A special commission has come to the decision to ban greyhound racing in New South Wales. After 80 recommendations were made, the special commission decided to ban the racing, with a deadline being set for the 1st of July 2017. This gives the industry just one year to shut down.
Why was greyhound racing banned?
The basic reason for the ban on greyhound racing is to protect the welfare of the dogs, as well as other animals. Unfortunately, it turned out that the industry in New South Wales wasn’t the greatest place for the dogs behind the scenes.
Several trainers were revealed to be using live bait when training the greyhounds, using animals including possums and rabbits. The dogs themselves were also often kept in cramped and unhealthy conditions and were often treated cruelly. To make matters worse, roughly 180 greyhounds every year would suffer a catastrophic injury during a race. Greyhounds can often live to be 12-15 years old, but the animals used for racing would often never see their fifth birthday, as they’d be put down before then for a number of reasons.
Problems with banning greyhound racing
While the intentions behind banning greyhound racing in New South Wales might be good, the results are looking bleak. There are an estimated 20 000 racing greyhounds in NSW and they will all need to be re-homed within the next 12 months. This task is pretty much impossible and many are worried that it will lead to a vast number of these animals being put down, something which the ban is meant to stop.
Some are criticizing the special commission as there were other solutions that were recommended. Western Australia for example has much stricter regulations and only three greyhound racing tracks, compared to 29 in New South Wales. Many believe that adopting much stricter regulations would have been a better way to go. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out over the course of the next 12 months.