Target: Mike Baird, Premier, New South Wales, Australia
Goal: Find new homes for registered racing greyhounds following a laudable ban on the practice.
Greyhound racing in New South Wales, Australia is set to be banned following an inquiry that revealed widespread mistreatment of animals. This cruelty, which includes live baiting and the mass killing of dogs, created outrage among the media, animal rights groups, and the ForceChange community. The investigation was sparked after a news program aired an exposé of the rampant cruelty within the state’s racing industry.
The inquiry, conducted by the state parliament, found that the use of live bait during training is widespread, with up to 20 percent of trainers using the method. It found that up to 68,000 dogs were killed in 2014 simply because they weren’t fast enough to win races. Furthermore, it was determined that the state governing body for greyhound racing deliberately under-reported the number of injuries and deaths that occurred.
This ban will save tens of thousands of dogs each year from unnecessary death, and many thousands more from exhaustion and injuries due to the grueling nature of the races. New South Wales will soon be joining a growing number of states and countries that have moved to outlaw the barbaric practice, only strengthening the anti-greyhound racing movement. Sign the petition below to praise this move and ask legislators to come up with a plan to rescue and re-home the state’s 6,809 registered greyhounds.
Dear Mr. Baird,
In response to revelations of widespread animal cruelty in the greyhound racing industry, the barbaric practice will be banned within a year. A parliamentary inquiry found that tens of thousands of dogs are killed each year if they aren’t fast enough, while the body designated to govern the industry attempted to mislead the public about the high number of injuries and deaths recorded. This body was also found to have attempted to silence a media exposé about the rampant use of live bait during training.
New South Wales is just the latest to ban this brutal sport. This move will not only help tens of thousands of dogs within the state, but will set an example for other localities across the world where the practice is still legal. We, the undersigned, applaud the ban on greyhound racing, and ask that you ensure that the 6,809 registered racing dogs in New South Wales are rescued and re-homed.
[Your Name Here]
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