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From the discovery of mass graves full of dead dogs to live-baiting scandals and shocking reports of injury and death at tracks, the greyhound-racing industry has made its systemic abuse of animals blatantly clear.
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Generally, if greyhounds who are new to racing don't win or place in their first six races, they're sentenced to an early death. An estimated 18,000 are killed every year in Australia – simply because they aren't deemed fast enough to win races. Eight thousand of those killed are puppies.
The dogs who do make it to the racetrack are at significant risk of sustaining serious injuries, such as head trauma or broken hocks or legs, during training and racing. The intensity of the racing also means that dogs can suffer from seizures (from a lack of oxygen) and cardiac arrest.
Because they're forced to work for profit, greyhounds are treated as possessions rather than the sensitive, loving animals they are. They're often confined to tiny, barren pens and kennels, completely deprived of human companionship and stimulation. They're left in these sad conditions for up to 23 hours a day.
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In 2016, the New South Wales government commissioned an inquiry which concluded that the greyhound-racing industry is incapable of reform. Then Premier Mike Baird stated, "We simply cannot and will not stand by and allow the widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals." And yet the government continues to permit this rampant abuse of "man's best friend".
The only thing that will guarantee that dogs are protected from cruelty is a ban. Please ask Premier Gladys Berejiklian to shut down this industry.