CPG in the Media - October 2019 - December 2020
DECEMBER 31, 2020 - Western Advocate, NSW; Bathurst Online News, NSW
Dennis Anderson, national president of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), which is calling for a ban on greyhound racing, said 181 greyhounds have been injured while racing at Bathurst in 2020, including 32 with major injuries. [Article behind paywall]
DECEMBER 19, 2020 - Radio 3AW, VIC
Darren interviewed Julia Cockram, lead volunteer with rescue group Gumtree Greys about the rescue group’s urgent need for more foster carers to provide homes for the many greyhounds they have that are waiting for homes. Julia is also CPG’s Victorian state director.
She explains what fostering involves, the kind of help greyhounds need settling into homes after being racing dogs and the fact that veterinary costs are covered by Gumtree Greys while a dog is in foster care.
DECEMBER 8, 2020 - ABC Radio Central, VIC
CPG’s Dennis Anderson was interviewed about Bendigo’s 14th greyhound death which makes it Australia’s deadliest track, as the COVIDSafe crowds returned.
In Race 8 on 4 December 2020, greyhound Shanlyn Deano was leading the race at the home turn but pulled up suddenly with an injury, and failed to finish. Sustaining a fractured hock (ankle), he was euthanised after the race by the on-track vet.
The greyhound death was Bendigo’s 14th in 2020, ranking it as the most lethal track for greyhounds in Australia in 2020. In Victoria, 68 dogs have now died racing this year, 187 dogs have died nationally. [Interview not available]
DECEMBER 7, 2020, Wimmera Mail-Times, VIC
The second greyhound to die at a race meet in Horsham this year has prompted a renewed debate about the safety of the sport. On Thursday, December 3, Nhill-trained two-year-old Irina Bale was euthanised after a collision during a race.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said the incident reflected “inherent” problems in the greyhound racing industry. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds however said more should be done. Coalition president Dennis Anderson said seven-dog races on curved tracks should be stopped.
“The racing industry’s own research shows that six-dog races and straight tracks are safer, yet still they persist in putting greyhounds in harm’s way,” he said. [Article behind paywall]
DECEMBER 7, 2020 - Ballarat Courier, NSW
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has labelled Ballarat’s track as “one of Australia’s most lethal” following the passing of a dog last week.
In a race at the Morshead Park complex last Wednesday, Who See Lucy collided with a group of other dogs at the first turn and fell, sustaining a fractured radius and ulna in her right foreleg. She was euthanised after the race.
According to the CPG, the death was Ballarat’s 10th in 2020, and places it third behind Bendigo with 13 deaths and Ipswich in Queensland with 11. Warragul also has 10 deaths this year. [Article behind paywall]
DECEMBER 5, 2020 - Wimmera Farmer, VIC
THE second greyhound to die at a race meet in Horsham this year has prompted a renewed debate about the safety of the sport. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds however said more should be done.
On Thursday, December 3, Nhill-trained two-year-old Irina Bale was euthanised after a collision during a race. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said the incident reflected “inherent” problems in the greyhound racing industry. [Article behind paywall]
DECEMBER 4, 2020 - Redland City Bulletin, Cleveland, QLD
Capalaba greyhound death prompts call for reform
THE director of an animal rights group has called for authorities to look at how often greyhounds are racing and review injury protocols after a dog died at a Redlands track last month.
Go Fifty Seven was pronounced dead by an on-track vet when his health deteriorated after race 12 on November 22 at Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club, according to a steward’s report…
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds state director Annie Hendley said Go Fifty Seven was raced to death and should not have run at Capalaba. Read more
DECEMBER 3, 2020 - Queensland Times, Ipswich, QLD
ANOTHER greyhound death at the Ipswich racetrack has a welfare advocacy group again raising questions about the State Government’s plan to spend $40 million on a new racing facility for the city.
Two-year-old dog Magical Rose was put down after a race on Saturday at the Ipswich Showgrounds to take the total deaths at the track this year to 11.
She collided with other dogs at the first turn and suffered a fractured ankle.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Queensland director Anne Hendley said according to stewards’ reports that made it 36 dog deaths across the state in 2020 with 27 of those happening at tracks in south east Queensland. [Article behind paywall]
NOVEMBER 26, 2020 - ABC Radio Lismore, NSW
Bruce Mackenzie interviewed CPG’s Dennis Anderson about the seven greyhounds injured at the Lismore track and the racing industry’s lack of action on making the changes recommended by UTS to reduce injury.
NOVEMBER 25, 2020 - Prime TV, NSW
24-5 November 2020 - Daily Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Dubbo; Central Western Daily, Orange, NSW
The latest death of a racing greyhound on Dubbo soil has prompted fresh calls for industry reform.
Triple Soxy, a two-year-old bitch trained by Orange’s Glen Prestwidge, collided with Ramblin’ Boots shortly after their start in the seventh race of Saturday’s meeting at Dawson park…
Coalition for the protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson says stricter safety protocols and fewer euthanisations are needed. “The racing industry has created a dangerous environment for greyhounds,” Mr Anderson said. [Both articles behind paywalls]
NOVEMBER 18, 2020 - Australian Dog Lover, Online Magazine
Greyhounds rely on welfare and integrity for their very lives
Technology could be a way to ensure retired Greyhounds stay safe once retired in NSW by introducing a mandatory annual check-up for each dog re-homed with or by a racing industry owner to a third party, said the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG). Read more
NOVEMBER 5, 2020 - ABC Radio Hobart, Tasmania
ABC Drive Program
Lucy Breaden interviewed CPG’s Dennis Anderson about the Tasmanian Government’s announcement they would pay for the desexing of ex racing greyhounds.
