The RSPCA has called for a national ban on greyhound racing after the NSW Government announced a statewide ban from July next year.
But animal rights groups also voiced concerns that the banning could result in thousands of dogs being euthanased or sold overseas and potentially abused.
The NSW Government said the ban is based on evidence of animal cruelty including live baiting, over-exertion, injuries and mass killings within the greyhound racing industry.
The RSPCA said greyhounds had been regarded as disposable objects for too long, and all states and territories should read the report and follow suit.
“All of the problems that have been identified in New South Wales are also based on the evidence occurring nationally and so this is why we need a national ban in place,” RSPCA’s Dr Jade Norris said.
What now for the dogs?
The RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League said they would work with the Government to provide support for the re-homing of the dogs.
Animal Welfare League CEO Andrew Maso said it was important the Government provided assistance to the industry to avoid the dogs being sold overseas.
He said Greyhound Racing NSW would have to approve euthanasia, but there may not be any constraints on it.
But he said he had “no doubt” other states would also ban greyhound racing.
“What we’ve seen in the United States is that states, one by one, have been banning greyhound racing over there and there’s now only a handful of states that have greyhound racing,” he said.
“I’ve got no doubt that’s exactly what’s going to happen in Australia.”
With more than 6,000 dogs that will need to be re-homed after the ban comes into effect, greyhound adoption agencies are demanding more funding.
Angela Russell from Every Greyhound, an online adoption directory, said the NSW Government would need to increase funding if all dogs were to be re-homed as family pets.
“All of the independent groups are already at capacity and there is going to be another influx of dogs needing homes,” she said.