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Greyhound Racing In Australia

There are extensive animal welfare problems inherent in the Australian greyhound racing industry. These problems include – but are not limited to – high injury and euthanasia rates , illegal live baiting and the administration of banned or unregistered substances. The RSPCA believes that there should be a national approach to ending greyhound racing across Australia.

 

 

The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW was set up on 6 May 2015 by the NSW Government in response to the ABC Four Corners program depicting live baiting in the industry.

Following the commission's findings, NSW Premier Mike Baird announced a ban on greyhound racing in the state, effective from July 2017.

Despite overwhelming community support in favour of the ban, Mike Baird reversed the decision on the 11th of October 2016.

Read the RSPCA NSW Media Release, post the reversal of the ban.

Please see below for more information relating to the inquiry.

Link to Report

Read the report prepared by the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound ​Racing Industry in NS​​W

Link to Fact Sheet

Read the fact sheet in relation to the Special Commission of Inquiry's report

How You Can Help

Please visit the RSPCA NSW website for information on how to foster, adopt or surrender Greyhounds

Timeline of Events

 

13 October 2016

RSPCA NSW accepts invitation to join Greyhound Racing Industry reform panel

Read the RSPCA NSW Media Release


11 October 2016

NSW Premier Mike Baird reverses the decision on the 11th of October 2016.

Read the RSPCA NSW Media Release


11 July 2016

NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley vows to oppose the ban on Greyhound Racing in NSW

Read the announcement on Facebook


7 July 2016

NSW Premier Mike Baird announces a ban on greyhound racing, to commence on 1 July, 2017.

Read the announcement on Facebook

Read the Ministerial Media Release

Read the RSPCA Media Release

 

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces "there is no future for this industry in the ACT" after the NSW report was released. "We will consider the findings of the NSW report before announcing a process to end the practice of greyhound racing in the ACT."

Read the announcement on Facebook


16 June 2016

Commissioner McHu​gh AC QC provided his report on the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW to the Governor.


6 May 2015

The NSW Government launches the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW. The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC is appointed to lead the inquiry.

 


Read the full timeline here