RSPCA NSW APPLAUDS GOVERNMENT DECISION TO SHUT DOWN GREYHOUND RACING
RSPCA NSW regards the NSW Government’s decision to shut down the Greyhound racing industry in New South Wales as a tremendous outcome in the interests of animal welfare, and hopes other states and territories will follow suit.
“This truly is a historic turning point for animal welfare,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “We acknowledge and thank the Special Commission of Inquiry for the most extensive and thorough investigation into the Greyhound industry in the country, and we commend the Baird/Grant Government for having the courage to make this very hard decision.”
RSPCA NSW realises this is just the beginning, and will work closely with NSW Government and industry stakeholders to ensure animal welfare remains front of mind during this time of transition.
“Many Greyhound owners view their dogs as pets — as part of the family,” said Mr Coleman. “It’s imperative that people understand they do not have to surrender their animals. In fact, the RSPCA advocates that Greyhounds remain with their owners, so long as the animals’ welfare is not compromised. We have heard the industry say again and again: we love our dogs. We want them to keep loving them.”
RSPCA NSW will do its absolute best to ensure the transition is as smooth and simple as possible for the Greyhounds involved and their owners — whether in New South Wales or interstate. Mr Coleman added, “The government’s decision to ban Greyhound racing saves thousands of dogs into the future.”