NOVEMBER 2, 2020 - Crikey (digital news website), National
Tabcorp — all words but very little action when it comes to “zero tolerance” of animal cruelty
The Coalition for the Gambling company Tabcorp, which profits from the horse and dog racing industries, likes to claim it’s all for animal welfare — indeed, that it’s a leader.
So welfare group Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) asked Tabcorp for details of what, exactly, Tabcorp does to ensure the welfare of animals is prioritised, and how it works in partnership with industry. (Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 31, 2020 - Gold Coast Bulletin, QLD
New greyhound racing precinct proposed for Tweed Coast reignites fierce debate about integrity of racing industry
Tweed is about to become home to a new state-of-the-art racing precinct.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said Greyhound Racing NSW commissioned a report by the University of Technology Sydney that explained how dogs were injured on tracks. (Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 29, 2020 - Examiner Newspapers, WA
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) is demanding answers following a series of alarming injuries over the past few weeks.
CPG Western Australia divisional manager Andrea Pollard said it was distressing to see the number of greyhounds killed and injured for entertainment. Read more
OCTOBER 26, 2020 - Packenham Gazette, VIC
There are calls to “reform” the greyhound racing industry, after a two-year-old dog was euthanised following a recent race at Warragul.
All fatal injuries have occurred at track turns, prompting calls for “urgent reform” from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG). Read more
OCTOBER 24, 2020 - Townsville Bulletin, QLD
Queensland Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Annie Hendley said she was angry and frustrated recommendations made in an industry-funded report, including banning curved tracks and seven dog races, had not been implemented. (Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 23, 2020 - The Daily Telegraph, Surry Hills, NSW
THE Lismore greyhound track has been labelled ‘the second deadliest’ in NSW by a greyhound protection group after another death on October 19.
On Monday, Lyndan Picture collided with another dog at the turn of the back straight and fell.
The stewards report states he sustained a fractured elbow and was euthanised after the race.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said the greyhound industry had a great deal of work to do when it came to the welfare of racing greyhounds. [Behind paywall]
(Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 23, 2020 - The Northern Star, NSW
Lil Breeze passed away yesterday (October 22) after coming a distant last in race two at Casino and collapsing post-race.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson labelled the greyhound racing industry as “ruthless” and claimed it promoted a “dangerous environment”. (Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 23, 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald, NSW; The Age, VIC; Brisbane Times, QLD
OCTOBER 23, 2020 - Townsville Bulletin, QLD
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said the greyhound racing industry was in urgent need of reform. (Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 22, 2020 - Prime News Lismore, NSW
Short TV story about greyhound euthaniised at Lismore track. Dennis Anderson states the dog had won the owners over $30,000 but they couldn’t spend a few thousand to rehabilitate the dog.
OCTOBER 22, 2020 - Port Macquarie News, NSW
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds national president Dennis Anderson said on-track deaths can be reduced by implementing safer tracks with an emphasis on straight tracks and six-dog races. (Article behind paywall)
OCTOBER 21, 2020 - Canning Examiner, WA
Two-year-old greyhound Just Clyde suffered a right hind leg fracture in race six on October 14, before being stood down for 90 days (as per the stewards’ report). October 12 saw All About Paige, three, suffer a left hind leg tarsal fracture in race four. Read more
OCTOBER 21, 2020 - EchonetDaily, NSW - Echonet is an independent online source of local news on the NSW north coast
In a statement backed by a steward’s report confirming the death, CPG says that the dog, Lyndan Picture, died in Race 8 when he collided with another dog at the turn to the back straight. Read more
OCTOBER 16, 2020 - Guardian Australia - national
The industry returned with promises of greater regulation and oversight, including by the integrity commission, but that has not stopped allegations that ex-racing greyhounds are continuing to disappear in suspicious circumstances.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, a not-for-profit, has warned that the regulator is now being undermined by funding uncertainty, the loss of its chief executive, and a looming inquiry chaired by Robert Borsak, the leader of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party. Read more
OCTOBER 16, 2020 - Casino Guardian, UK
The Government of New South Wales (NSW) has faced accusations of undermining the new greyhound watchdog of the state by forcing it to become dependent on funding from the industry.
The charity organisation Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has warned that the work of such a regulatory body is being undermined by the loss of its CEO, uncertainties associated with the funding and a pending inquiry headed by the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party’s leader Robert Borsak. Read more
OCTOBER 14, 2020 - news.com.au (digital news platform), National; Coffs Coast Advocate, NSW
The case study by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) provided exclusively to news.com.au found in the 2019-2020 financial year a total of 3569 racing greyhounds in NSW were supposed to be adopted into new homes. However, statistics have revealed a total 2338 dogs have completely disappeared. news.com.au, Read more on news.com.au Read more at Coffs Coast Advocate
OCTOBER 13, 2020 - Northern Daily Leader, Country Leader, Tamworth Times, NSW
The death is the second at the track in as many meetings. The incidents come after an upgrade of Tamworth’s track was completed last year to help improve the safety of competing dogs.
CPG national president Dennis Anderson said the incident “shows how cruel this industry can be”. “Rather than helping the dogs, the upgrade seems to be taking their lives.” (Articles behind paywalls)
OCTOBER 9, 2020 - SIDE-NOTE (digital platform), National
Peter Van Alphen and Victoria Pearson
SIDE NOTE talks to CPG’s media director about activism opportunities and to Sydney’s Greyhound Rescue group about kennel volunteering and other roles. Read more
OCTOBER 8, 2020 - Canning Gazette, WA
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds WA director Andrea Pollard said stewards reports showed greyhound Warringa suffered a leg fracture after a collision on September 28.
Three other dogs were also hurt on the night. So far this year in WA, racing greyhounds have sustained 612 racing injuries, with 109 of those being major. Read more (page 8)
OCTOBER 6, 2020 - WIN TV Ballarat, VIC
OCTOBER 6, 2020 - ABC Ballarat, VIC
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 - WIN TV Gippsland, VIC
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 - ABC Gippsland, NSW
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 - Geelong Independent, VIC
A fifth dog this year has died at Geelong Greyhound Racing Club, making the track the fifth deadliest in Victoria, according to an animal protection group.
