Stop Construction of Taxpayer-Funded Greyhound Race Track

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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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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19 Comments

  1. Ravinder singh says:

    Who is this Fu… kick him on his back butt and leave him on the track then only he will understand the pain.

  2. Annette Astin says:

    Discusting and so cruel

  3. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    Greyhound racing leads to to the abuse of most – if not all – of the exploited dogs. Abuse is the ultimate betrayal towards any living soul and absolutely heartbreaking all the way around. You simply can not do such a horrific thing without it killing the best in you. Period. But in case there are any out there who couldn’t care less about torturing animals – which says a lot about you, as well – then think on this: If you find people happily willing to hurt an animal in any way, they are actually finding a venue to act out their deepest, most inner evil fantasies of twisted sickness. There’s nothing more revolting than that. Aside from this, it has been proven over and over again that people who have horrid intents with animals, get bored with them soon enough, ultimately leading them to bigger prey, moving up to people, in order to re-ignite and enhance the excitement that the torturing of animals used to provide. It’s simply never enough. And do not forget, these horrendous monsters also end up raising their children in “the game”, breeding evil, little sickos to continue on “the trade”… no doubt causing abuse in every level of their lives, as well. It’s just a revolting cycle that will never end until someone gets into it and breaks the heart-wrenching pattern. So, even if an animal is not of your utmost concern, then note that it will not stop there. It is just a start. And it is just a matter of time.

  4. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    **ABUSE IS NOT CULTURE!!**

  5. randi richards says:

    Greyhounds are beautiful gentle dogs that love people and make wonderful pets. As racing dogs they are treated cruelly and without compassion. They are used as money making items with many puppies and dogs being culled. Why should tax payers foot the bill for this obscenity? Shame on you.

  6. ONE MORE REASON NOT TO GO TO SCREWED UP Australia!

  7. I can’t believe that people still watch greyhounds races. These races mean cruelty to these fantastic animals. Why don’t they put their sons or mothers to run instead of wonderful animals as greyhounds? I’m sure their sons and mothers mean nothing because the firt ones are the shit that came out of them and they’re the piece of shit that came out of the second ones.

  8. I have very little use for Australia ever since they shot from the air thousands of wild horses because someone complained about them damaging some land. As big and empty as Australia is they couldn’t leave the horses alone. They are destroying all of their wildlife by cutting down the forests etc.

  9. Cathy Blazer says:

    It is disturbing to know there are people who think dog racing is an innocent sport. That a government would use taxpayer money to support it is disgusting!

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