Around the world, the greyhound racing industry uses the concept of 'starts' to present its injury and death statistics.
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.
All surveys of the general population regarding public attitudes to greyhound racing show most Australians do not want greyhound racing to continue.
In 2015, Four Corners broadcast shocking footage of live rabbits and possums being tortured and ripped to pieces in order to “live bait” greyhounds – a practice that was banned in 1967.
Despite evidence of systemic animal cruelty, the industry was given a chance to reform.
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'.
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.
Published research shows most Australians feel strongly that penalties for animal abuse are too low and this also applies to greyhound racing.
Greyhound racing is built on the sacrifice of young, healthy greyhounds when they fail to make money for the industry.
In 2018 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that greyhounds test positive for drugs 10 times more than horses at races.
Evidence demonstrates that most greyhounds are kept under inadequate conditions that fail to meet their physiological, behavioural and social needs.
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.
"among the 3.2% who bet on greyhounds, the average age is not quite 41—younger than the average Facebook website visitor, The Bachelor Australia viewer, or The Man from U.N.C.L.E movie-goer...
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.