Dear Martin Pakula MP, Minister for Racing,
I urge you to end Greyhound Racing in Victoria.
The decision in NSW to reverse the legislated ban on the greyhound racing industry was unbelievable in light of the evidence of the Special Commission of Inquiry and is a setback for animal welfare.
The Report of the NSW Special Commission found unacceptable levels of injury and so called 'wastage' of greyhounds.
An estimated 18,000 healthy dogs are killed in the greyhound industry in Australia each year because they are deemed to be not good enough for racing or breeding or they have been injured on the track or in training. Only a small percentage of greyhounds are ever adopted.
The report by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner estimated that as many as 4,000 greyhounds are killed every year in Victoria before their fifth birthday. This is unacceptable.
I understand that ending greyhound racing in Victoria will affect people employed in the industry, so there must be a government sponsored transition package, in consultation with industry and animal welfare organisations which would include a welfare plan for existing greyhounds and a transition arrangement for industry participants
Greyhound racing has no place in Victoria. It is not allowed in most countries of the world and is banned in more than 40 states of the USA.
I urge you to listen to concerns of the wider community and end greyhound racing in Victoria.