Did you know that greyhounds worldwide are raced on the coldest days of winter and the hottest days of summer? Unfortunately, greyhounds don't get a vacation. Hundreds of thousands of greyhounds worldwide after a few short years of racing are killed. Many who are not up to competitive form are killed before even reaching the track, often with a shot to the head, some are more brutally killed. Greyhounds in Australia are not covered under the animal welfare code of practice. Owners refer to greyhounds that are "surplus" as "wastage". That's a loyal way of referring to those who earn them money isn't it?
Many dogs are permanently kept at the track in cages. Their life is a sad overworked and brutal one. Many are given steroids. Many die of serious injuries on and off the track. This is the dirty secret of the greyhound racing industry worldwide. Of course, the Australian greyhound racing industry claim ignorance about the number of greyhounds that are killed, and although they say they rehome many greyhounds, only a very small percentage are rehomed after their track days are over.
So next time you see a greyhound on TV racing for his / her life on the track. That can be taken literally.
Greyhound Action International: Abolishing the greyhound Industry in Australia- view Abolitionist online www.abolitionist-online.com
How to help Greyhounds in Australia & worldwide.
Write your local editors bringing the plight of greyhounds to the public attention and tell them that such a cruel and abusive industry should be banned.
Write to your state government asking for greyhound racing to be banned.
If you live in Australia, write to your local state Department of Primary Industry asking them to ban greyhound racing and ask that greyhounds are afforded protection under the animal welfare code.
Don't let this secret brutal industry continue as thousands die in Australia each year.
Ministers: Australian Department of Primary Industry
The Hon Tim Mulherin MP
Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries
Brisbane Qld 4000
Hon. Joe Helper MP
Minister for Primary Industries and Agriculture
Melbourne. Vic. 3000
New South Wales
Hon. Ian MacDonald, MP
Minister for Primary Industries
Macquarie Street, Sydney. NSW. 2000
The Hon Gail Gago
Minister for Environment and Conservation
Parliament House, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Telephone: 08 8237 9100
Australian Capital Territory
The Hon. John Hargreaves
Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services
ACT Legislative Assembly
Civic Square, London Circt.,
GPO Box 1020
Canberra, ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 62050020
The Hon David Llewellyn
Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Hobart Tasmania 7000
Hon Jon Ford JP MLC
Minister for Local Government and Regional Development;
Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne
Phone: +61 8 9213 7200
Fax: +61 8 9213 7201
The Hon Elliot McAdam MLA
Minister for Local Government
GPO Box 3146
Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: 08 8901 4092
Facsimile: 08 8901 4094