all part of the commercial greyhound industry’s revenue model. 

The Greens around the country will continue to work to end greyhound racing. The Liberal, National and Labor parties are out of touch with public sentiment on this issue. 

NSW Labor put politics before principle as they campaigned to reverse one of the most important animal welfare advances in the state. 

Labor around the country may continue to make the same mistake but in every state and territory where greyhound racing exists, the Greens are consistently working to shut down the industry. 

Premier Baird has shown us the legislative pathway to ending this cruel practice. He ultimately caved in to the conservative elements of his party, but the Greens will continue to champion this legislation in every state and territory until we achieve a national ban. 

We are calling for: 

•    a legislated ban on all forms of dog racing
•    proper funding for the rehoming of greyhounds discarded by the racing industry
•    assistance for people who work in the industry to transition away from it

The Greens stand with animal welfare and animal rights groups, and the public to end greyhound racing in Australia.

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Signed by:
                
Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale
Australian Greens Senator Janet Rice (Victoria)
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert (Western Australia)
Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim (Tasmania)
Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (South Australia)
Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Tasmania)
Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam (Western Australia) 
Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters (Queensland) 
Dr Mehreen Faruqi MP, NSW Greens spokesperson for animal welfare
Tammy Franks MLC, South Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare
Andrea Dawkins MP, Tasmanian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare
Sue Pennicuik, Victorian Greens spokesperson for animals
Lynn Maclaren MLC, Western Australian spokesperson for animals
Andrew Bartlett, Queensland Greens spokesperson for animal welfare
Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens MLA
Caroline Le Couteur, ACT Greens animal welfare spokesperson
Greens NSW Animal Welfare and Protection Working Group

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