Fighting lethal tracks

Racetracks are lethal for greyhounds. Deaths and injuries are very common with hundreds of greyhounds killed on Australian tracks each year and thousands injured. See Australian track deaths and injuries for 2020 and 2021. Racing causes pain, suffering and distress as greyhounds constantly collide, fall and collapse. The racing industry and Australia state governments know  that greyhounds would be safer if they raced on straight tracks and with only 6 dogs per race. Yet governments continue to pour taxpayer dollars into building new and unwanted tracks that do not follow these safety recommendations. Read more about the optimal track design identified by the University of Technology, Sydney. Below is more information on state government support for racing tracks and action that you can take to help stop greyhounds suffering and dying on these lethal tracks.

In July 2020, the City of Sydney Council voted eight to two to demand that the NSW Government “return Wentworth Park to the public”.

“It doesn’t seem right that so much of Wentworth Park, which sits in the middle of one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Australia, is dominated by a greyhound racing track,” said Clover Moore, Lord Major of Sydney.

Showing again a total lack of respect for the NSW public, Racing Minister Kevin Anderson responded by saying “Thankfully Clover Moore and the almond latte crew have no say over what happens at Wentworth Park.”

The NSW Greyhound, Breeders, Owners & Trainers Association (GBOTA) has a lease at Wentworth Park, a NSW Government-owned asset, through until 2027.

ipswich track rally

Ipswich Rally on 19 February 2020 co-hosted by Animal Liberation Queensland and Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

Running for their lives

The QLD government is planning to build a new $39 million dollar greyhound racing track in Ipswich. Yet again, they are sending the message that animal cruelty and problem gambling is OK by them.

In 2017, after a five-year campaign led by Animal Liberation Queensland, plans for a greyhound track at Logan were scrapped. Together we can stop the Ipswich track and make it a great day for the people of Ipswich and an even better day for the greyhounds.

Why the track must be stopped

69 dogs were killed and more than 1200 injured on Qld tracks in 2019. Australia-wide thousands of greyhounds continue to disappear each year. The Ipswich track will mean more greyhounds whelped, more deaths and more pressure on already overloaded rescue organisations.

Australia is also one of only eight countries in the world with a significant commercial greyhound racing industry. Governments should be eliminating the harms to the community from gambling and to the dogs who die in their thousands in this industry. Instead, the Queensland government is proposing to increase them by using valuable taxpayer funds to prop up a dying, cruel and harmful industry by using valuable land to promote further harm.

Australia has one of the highest rates of gambling in the world. Between 80,000 and 160,000 Australian adults experience significant problems from gambling. We have an escalating and toxic relationship with sports betting. Shockingly, children are a new target for the racing industry as it hosts “Family Fun Days” encouraging children to be the next generation of problem gamblers.

Instead of wasting $39 million on a track why doesn’t the QLD government use that money to address escalating mental health problems for children, youth and adults including gambling addiction.

CPG's five key demands

CPG has five key demands that state government and the racing industry must meet if they are serious about improving greyhound welfare. Read how the Ipswich track fails on every count.

Listen to what Chay Neal of Animal Liberation Queensland and Dr Victoria Sublette of CPG have to say about the disastrous impact the new Ipswich track will have on the lives of greyhounds and the Ipswich community.