This page provides a range of short briefs on key issues in greyhound racing.
Terminal blood donation is a common practice that exploits greyhounds before their death.
2021 independent report finds that NT greyhound racing "does not have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure best practice animal welfare standards are being adhered to."
In September 2021, the Tasmanian Minister for Racing announced an investigation into the state's racing laws. This is likely to be a reaction to a string of ongoing issues with Tasracing and the Tasmanian Office of Racing Integrity (ORI).
The Australian greyhound export trade has a long and bloody history. Will the new new Federal Government finally take ban greyhound exports.
All surveys of the general population regarding public attitudes to greyhound racing show most Australians do not want greyhound racing to continue.
RSPCA Australia considers that there are significant and entrenched animal welfare problems inherent in the greyhound racing industry.
Published research shows most Australians feel strongly that penalties for animal abuse are too low and this also applies to greyhound racing.
In 2020, Toyota Australia, Volkswagen Australia and Optus along with other high profile Australian companies cancelled their sponsorship of greyhound racing. Once they were alerted to the realities of greyhound racing, they were quick to disassociate themselves from the industry.
Injuries are very common in greyhound racing causing intense pain, suffering and distress. Serious bone fractures of the leg are the most common injury.
The most catastrophic injuries occur when greyhounds collide at speed of up to 68km per hour, particularly at track bends where they are attempting to turn and follow a lure position that is too close to the inside rail.
In 2017, the University of Technology, Sydney found that “Approximately 80% of all catastrophic and major injuries were caused by congestion and incidents such as checking, collision and galloping.”
Not every dog is suited to racing. Around 40% of the 11,000 greyhounds bred in Australia each year are surplus to requirements. The industry calls them 'initial wastage'.
Owners and trainers in Australia can legally over-race greyhounds. This places racing dogs at risk of serious injuries, including fatal heart attacks.
A white paper by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds provides the first insight into how industry rehomers (GAPs) are performing compared to community-run rescues.
There is a constant oversupply of greyhounds in Australia as the industry breeds far too many dogs in the hope of finding the one that will run fast enough to earn money.
In 2018 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that greyhounds test positive for drugs 10 times more than horses at races.
Around the world, the greyhound racing industry uses the concept of 'starts' to present its injury and death statistics.
Although illegal, live baiting still occurs because there is an old-fashioned belief held by some racing industry participants that it gets greyhounds to run faster. Here is recent media coverage about live baiting offences:
Greyhound racing is built on the sacrifice of young, healthy greyhounds when they fail to make money for the industry.
Evidence demonstrates that most greyhounds are kept under inadequate conditions that fail to meet their physiological, behavioural and social needs.
Many greyhounds across Australia are fed on a diet of knackery meat. This meat is unfit for human consumption and is sourced from dying, diseased, disabled and dead livestock.
Surgical AI is highly invasive involving surgery and general anaesthesia and causes significant pain to the female dog.
In 2015, Four Corners broadcast shocking footage of live rabbits and possums being tortured and ripped to pieces in order to “live bait” greyhounds.
Following the NSW government decision to ban greyhound racing, there was an enormous amount of misinformation generated by the racing industry and its supporters. CPG busted the top 10 myths making the rounds. Many of them are still being used as excuses for the cruel exploitation of greyhounds.
Australia is one of only eight countries in the world with a commercial greyhound racing industry — but it's by far the biggest.
According to the latest reports, Australians are the biggest gamblers on earth, losing more than $24 billion in 2017/18.
Without gambling there would be no racing. What should Tabcorp do to prove it has integrity and deserves public trust? It should work with its industry partners to make beneficial change for racing dogs and horses.