Maddingley Park was euthanised after suffering a leg fracture, as were the four previous dogs to die at Corio’s Beckley Park in 2020, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
“Maddingley Park died a typical greyhound racing death,” the coalition’s national president Dennis Anderson said. Read more
SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 - ABC Broken Hill, NSW
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 - Cranbourne Star News, VIC
An anti-greyhound racing group is calling for “urgent reform” following the death of a greyhound at Cranbourne on Saturday 12 September.
Two-year-old greyhound Maximum Abbie collided with another dog at the home turn during race 11 at the Cranbourne greyhound racing track.
The race video shows her pulling up injured after finishing the race, with the on-track vet diagnosing a suspected fractured radius/ulna (foreleg) but was later euthanised, according to the stewards’ report.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), which works to inform the public about the cruelties of greyhound racing, said Maximum Abbie was now the fifty-third greyhound to die on Victorian tracks this year. It also says 263 greyhound injuries have been recorded at Cranbourne this year… Read more
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 - Newcastle Herald, NSW
Dennis Anderson, national president, CPG
Last week Newcastle hosted a regional heat for the Million Dollar Chase at The Gardens race track. It now ranks as the second worst track in NSW for greyhound deaths. Read more
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 - Radio 2S, Shoalhaven, NSW
So far in 2020, figures show there have been two deaths, which is the third worst in the state. The deaths included two, two year two-year old greyhounds which suffered compound fractures of their radius and ulna in eight-dog races. Both were euthanised. Meantime there have also been 44 injuries, of which eight were major.
National President Dennis Anderson says a UTS study has looked at ways in which track safety can be improved in order to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. The study recommended that there should be no more than six dogs in a race and that the dogs should run on straight tracks. Read more
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 - Illawarra Mercury, Wollongong, NSW
Tim Barrow, sports writer
The Coalition For The Protection Of Greyhounds believes the sport needs to make further changes to lower the risk of injury and death, using statistics claiming there have been 17 serious injuries and one death at Bulli this year. (Article behind paywall)
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 - Sydney Morning Herald, NSW; The Age, VIC; Brisbane Times, QLD
Well in the 2020 version of the race’s terms and conditions, the insistence that the participants get to live, and the winner has a million-dollar bounty riding on its survival, has quietly been removed.
The entire greyhound industry is an enduring stain on the Berejiklian government. Discuss. Read the Fitz Files
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 - The Queensland Times, Courier Mail (Brisbane), Stanthorpe Border Post, Tweed Daily News, Charleville Western Times, Western Star Roma, Daily Mercury (Mackay), Gatton Star, The Chronicle (Toowoomba), QLD
Greyhound welfare advocates are labelling the Ipswich racetrack as the “second most lethal” in the country after a ninth dog died there this year.
Annie Hendley, QLD state director for the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds believes the deaths show the “absurdity” of the State Government building a new $40 million greyhound racing complex in the city. “Queensland taxpayers would be appalled to see their dollars supporting a gambling industry that shows total disregard for the lives of dogs”, she says. (Articles behind paywalls)
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 - The Northern Rivers Times Lismore, NSW; facebook post of full article - September 11, 2020
Dennis Anderson, President of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has also weighed into the proposed new track. Read facebook post
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 - ABC Radio Western Plains, NSW
Nic asked about how injuries occur and what the problems have been at the Wagga track. Dennis explains about the need for six-dog racing and how it’s used in the UK and Ireland, as well as CPG’s five-point program for reform of the greyhound racing industry.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 - ABC Radio Riverina, NSW
Dennis talks about the thousands of dogs missing in NSW. Sally asks about those in greyhound racing who love the sport and are not in it just for the money, but Dennis says you don’t put a dog in a race with the risk of death if you truly love it. He also talks about how six-dog racing research reduces deaths and injuries.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 - Mirage News, NSW
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 - Radio 2BS, Bathurst, NSW
Jac Underwood asks CPG’s Dennis Anderson to ‘unpack’ for the listener the issues regarding deaths and injuries at the Bathurst track with the MDC heat pending at the track.
Over the six-minute interview Dennis explains why taxpayers’ money should not be spent on greyhound racing, the two greyhound deaths at Bathurst since 2020 began and the extent of injuries in NSW.
Dennis also responds to a statement from GWIC about safety measures that increase racing safety by explaining that GWIC’s figures on track deaths are actually half of what is really occurring due to off-track killings.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 - Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW
The Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, however, which has its headquarters in Bathurst, says Bathurst is well below the NSW averages in major and catastrophic injury classes and measures have been implemented in the state to reduce injury rates.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), which is lobbying for six-dog races and straight tracks to make greyhound racing safer, said there had been two deaths and 130 injuries at the Bathurst track in 2020 before the Million Dollar Chase heat was run on Monday. (Article behind paywall)
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 - Crikey - national online news website
Bernard Keane, political editor
Numerous examples are included of the ways in which greyhound clubs market to families, despite the fact that 32 dogs have already died in NSW since the start of 2020. Read more
SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 - Radio 2NUR, NSW
SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 - Mandurah Mail, WA
“The only way to stop this is to ban greyhound racing, but until that happens, the industry must reduce deaths and injuries by way of six-dog races and straight tracks,” CPG WA divisional manager Andrea Pollard said. Read more
SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 - NBN-TV Lismore, NSW
Thirty greyhounds have died on New South Wales tracks this year, but the President of the Casino Club says the number of incidents is decreasing. Watch video
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 - ABC Illawarra, NSW
Melinda asks what CPG’s concerns are and Dennis talks about deaths and injuries, as well as GRNSW’s breeding incentives and how the Iemma Report said there should be puppy bonds introduced. Dennis also explains why the NSW greyhound welfare code missed key opportunities to improve the lot of these dogs, e.g., it gives trainers and owners up to 15 years to fix up sub-standard accommodation.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 - Namoi Valley Independent, NSW; The Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth, NSW; Country Leader, Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth Times, Namoi Valley Independent, NSW
Responding to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ revelation that 44 greyhounds had been injured at the track this year (it cited NSW racing industry stewards’ reports), Rose said: “There’s been no catastrophe injuries [leading to death or euthanasia] for two years. Read more
September 1, 2020 - The Northern Star, Lismore, NSW; Tweed Daily News, NSW
His comments followed an announcement from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds who said, since January 1, 2020, there has been one animal death and 54 injures at the Casino track.
