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A rally at St Peters in Sydney at the weekend called for the NSW Government to again place a ban on greyhound racing.
It has been a year since the government backflipped on its original decision to ban the sport following industry outrage and pushback in coalition electorates.
Freedom of information requests by activists revealed that more than 700 greyhounds have died during that time.
That equates to almost three greyhounds dying a day.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens MP and Animal Welfare spokeswoman, organised the rally and called on the government to shut down the industry.
“The basic truth about this industry is that dogs are being killed all for the sake of a bet, Ms Faruqi said.
“We still see dogs drugged and dogs being exploited," she said.
“It was absolute, political cowardice from the Liberal government to backflip on the ban only 8 months later.”
All the rescues in NSW are full and we cannot cope with the numbers
Evidence of live baiting and misconduct aired on ABC’s Four Corners and the NSW Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance issued a guarantee that, “No greyhound will be unnecessarily euthanised,” in 2016.
At least $41 million in taxpayer funds has been issued to reform the industry.
Since then, a promised Code of Practice, by the Alliance, has yet to be put in place.
“There are always so many greyhounds looking for new homes,” said Peter Flann, Chairman of Greyhound Rescue.
“All the rescues in NSW are full and we cannot cope with the numbers," he said.
“We’ve had greyhounds come to us in very poor condition – some very thin and we’ve had one greyhound that had to have an amputation.”
By July 1, 2018, a NSW Greyhound Racing Welfare and Integrity Commission will be in place as a regulatory body.
The Commission will be responsible for ensuring the protection of greyhounds and safeguarding the integrity of the industry.
Ellen Harris from NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners & Trainers Association insisted the NSW’s greyhound racing industry was on its way to change.
“We want people to do the right thing and for people to be a part of the industry in an ethical way," Ms Harris said.
“Part of the difficulty with this industry is that participants were never required to record post racing, what happened or where those dogs were," she said.
“We are certainly not shying away from that and having the commission is a critical step."
“NSW will finally get into formal functions and this will allow us to ensure transparencies like life cycle tracking, understanding how dogs start and supporting them post career,” Ms Harris said.
Despite the proposed reforms, protestors will continue to fight for a ban.
“Animal lovers have not given up,” Dr Faruqi said.
“More and more people are coming on board and we will shut it down'" she said.
“Every single day, I will expose the horrendous cruelty that is within the greyhound racing industry.”