Publication of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Greyhound Report

Publication of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Greyhound Report

RSPCA Tasmania welcomes the publication of the Parliamentary Committee’s report into the greyhound industry but says the Inquiry has not let the greyhound industry off the leash.

RSPCA CEO Peter West says the industry is now on notice that it needs to do better.

The opportunity was there for a once-in-a-generation response that would finally bring about better welfare outcomes for greyhounds and other animals such as those involved in the live baiting scandal.

It seems the Committee has decided to not make a stand for greyhounds and chosen instead to take the easy way out.

The focus now shifts to the state Government to see what it will do to ensure greyhounds get a better deal,” Mr West said.

Judging by recent media releases and what has been said in parliament over the last few weeks, it is clear that the Government, with Labor support, will put jobs and income from gambling revenue ahead of the welfare of animals, especially greyhounds.

Statistics show that on average, two greyhounds will be injured every time there is a greyhound race meeting in this state, and there is a reasonable chance that at least one greyhound will be euthanased - just so we can gamble and be entertained.

Mr West says TasRacing is at the forefront of reforming industry practices, and other states are considering similar practices to Tasmania’s.

However there are still so many questions around injury and deaths at race meetings, massive shortfalls in rehoming options and the need for constant policing of owners and trainers by the Office of Racing Integrity – these indicate that greyhound racing can never be a completely humane form of entertainment or sport.

Mr West says at the end of the day, it is perfectly clear there will be a vast number of greyhounds that will need re-homing, that are currently not being re-homed.

TasRacing says 100% of greyhounds will be re-homed by 2019, but we ask - why can’t that be from today, or next week, or even next year?

It seems that those of us that advocate significant change will need to accept the cards we’ve been dealt, take a pragmatic approach and be prepared to work with government and the racing industry to achieve better animal welfare outcomes.”

The full report can be viewed here.