CPG national president, Dennis Anderson, called for an end to greyhound racing as NSW gears up for the Million Dollar Chase races held at clubs across the state. (Article behind paywall)
AUGUST 31, 2020 - NBN-TV Central Coast, NSW
AUGUST 28, 2020 - Hobart Mercury, TAS
AUGUST 28, 2020 - TripleM Radio Statewide, NSW
AUGUST 28, 2020 - Australian Dog Lover digital magazine and website
AUGUST 27, 2020 - ABC Regional Radio, NSW
Statewide Drive Program
(Please note – short sections of this recording have a few clicking noises)
In a wide-ranging 13 minute interview, CPG’s Dennis Anderson talks about the NSW Government’s current review of the Greyhound Racing Act 2017. He says the regulator must be funded properly in a transparent way by the NSW Government, while euthanasia of healthy dogs must be banned by the NSW government which should also fund non-industry rescue groups.
Fiona asks about how dogs get injured in tracks and Dennis explains how injuries occur mostly at bends in the tracks and due to the crowded racing fields of seven or eight dogs, instead of the six-dog maximum recommended by the University of Technology Sydney. He also explains there are only eight GWIC inspectors for the 28,000 racers now registered in NSW.
AUGUST 25, 2020 - Super Radio Network - 2TM and 92.9FM in Tamworth, 2MO and Triple G in Gunnedah, 2AD and 100.3FM in Armidale - NSW
AUGUST 24, 2020 - Namoi Valley Independent, Gunnedah; Tamworth Daily Leader; Country Leader; Armidale Express - NSW
The death has inflamed tensions with activist group Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) president Dennis Anderson, who said the industry was in need of urgent reform. “Guardiola died a typical greyhound death, euthanised after colliding at high speed with other dogs at the first turn,” he said. (Article behind paywall)
AUGUST 21, 2020 - The Courier Mail, QLD
“Next Time Gadget died a typical greyhound death, euthanised after colliding with other dogs at the track turn and then falling at high speed,” Mr Anderson said. (Article behind paywall)
AUGUST 20, 2020 - Bundaberg News-Mail, QLD
AUGUST 14, 2020 - Junkee Media
Patrick Lenton, Editor
When asked, Dennis Anderson, national president, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), agrees that it would be difficult to shut down the greyhound racing industry immediately.
“In the ideal world, greyhound racing would stop tomorrow and these beautiful dogs would be able to live as all other pet dogs in Australia… The only way to stop greyhound suffering is to ban racing.” Read more
AUGUST 12, 2020 - Crikey’s Tips and Murmurs section
Bernard Keane, political editor
The group Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) collated what data there is on the schemes and discovered virtually none of them have ever reported on what money has been spent. The NSW scheme, for example, was set up in 2018-19 but has never reported any expenditure. Read more
JULY 31, 2020 - ABC Central West Victoria, VIC
Radio news bulletin
JULY 28, 2020 - ABC Mid North Coast, NSW
Two separate morning news bulletins
JULY 23, 2020 - Canning Gazette, WA
Animal welfare groups have called for the track at Cannington Greyhounds to be converted from sand to grass after another dog was put down following an accident during a race.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said research in the UK showed more greyhound injuries occurred on sand tracks than grass and urged Racing and Wagering of WA (RWWA) to convert all tracks in WA. Read more
JULY 22, 2020 - Canning Examiner, WA
However, CPG said these injury schemes were used around the country to make it look like they care about the dogs. “Now that RWWA has finally made available the full details of injuries that greyhounds suffered in WA over this period, it’s clear that our estimate of one in two greyhounds being injured was very close to the mark,” she said. Read more
JULY 22, 2020 - Canning Examiner, WA
During race four, one-year-old greyhound Brankstone’s Boy fell and suffered a left foreleg fracture in an eight-dog race, he failed to finish and was killed. CPG WA divisional manager Ms Andrea Pollard said this injury capped six months of terrible greyhound suffering at the track. Read more
JULY 20, 2020 - ABC Radio Tasmania
Drive program interview with Dennis Anderson and Fran Chambers (Let Greyhounds Run Free, Tasmania)
JULY 11, 2020 - Freelance website
The Queensland Government claims the new racing tracks will be safe for dogs, but two of the three new tracks it has planned will be rounded, with turns—a common cause of collisions, broken leg bones and deaths for racing dogs.
Having borne witness to years of racing dog deaths, Dennis Anderson says collisions are a typical cause of on-track deaths for greyhounds in the industry. Read more
JULY 9, 2020 - Canning Examiner, WA
CPG’s Andrea Pollard said that the government likes to say only 0.5 per cent of greyhounds are injured annually whilst the figure was actually 52.9 per cent.
“The 0.5 per cent figure is ‘created’ by describing annual major injuries as a percentage of the total number of ‘starters’ (which includes every race run by each greyhound annually), instead of simply looking at injuries as a percentage of greyhounds competing during a given period,” she said. Read more
JULY 3, 2020 - The Age, VIC; Sydney Morning Herald, NSW; Brisbane Times, QLD
This week, amid great fanfare, the NSW government released a new code to ensure the welfare of those beautiful animals so cruelly abused in the poxy greyhound racing industry.
