Tuesday 26 April 2016
Greyhound racing stewards reports show that 16 race dogs were killed at Australian tracks over a two-week period between 25 March to 7 April 2016.
Over Easter weekend alone, seven young greyhounds were euthanised after sustaining injuries on the track.
Most of the injuries comprised fractured hocks and broken leg bones. One dog suffered a fractured skull after crashing into the track railing during his race.
The oldest of these dogs was four years old; the youngest was not even two years old yet. The average greyhound lifespan is 10 – 12 years.
“These figures, while gruesome and distressing, are not altogether surprising,” said Dr Eleonora Gullone, founder of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
“A study on the injury data released by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) last month revealed that one in two race dogs is expected to suffer an injury of some sort.
“GRNSW itself found that 39 greyhounds were put down or died at NSW track between 15 November 2015 to 1 February 2016; that’s one greyhound losing its life every two days.
“The worst thing is that these figures represent only the greyhounds who were put down at the race track; they do not include greyhounds who were put down away from the track after races, out of sight from the public.
“The tragic deaths of 16 young dogs over a fortnight should be a wake-up call for the state governments. How many more dogs need to die before this archaic so-called sport is banned?
“The unacceptably high risk of injury and subsequent death by euthanasia in greyhound racing proves that this industry is inherently cruel. It is time to shut it down.”
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