This is essential? Death and distress on the tracks

Even in a time of pandemic, state governments won’t stop greyhound racing.

 It seems “essential” that Time to Shout had to die at Wauchope NSW on 7 August, after being hit by a defective lure.

It‘s also an essential service that Heathcote Rams had to suffer a broken hock, Callaway Beach a sprained hock, Zippy Poppy a dislocated toe, and Dashing Mary a toe and calf muscle injury, all at the same Wauchope race meeting.  

At a track that’s been “upgraded to TAB standards”.

Also on Saturday at Dubbo NSW, it was essential that Agent Ben suffered a broken hock, and three other dogs injured.  And does the race video show punters not wearing masks?

The same story in Victoria, with nine greyhounds injured at three race meetings.

The SA Government recently reversed a Covid-19 ban on racing after “robust discussions” with Greyhound Racing SA.

Has similar lobbying happened in NSW and Victoria, where three greyhounds have died racing in August already?

An “essential service” only if you value money above human and dog lives.

Images show (from left): Val Ali cartwheels at The Meadows,  Annie Rocks falls at Richmond, Time To Shout with the Wauchope lure that will kill him.

(Note that Val Ali is yet another dog where stewards “queried the frequency of racing of the greyhound”)

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