In the wake of the first of the devastating Four Corners exposes FIVE years ago, they have now come out with the new code to restore public confidence. Read more
JULY 3, 2020 - Wagga Daily Advertiser, NSW
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds national president Dennis Anderson disagreed the code would provide adequate protection for dogs in the industry. (Article behind paywall)
JULY 3, 2020 - NSW Country Hour - online story
David Claughton, Michael Cavanagh and Michael Pritchard
However, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said it would prefer to see the sport banned altogether; failing that, it called for stricter standards for trainers. Read more
JULY 2, 2020 - Cannington Examiner, WA
JULY 1, 2020 - ABC Radio Hobart, TAS
News Bulletin and Drive program with Lucy Breaden
The toll after two weeks of racing is two greyhounds killed, six greyhounds injured and 49 greyhounds withdrawn from racing due to injury and illness. Canine coronavirus has struck greyhound kennels in the south and north of Tasmania. Canine coronavirus is not contagious to humans but it is highly contagious among dogs and can be fatal.
JULY 1, 2020 - Mirage news website and National Tribune news website
JUNE 30, 2020 - ABC Radio Newcastle Drive; ABC Radio Country Hour - NSW
JUNE 29, 2020 - ABC Illawarra, NSW
Drive program with Lindsay McDougal
CPG national president Dennis Anderson discusses how the planned increase in greyhound races will see more dead and injured dogs on NSW tracks.
JUNE 25, 2020 - Canning Gazette, WA
The incident has put the safety of the sport in the spotlight and prompted the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) to demand urgent changes. Read more (page 5)
JUNE 24, 2020 - Canning Examiner, WA
“With no changes to the number of greyhounds racing or track design we see no reason not to expect a similar number of fractures in 2020,” she said. Read more
JUNE 22, 2020 – ABC Northern Tasmania Drive Program, TAS
Drive Program with Piia Wiirsu
Curved tracks and 8-dog races make injuries inevitable – and then some trainers and owners choose euthanasia as the cheaper option, rather than have the injuries treated.
JUNE 18, 2020 - Mirage news website and National Tribune news website
CPG presented the change.org petition to five politicians at Macquarie Street: MLC Ms Emma Hurst who will table it in the Upper House, as well as MLAs Jamie Parker and Alex Greenwich, together with MLCs Abigail Boyd and Mark Pearson. Read more on Mirage website Read more on National Tribune website
JUNE 15, 2020 – Bundaberg News-Mail and QLD regional papers
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission is currently investigating two incidents at Bundaberg – the deaths of Big Boss Bree and Isn’t She Just.
CPG national president Dennis Anderson discusses the need for reform and how greyhound racing can be made safer with straight tracks and 6-dog races. (Article behind paywall)
(Also appeared on these sites: Toowoomba Chronicle, Ipswich Queensland Times, Mackay Daily Mercury, Gladstone Observer, The Gympie Times, Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, Sunshine Coast Daily, Warwick Daily News).
JUNE 15, 2020 - New Matilda
Dennis Anderson, national president of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds explains. Read more
JUNE 11, 2020 - Crikey
The NSW government is poised to sign off on an horrific “welfare code of practice” for greyhounds that would allow the racing industry to keep dogs in 3-square-metre cages 24 hours a day — and gives them ten years before they have to provide even that much space. Read more
JUNE 10, 2020 - ABC News Online, VIC
JUNE 8, 2020 - ABC Radio Central Victoria, VIC
Breakfast lead news item
CPG national president Dennis Anderson described the dangerous nature of catching pens and how dogs are dying there.
MAY 14, 2020 - ABC Shepparton Radio News Bulletin, VIC
Breakfast lead news item
CPG national president Dennis Anderson quoted as saying it is totally unacceptable that a certain number of dog deaths are accepted in the interests of making money.
MAY 14, 2020 - ABC Shepparton Online, VIC
CPG national president Dennis Anderson said dogs were routinely suffering injuries and being put down as a result. He said it’s not acceptable to have greyhound racing as a form of public entertainment in 2020. Read more
MAY 12, 2020 - WAtoday, WA
CPG’s WA manager Ms Pollard said dogs were injured and killed for no other reason but human entertainment and money. She also highlighted the recent start of Sunday racing and said this means WA greyhounds can now be hurt seven days a week. Read more
MAY 11, 2020 - Mandurah Mail, WA
The decision was met with outrage from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), with WA divisional manager Andrea Pollard labelling it horrific. She went on to say that Moroccan Miss died a typical greyhound death – running at high speed around a curved track where dogs collide, then lose control and fall. Read more
MAY 11, 2020 - ABC Gippsland Radio, VIC
Interview with Jonathon Kendall
The introduction of straight tracks and six-dog races would help reduce greyhound suffering.
MAY 8, 2020 - ABC Central Coast Radio, NSW
Interview with Jake Lapham
MAY 7, 2020 - ABC Central Coast Radio, NSW
CPG national president Dennis Anderson says safer alernatives to catching pens must be investigated.
MAY 6, 2020 - NBN TV News, Newcastle, NSW; NBN News Online
CPG national president Dennis Anderson says that catching pens are dangerous, with the dogs coming to a sudden stop after racing at high speed. Video includes Dennis and his rescue greyhound Comet. View more
MAY 5, 2020 - ABC Central Coast Online, NSW
A steward’s report says the decision was made by the on-site vet after the dog stopped suddenly in the ‘catching pen’ at the end of the track. Read more
APRIL 29, 2020 - Blayney Chronicle, Maitland Mercury - NSW
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has suspended all racing and trialling activity at Maitland, seeking immediate explanations as part of an investigation into incidents at Monday night’s meeting. In light of the incidents the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has renewed calls to ban greyhound racing altogether.
