Greyhound racing will not be allowed anymore in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) starting from the 1st of July 2018. This conclusion was reached after animal welfare concerns were raised. New South Wales has also banned the sport but later changed its decision. The ACT however, plans to be the first Australian state to ban the sport.
Greyhound loses its license in ACT
Racing was allowed in the ACT by the government. This was because at first, the sport displayed Excellency in the welfare of animals. The reasons for the sport to be banned lies behind the injuries to the greyhounds that take part in these races. More and more of the greyhounds are getting injured within the sport.
Reports on Greyhounds
Reports have revealed that within the five years more than 320 dogs were being treated for injuries. Additionally, 26 dogs have been destroyed at the track. The reports continue to show that the fatalities of these dogs have been severely underestimated. This is due to fact that no data of these fatalities have been publicized. Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay gave a statement that greyhound racing has no future in the Australian Capital Territory. In saying so, they will place more importance on their continued monitoring of the local greyhound racing industry and the animal welfare thereof. The Australian Capital Territory seems to be displaying more concern for animals. The reports that were uncovered in New South Wales opened the eyes of the ACT to the untold suffering that these animals had to endure.
Greyhound Racing -Politics
There is only one greyhound track in the Australian Capital Territory. The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club operates outside Symonston. It was announced last year July that the sport has lost its social license. There will always be a political involvement and pressure when it comes to such matters. The sport is under tight regulation in New South Wales. Victoria State is also undergoing changes with the sport.