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Greens launch national campaign to ban greyhound racing

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 8 Aug 2016

Today the Greens are launching a coordinated, national campaign to ban greyhound racing in every state and territory. 

Greens representatives across Australia are running campaigns to ban the industry: Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC in NSW, Shane Rattenbury MLA in ACT, Sue Pennicuik MLC in VIC, Tammy Franks MLC in SA, Lynn MacLaren MLC in WA, and Andrea Dawkins MLA in TAS. Information about Greens campaigns to ban greyhound racing in each state and territory is available here: http://www.bangreyhoundracing.com.au/my-state/. 

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Greens will push for bans in every single jurisdiction where this cruel industry is still legal.  We are calling for an Australia-wide industry ban. 

“The Special Commission of Inquiry into Greyhound Racing in NSW confirmed that animal cruelty and abuse is a systemic industry issue, and that the industry is unlikely to reform. 

“In many jurisdictions in the US, and now here in NSW, governments have taken the proper steps to ban greyhound racing in the interests of animal welfare. 

“Dogs should not suffer for entertainment and bets in NSW or anywhere else,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

ACT Greens animal welfare spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur, who is working with Shane Rattenbury MLA on the ACT ban, said "The community has made it clear that there can be no stepping away from our decision to close down the greyhound industry. We now need to take this ban national - and give the industry a clear timeline.

"Last week, the ACT Greens launched a transition plan that will redirect those government subsidies into a package that helps rehome and rehabilitate the dogs.

"It includes funding for our rescue organisations, improved support to foster carers, and payments for vets checks and treatments. It also includes funding for those involved in the industry to re-train.

"We now need a national transition plan so we can shut down this industry across Australia once and for all," Ms Le Couteur said. 

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