APRIL 28, 2020 - WIN Network Gippsland, VIC
CPG national president Dennis Anderson comments on the increasing carnage on racing tracks.
APRIL 28, 2020 - ABC Newcastle Radio, NSW
Drive program with Paul Turton
While racing has been suspended at Maitland so track quality can be investigated, this incident highlights the dangers of forcing greyhounds to race at high speeds around tight bends.
APRIL 24, 2020 - The Perth Voice Interactive, WA
Opinion piece by Andrea Pollard
In this week’s Speaker’s Corner, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ WA divisional manager Andrea Pollard reminds us these animals are still being badly injured. Read more
APRIL 21, 2020 - FOX-FM Radio News, Melbourne, VIC
CPG’s Victorian state director, Julia Cockram, said if GRV can keep racing, it can keep rehoming. Charity rehomers are small, volunteer-run groups that are always running at full capacity and can’t handle an extra load.
APRIL 21, 2020 - ABC Radio North Coast, NSW
CPG President Dennis Anderson says that the Lismore track is a particular concern, currently under scrutiny by GWIC.
APRIL 17, 2020 - ABC Radio Sydney, NSW; ABC Radio National
ABC Radio reported in several news bulletins throughout the morning on CPG’s concerns regarding the NSW draft code, mentioning both lack of kennel space and exercise.
A second news item covered the need for safer tracks, increased penalties and reduced breeding.
APRIL 14, 2020 - Freelance website
APRIL 8, 2020 - Geelong Independent, VIC
News briefs – greyhound death
A third greyhound has died at Geelong Greyhound Racing Club this year after suffering a radius/ulna fracture in a collision last Friday.
Get Up Honey was “humanely euthanased”, according to the steward’s report, and was the 68th dog to die on Australian tracks this year, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds. Read more
APRIL 7, 2020 - Australian Dog Lover
Comment on Draft NSW Greyhound Welfare Code Before April 14, 2020
Greyhounds are just like other dogs and they need five minutes of our time online this week.
CPG is asking all dog lovers to go online for five minutes and have their say about shortcomings in the new draft welfare standard for these dogs in NSW. Read more
MARCH 27, 2020 - Mandurah Mail, WA
Greyhounds Titanium Bolt and Shinboner Star were seriously injured after racing at the Mandurah track last weekend.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds were concerned about what happens to greyhounds under the Greyhound Injury Full Recovery Scheme managed by Racing and Wagering WA. Read more
MARCH 21, 2020 - Central Coast Community News, Weekly news wrap 5@5, NSW
CPG National President, Dennis Anderson, said that “Twelve greyhounds have now been killed on NSW tracks.” Read more
MARCH 20, 2020 - Central Coast Community News, NSW
Greyhound death revives calls for reform
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) is calling for a major reform of the greyhound racing industry after a dog was euthanised following a meet at Gosford on March 10. Read more
MARCH 14, 2020 - SBS News website article and TV news story
The story also includes comments by Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission CEO Judy Lind and CPG’s National President/Dennis Anderson.
SBS notes at the end of the article that the NSW Government did not respond to a request for comment. Read more
MARCH 13, 2020 - SBS World News Radio
SBS notes that the last GRNSW annual report says only 700 dogs were re-homed. Listen to the podcast
MARCH 12, 2020 - ABC Central Coast, NSW
Scott Levi Breakfast Show
In a wide-ranging discussion CPG President Dennis Anderson talks about the love of greyhounds, how to reform the racing industry, and the sad death of Sapphire Jan this week at the Gosford track north of Sydney.
MARCH 1, 2020 - 2SER Weekend Breakfast Show, NSW
Radio interview with host Jess Klajman
Producer – Chris Jaeger
When a greyhound is too slow to race, she’s either ‘disappeared’ or taxpayers ultimately foot the bill to re-house her.
Dennis Anderson, national president of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) wants to know why. Listen to the interview
FEBRUARY 26, 2020 - New Matilda
You and I shouldn’t be paying to rehouse greyhounds too slow to race, the industry should
Both the racing and betting industries – not the public – must pay the costs of greyhound welfare after each dog stops racing. Read more
FEBRUARY 24, 2020 - Greyhound Recorder
GWIC responds to recent ABC report
Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission CEO Judy Lind responded to the ABC Sydney Online article of February 22, 2020 with a news release which was published by the Greyhound Recorder. CPG has provided a factual analysis of GWIC’s response for journalists here.
FEBRUARY 22, 2020 - ABC Sydney Online, NSW
Greyhounds still disappearing in NSW as Integrity Commission tries to seal cracks
More than three years after the NSW Government promised to clean up the greyhound industry many dogs are still disappearing and feared dead in mass graves.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says this paves the way to more mass killings. Read more
FEBRUARY 21, 2020 - The Age, VIC; Sydney Morning Herald, NSW; Brisbane Times, QLD
High time industry counted the cost
Fitzy looks at why CPG says the extended producer responsibility should apply to greyhound welfare.
In essence, CPG says that the racing and betting industries should pay for the costs of greyhound welfare after each dog stops racing, not the public. Read more, second article down
FEBRUARY 20, 2020 - ABC Radio Sydney, NSW
Breakfast with Wendy and Robbie – 9am news broadcast
Greyhound advocates are calling for reforms after the death of Takahi Katey at Nowra. CPG national president Dennis Anderson describes the growing death toll.
FEBRUARY 20, 2020 - ABC Illawarra, NSW
Melinda James breakfast show
CPG national president Dennis Anderson looks at a recent death at the Nowra track, and discusses the reforms required to improve greyhound welfare.
