Australian racing industry ‘failing miserably’ to rehome greyhounds as adoption flat | Animal wellbeing
According to a study by the Greyhound Protection Coalition, relocation of dogs from the Australian racing industry has leveled off over the past three years.
Just over 2,000 dogs are rehomed each year by industry adoption agencies, a figure that hasn’t increased since 2017-18, according to a CPG report.
The national greyhound breeding rate in 2020-21 was about six times the racing industry’s ability to relocate them through its official adoption programs, the CPG estimates. “This means the racing industry will continue to fail miserably to convince the community that it has reformed,” the report said.
CPG national spokeswoman Kylie Field said community-run rescue groups have taken in more greyhounds than industry programs in every state except Queensland and Australia. western. “It’s a grassroots community movement to keep these dogs safe, alive and rehabilitated,” she said.
“There are more greyhounds sitting in homes now than there probably ever were,” Field said. “The number of breeding dogs is still far too high to ever, ever relocate the number of greyhounds there are there.”
Greater responsibility for rehousing and breeding was needed, Field said, citing survey this suggested that most Australians did not support dog racing. “Where are we going to be in five years if the government doesn’t step in and tighten the law on breeding these dogs?” she says.
The CPG also found that the number of unnamed puppies had doubled. “It just means they can’t be found,” Field said. “If you don’t register the dog…the dog may disappear.”
The report’s findings come amid live bait allegations in South Australia this week.
An SA greyhound trainer has had his license and registration suspended after Greyhound Racing SA and the RSPCA carried out a rapid search of the trainer’s property north of Adelaide on Wednesday.
“If confirmed, this would be the first case of live baiting ever recorded in South Australia,” Greyhound Racing SA said in a statement on Thursday. “Live baiting is an abhorrent practice and goes against everything Greyhound Racing SA stands for as an organization, sport and community.”
Under local racing rules, any trainer found live-baiting faces a mandatory lifetime ban. The practice is banned under South Africa’s animal welfare laws, with anyone convicted facing a maximum prison sentence of four years or a fine of $50,000.
“This is the first case of live baiting [in SA] who was caught,” Field said. “It’s standard practice in this industry and it hasn’t stopped.”
The domestic greyhound industry turnover reached a figure $9.4 billion in 2020-21.
– with the PAA