A tragic weekend saw four young greyhounds lose their lives on NSW tracks.
Over 24-26 September 2021, two dogs were killed at The Gardens (Newcastle), one at Richmond and one at Grafton.
Final Occasion – 20 months old – Richmond – compound fracture of foreleg – euthanased
Paper Kite – 2 years old – Newcastle – compound and complete fracture of ankle – euthanased
Bingo Balls – 21 months old – Newcastle – compound fracture of foreleg – euthanased
Darling Display – 3 years old – Grafton – severe comminuted ankle fracture – euthanased
The latest deaths brought the NSW racing death toll in 2021 to 48 – equal to the total NSW deaths for all of 2020.
Richmond in NW Sydney is now Australia’s deadliest track with 10 deaths this year. And just to round off the weekend, another dog was killed on Monday at Warrnambool VIC.
126 greyhounds have been killed nation-wide so far this year, (listed here).
And still the racing industry denies there is a problem.
Greyhound Racing NSW head Tony Mestrov recently stated: “greyhound racing in NSW has never been safer…. In NSW, we are leading the world in greyhound care and welfare.”
He also got stuck into animal welfare groups and their “selective portrayal of any data”.
Sorry Tony, that’s official industry data, and it’s pretty simple – deaths and injuries. Sorry if dying dogs are an inconvenient truth for the publicity machine.
Perhaps you could actually sound a bit saddened that your industry has extinguished all these beautiful greyhound lives.
And it looks like there’s going to be more death than last year.
The industry still refuses to publish details about names or locations of greyhound deaths, including those euthanasias that occur after race meetings.
That’s selective censorship of data.