FEBRUARY 19, 2020 - ABC Central Victoria, VIC
Fiona Parker Breakfast Show
CPG national president Dennis Anderson discusses the recent deaths at the Bendigo track and refutes racing industry claims. He also proposes reforms to stop the growing death toll.
FEBRUARY 18, 2020 - Echonetdaily, NSW
Echonetdaily is an independent online source of local news on the NSW north coast, covering the northern rivers including the Tweed Shire, Byron Shire, Lismore and Ballina Shire.
Greyhound sanctuaries could create thousands of jobs for rural NSW
There needs to be a quality life for greyhounds after racing.
Animal welfare group the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) have just announced an idea where greyhound sanctuaries could create more than 7,000 new jobs across rural NSW. Read more
FEBRUARY 17, 2020 - Triple J Radio - Hack program
Hack is made for young Australians 15-35 years and airs nationally at 5:30pm weekdays nationally.
Triple J meets Dr Victoria Sublette at home with her greyhounds and talks to CPG National President Dennis Anderson about the 64 greyhounds that were killed last year on Qld racing tracks and the State Government plans to build a new $40m racing track.
FEBRUARY 13, 2020 - totallyveganvbuzz.com, International
Animal rights activists have released shocking statistics behind the greyhound racing industry in Australia.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has slammed the industry and demanded tougher protections for animals. Read more
FEBRUARY 12, 2020 - The Canning Examiner, WA
Group alarmed at dog deaths
Greyhound racing in WA is again under the spotlight after several greyhounds were injured in recent races.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) divisional manager Andrea Pollard said the current condition of the six greyhounds is unknown and will not be made public. Read more
FEBRUARY 10, 2020 - Crikey (national digital political news platform)
Bernard Keane, Politics Editor, Crikey
As the death toll in the greyhound racing industry grows, it’s clear the NSW government has no interest in enabling the state’s welfare regulator to do its job. Read more
FEBRUARY 4, 2020 - Geelong Independent, VIC
A Geelong greyhound became the 13th to die on Victorian tracks in January last Friday, sparking renewed calls for better medical treatment and modified tracks. Read more
FEBRUARY 3, 2020 - The Northern Star, NSW
Reprinted Lismore Echo, February 6, 2020 Track under scrutiny after greyhound deaths
The Lismore Greyhound Racing Track will be under scrutiny following the deaths of two dogs in January. Mr Anderson, from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, is appalled at the industry’s treatment of animals.
JANUARY 31, 2020 - OneGreen Planet, International
Animal rights organization Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) released figures on January 29 that show 64 greyhound deaths in Queensland, Australia, in 2019. Read full article
JANUARY 30, 2020 - Daily Mail Australia
Animal activists have claimed 64 greyhounds have died and more than 1,200 were injured on Queensland tracks alone in 2019.
The group’s national president, Dennis Anderson, said the public deserved to know the information as millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on the sport. Read more
JANUARY 29, 2020 - Redlands City Bulletin, QLD
Animal rights activists have renewed calls for an overhaul of the racing industry after a dog was euthanised at a Capalaba race track earlier this month.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said greyhounds were still dying despite the Racing Queensland rebate scheme. Read more
JANUARY 29, 2020 - ABC Radio Brisbane Morning Show, QLD
Interview with CPG’s Dennis Anderson and the QRIC Commissioner about greyhound racing deaths and injuries
JANUARY 28, 2020 - ABC Queensland (online)
Exclusive by Rebeka Powell
Greyhound racing has seen 64 greyhound deaths and resulted in more than 1,200 injuries in 2019 in Queensland alone, according to figures compiled by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
CPG national president Dennis Anderson said the injuries in Queensland were “significant”. “Some of the 64 dogs killed in their prime during 2019 were not even two years old when they suffered death in the pursuit of profit and winnings for their owners,” Mr Anderson said. Read more
JANUARY 27, 2020 - ABC North Coast Radio, NSW
Radio news bulletin
A Greyhound welfare group has renewed its call for changes to the racing industry after a greyhound was killed following a race at the Lismore track.
Four-year-old greyhound Two More Models was euthanised after falling heavily during a race last week and fracturing his fore leg.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds President Dennis Anderson says it’s the second greyhound to die on New South Wales tracks with year, and the 22nd in Australia.
He says too many greyhounds are still dying.
“We believe that in 2020, it is unacceptable to be deliberately putting dogs in danger of death and injury in the name of entertainment and profit.”
The Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission says the incidents of greyhound deaths at race meetings in NSW is at a record low, with the latest injury report revealing catastrophic injury rates are at 0.6 per 1000 starts.
It says the Commission will continue to focus on reducing these numbers further and is working hard with Greyhound Racing NSW, the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association and the greyhound racing fraternity to make this happen.
JANUARY 27, 2020 - The Adelaide Advertiser (online and print), SA
Greyhounds euthanised after racetrack incidents
The deaths of three greyhounds at South Australian tracks this month have sparked calls for more safety measures and better tracking of what happens to injured and poorly performing dogs.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said “the reality of greyhound racing is on full view in South Australia”.
JANUARY 24, 2020 - ABC Radio Tasmania Drive, TAS
CPG National President Dennis Anderson talks to ABC Tasmania Drive presenter Piia Wirsu about the two greyhound deaths within a fortnight in Tasmania. Myrrhee and Veil Falls both fell, fractured their legs and were put to death.
Mr Anderson states that it costs around $4,000 to treat the typical fractured leg that greyhounds suffer when racing. That so few dogs are treated shows that profit has precedence over animal welfare.
JANUARY 14, 2020 - The Courier, Ballarat, VIC
The death of two dogs in separate races at a Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting last Wednesday has led to a further call for changes in the way the sport is conducted…
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, an association affiliated with the Animal Justice Party, says there have been 11 greyhound deaths at Australian racing tracks in the first 10 days of 2020, according to stewards’ reports, with five deaths in Victoria.
