Yesterday, a terrific thing happened in NSW. The Premier, Mike Baird, made a decision. In politics these days, this is very rare. But in this case, the abolition of greyhound racing a wonderful victory for the rights of animals, particularly the 68,000 dogs who have been killed in the past 12 years because they can’t run fast enough. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of defenseless piglets, possums, rabbits and other small animals who are routinely used as live bait during training.
Yes, jobs will be lost. Yes an industry will be decimated. But a far-reaching enquiry, prompted by the superb investigative report into greyhound racing by Four Corners journo Caro Meldrum Hanna has shown unequivically that this is an industry built on systemic animal cruelty and torture. And Mike Baird – along with his deputy who has a family member involved in the Greyhound racing industry – decided it was immoral to allow it to continue. I’m comfortable with that. Are you?
RSPCA says the banning of greyhound racing in NSW will go down as one of the biggest days for animal welfare in the state’s history #nswpol
— Sarah Gerathy (@sarahgerathy) July 7, 2016