Greyhound play hitting other states
The law to ban greyhound racing in NSW has passed, leaving the nationwide industry scrambling to respond.
The bill will leave thousands of people in the industry out of work, smash a central pillar of several regional economies, cut off job prospects for young trainers, and destroy the savings plans of many trainers close to retirement.
NSW Premier Mike Baird says he is sympathetic.
“We understand that this will have significant impact for those in the industry, we know that this is very difficult for them, but obviously having made the decision, the legislation through, the next stage is to ensure that we do everything possible to support the industry as it transitions for when racing stops,” he said.
Baird could find some friends through the ban though, given that a recent ABC poll showed 82 per cent of Australians want greyhound racing banned nationwide.
The NSW Government claims to be working on a compensation package for the industry worth at least $30 million for the first year, but there are no specific details on what the package will contain.
Mike Baird says it will be finalised by the end of the year, just six months before the ban comes into effect on July 1, 2017.
The official site for information on the ban says more details on compensation will be available “over the course of the next week or two”.
Greyhound racing remains legal in other Australian states and territories (though it is on the way out in the ACT), prompting questions about what the other jurisdictions will do.
Victoria's greyhound industry and government do not want to be swamped with trainers and dogs moving down south.
Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula says greyhound racing is not going anywhere, and the state is setting up controls to deal with the exodus of dogs and trainers from NSW.
“We can't have a sort of an inundation,” Pakula said this week.
While Victoria resists calls for an inquiry to match the one that led to the ban in NSW, three Victorian men have been slapped on the wrist after being convicted on live baiting charges.
Tasmania says its greyhound racing industry is not going anywhere.
In Queensland, some figures are looking to expand the industry.
The ban was imposed with the protection of animals in mind, and now the RSPCA and animal shelters are calling for an intelligent transition scheme so that stopping the industry does condemn its canine competitors.
Every state in Australia has at least one greyhound-specific adoption service, with many options listed below:
Every Greyhound is an online directory listing greyhounds for adoption in each state.
- Amazing Greys
- Greyhound Rescue Victoria
- Greyhound Safety Net
- Gumtree Greys (also operate in QLD/NSW)
- Gippsland Greyhounds
- Greyhound Adoption Program Victoria (GAP)
- Rescued Greyhounds NSW Central Coast
- Animal Welfare League NSW
- Friends of the Hound (and QLD)
- Greyhound Rescue
- Gumtree Greys (also operate in QLD/VIC)
- Nora's Foster Hounds
- Greyhound Adoption Program NSW (GAP)
- Greyhounds As Pets (GRNSW)
- Animal Welfare League QLD
- Friends of the Hound (and NSW)
- Gumtree Greys (also operate in NSW/VIC)
- Animals in Need
- Greyhound Rehoming Cairns & Tablelands District
- Greyhounds New Beginnings - Life After the Track
- Greyhound Adoption Program Queensland (GAP)