JANUARY 14, 2020 - ABC Central Victoria, VIC
Radio interviewer Tyrone Dalton talked with CPG National President, Dennis Anderson, about greyhounds Latinize and Bakali Jet being killed at Ballarat.
JANUARY 8, 2020 - Mandurah Coastal Times, WA (front page)
Injuries dog sport
The safety and wellbeing of Greyhounds has again been called into question after two dogs were injured while racing at TABtouch Park Mandurah on December 27.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds WA divisional manager Andrea Pollard continued to call for a ban on the sport and said the “carnage continues” after three-year old greyhounds Aldrich and Leilani’s Lad broke their right hind legs while racing. Read more
JANUARY 7, 2020 - NewsMail, Bundaberg, QLD
It’s hardly the trifecta punters were betting on, but the last three Bundaberg greyhound meets in 2019 saw three dogs euthanized – one at each meet – after suffering an injury, according to the local steward reports. Read more
DECEMBER 27, 2019 – Townsville Bulletin, QLD
Greyhounds euthanased after fall in race
Two greyhounds were euthanased at the Townsville track earlier this month in a race that was sponsored by Burdekin Vet Services.
According to the latest stewards’ report, greyhounds Pandora’s Glory and Midnight Swim fell at the turn of the back straight in Race 2 on December 17. Pandora’s Glory fractured her shoulder while Midnight Swim injured her hind tendon. Both dogs were euthanased and both were less than three years old.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Queensland divisional manager Matt Stephen claimed the incident underlined the “brutal nature of greyhound racing”. “Eight dogs have been killed in their prime at this track since June 2019 in the pursuit of profit and winnings for their owners and trainers,” he said.
However, Racing Queensland boss Brendan Parnell said the injury rate for greyhounds racing in Queensland was under 3 per cent, with most of those returning to the track inside a fortnight. “In Townsville, the present figure is under 2.5 per cent – the second lowest in the state behind Rockhampton – however, there are occasions where euthanasia is required due to race-day incidents, which is unfortunate,” he said.
“As an organisation, we are continually looking for new ways to reduce the injury and mortality rates contained within our sport.”
DECEMBER 17, 2019 – Crikey (National)
Gone are the dogs: governments have totally abandoned their promises on greyhound welfare
Bernard Keane, Politics Editor
Remember those state government pledges to better protect greyhounds in the wake of 2015 revelations of a brutal, corrupt industry? They’ve been all but abandoned…
According to data collected from the racing industry by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), 12 dogs have already been killed in races across the country in the first half of January alone. Read more
DECEMBER 7, 2019 – NewsMail, Bundaberg, QLD
Dogs dying to race
A greyhound was euthanised at each of the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club’s last three race meets in 2019, it has been revealed.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has lifted the lid on the horror faced by dogs at Thabeban Park, saying it is appalled by the statistics. Read more
DECEMBER 6, 2019 – Northern Daily Leader, NSW
(Reprinted Border News, Boonah; Country Leader, NSW; Tamworth Times, NSW)
Greyhound racing | Industry responds to condemnation after dog dies in Moree
CONTROVERSY: The death of a greyhound in Moree has resulted in more condemnation of the greyhound racing industry. Read more
DECEMBER 5, 2019 – Moree Champion, NSW
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds calls for more public awareness into greyhound industry after death at Moree track
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has described greyhound racing as a “cruel sport” after a greyhound was injured in Moree on Saturday, November 23 and subsequently euthanized. Read more
DECEMBER 2, 2019 – Newcastle Herald, NSW
Serene Spirit greyhound euthanised after it was injured in Newcastle race at Birmingham Gardens
A greyhound has been euthanised after it was injured during a race in Newcastle on Friday.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, a national advocacy group with an aim of “informing the public about the cruelties of greyhound racing,” said Serene Spirit’s death highlighted “inevitability” of fatalities in the sport. Read more
NOVEMBER 26, 2019 – Triple M Radio Brisbane morning show, QLD
Qld greyhound injury and death statistics 2019
An interview with CPG’s Matt Stephen.
NOVEMBER 20, 2019 – Daily Liberal, Dubbo, NSW
Bartender’s death sparks change calls
The death of a four-year-old greyhound, who was euthanised after its leg was broken at a recent Dubbo race meet – has led to calls for more work to be done to reduce dog injuries on the track.
“Every time there’s a death on the track or a euthanasia at the track – we’re going to put out a press release…in the area where that death occurred,” the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds vice president Dennis Anderson vowed. Read more
NOVEMBER 14, 2019 – The Herald Sun, QLD
(Reprinted The Cairns Post, Queensland, 19 Nov 2019; The West Australian, WA, 14 Nov 2019)
The brutality must be punished
Rita Panahi, columnist
Is the greyhound racing industry irredeemably rotten or can it be saved from the minority of miscreants who continue backward practices that repulse decent human beings?…
“I’m not surprised at all that it’s happening behind closed doors,” said Julia Cockram, from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
NOVEMBER 12, 2019 – ABC News Online
Victorian greyhound trainers suspended after allegedly using possums as live bait
Three Victorian greyhound trainers have been suspended after allegedly using possums as live bait, but the head of the sport insists the illegal practice is not widespread…
Julia Cockram, from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said blooding increased dogs’ “prey drive” and made them race faster. Read more
ABC Radio Shepparton, VIC
Interview about Vic greyhound injury and death statistics in the GRV annual report
CPG’s Julia Cockram
Recording not available.
OCTOBER 18, 2019 – news.com.au
Anger over Australia’s ‘disappeared’ greyhounds
Analysis has raised questions about Australia’s missing greyhounds, with animal rights groups
estimating more than 4000 dogs a year have disappeared…
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds believes thousands of greyhounds are still being
killed every year. Read more