The racing industry has an infinite variety of ways of inflicting pain on greyhounds. Take these two. At Geelong on 22 June 2021, Aston Elliot was found to have “paresis” after he failed to finish the race. Two days shy of his second birthday, he was given a 14-day stand-down. At Bendigo on 23 June 2021, four-year old Solar Charge was found to have split webbing to the hind paw and “pannus” in both eyes. … Read moreGot a spinal cord disorder? Take 14 days off. Going blind? Take 10 days.
The death of Firefly Jen from a heart attack has brought into focus the harsh lives of racing greyhounds. Firefly Jen collapsed on the finish line at Kempsey NSW on 19 June 2021. She was aged four years and three months – old for a racing greyhound. She had run only 25 races but had fallen three times in her career. Why was she lightly raced – were there underlying issues? The death of Firefly … Read moreFirefly Jen collapses after heart attack – the last of the litter
The death of Fine Edition – two days after racing participants complained of safety issues – has highlighted the continuing suffering of greyhounds in Victoria. Two-year old Fine Edition was killed at Warrnambool on 21 June 2021. She collided with other dogs at the home turn and fell, sustaining a broken foreleg, and was euthanased by the on-track vet. She is now listed as “retired” by Greyhound Racing Victoria. Fine Edition was the 19th dog … Read moreWarrnambool greyhound dies two days after racing participants voice safety fears
The Murray Bridge racetrack in South Australia has become one of the most lethal in Australia after the death of a young greyhound. With four greyhound racing deaths this year, Murray Bridge joins the ranks of second-deadliest tracks: Gawler (SA), Richmond (NSW), and Wagga Wagga (NSW). Brisbane’s Albion Park is currently the country’s most lethal track with seven deaths in 2021. According to the Murray Bridge stewards’ report for 14 June 2021, in Race 12 … Read moreMurray Bridge SA now one of Australia’s deadliest greyhound tracks