Target: Steve Dickson, Australian Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Goal: Cancel plans to build a $12 million greyhound racing facility
Construction has begun on a $12 million greyhound racing track in Logan, Queensland. The project will be funded with taxpayer dollars, from a $110 million fund reserved by the government for the rejuvenation of Queensland’s greyhound racing industry, which has been in decline in Australia and around the world. Despite overwhelming opposition from the state’s residents, the government has made no move to stop its plan.
In Australia alone, 20,000 greyhounds are bred annually for racing. Some that exhibit unwanted traits are put down immediately in the name of “selective breeding,” while others are euthanized after injury or old age leaves them unable to race. In total, thousands of unwanted dogs are put down or sent to rescue shelters each year.
Dogs who are qualified to race spend much of their lives crated and muzzled, and suffer from open sores and parasites as a result of constant confinement. They risk injury or even death while racing—broken limbs, broken necks, seizures, and heart attacks are common health issues associated with the industry.
Citizens are increasingly losing interest in greyhound races, with fewer guests attending the events with each passing year. Despite this, the government is determined to build more racetracks, a move which will likely prove ineffective in reviving interest in the old-fashioned sport.
The greyhound racing industry exploits highly intelligent and loyal animals for profit. Monetary gain is put ahead of the welfare of the dogs, who suffer the consequences of a cruel industry. Building a greyhound racing track, particularly with taxpayer dollars, is not only unnecessary but outrageous. Sign the petition below to demand that construction of the new track is immediately halted.
Dear Minister Steve Dickson,
A plan to build a greyhound racing track worth $12 million is underway in Logan, Queensland. The state government claims that the stadium, which will be funded with taxpayer dollars, will boost the economy by helping the failing greyhound racing industry to recover.
Out of the tens of thousands of dogs bred each year for racing, many of them are either euthanized or sent to rescue shelters when it is discovered that they will be unable to race and bring in profit. Though officials claim that the track will be profitable, the decline in interest in the old-fashioned sport of greyhound racing suggests otherwise.
This type of blatant exploitation is unfair to these intelligent animals, who are forced to risk life and limb in the interest of monetary gain. We, the undersigned, demand that plans to build a taxpayer-funded racetrack in Logan be immediately cancelled.
[Your Name Here]
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