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Reasons to be Anti Greyhound Racing

There are MANY reasons to be against greyhound racing.

Every Friday, on our social media, we will bring you a reason why we are anti greyhound racing, and how you can help!

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Reason One: Greyhound Exports

Australian greyhounds and their reproductive material are continuing to be exported to countries with little to no animal welfare laws. Greyhounds who are exported to China are used in underground racing and often find themselves in the meat trade.

The Federal Department of Agriculture confirmed that two Australian greyhounds were sent to China in the past three months.
Pictured here is Ruble Monelli who was born in WA and has been used for breeding in China since 2017.

Ways to help:
✔️Sign the @australiangreens petition to end greyhound exports, here.

✔️Send an email to your MP to end greyhound exports, here.

✔️Donate to @candycanerescue who do life saving work rescuing greyhounds from the Chinese meat trade:  PayPal rescue@candycanerescue.org

Pictured: Recently rescued greyhound @venus_the_greyhound , who was used for breeding in Western Australia. Venus was 6 years 11 months old when she had her second litter of puppies. Venus is also one of the 1500 dogs (in Australia alone) sired by Barcia Bale. Although Barcia Bale died a few years ago, he continues to produce litters.

Reason Two: Overbreeding

Male greyhounds can have their semen extracted and sold all over the world. Females can be surgically artificially inseminated – a practice that has been banned in some countries because it is an invasive and painful procedure. In 2019-20 there were 595 greyhound puppies born into the WA racing industry.

Each year 600+ greyhounds are discarded by the racing industry. It costs WA’s largest independent, volunteer-run greyhound rehoming group around $250,000+ to rehome 250 greyhounds. @greyhoundsaspets have announced that they will not be accepting anymore dogs until 2022 leaving the sole responsibility of greyhound rehoming to independent, volunteer-run groups to pick up the industry’s mass discarding.

Excessive breeding of greyhounds and the subsequent need to re-home them reduces space and resources for other rescue dogs needing a home.

*Figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20 and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open AUS wide), here .

✔️Sign the @australiangreens petition to end greyhound exports (open AUS wide, here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

Reason Three: Deaths

In the 2019-2020 racing calendar, 101 greyhounds died in the Western Australian racing industry, including 8 on the track. So far in 2021, 10 greyhounds that we are aware of have died as a result of racing, 6 of those were on the track.

*Figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20 and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Contact Fuller Fitness and Lords, and ask them to not sponsor death

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open Aus wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

Pictured: Elarbree Presley, the 6th greyhound to be killed on WA race tracks in a race sponsored by @fullerfitnesssubiaco @lordsrecreationcentre

Pictured: Recently rescued greyhound Charlotte who broke her hock racing.

Reason Four: Injuries

In Western Australia 2019-20, 855 racing injuries were sustained by greyhounds, including 88 fractured bones.

Research shows racing significantly increases the risk of greyhounds sustaining serious injuries due to:
•Repeated anti-clockwise running causing pressure to the right hindleg (hock)
•Sudden changes in acceleration
•Congestion around bends causing collisions and falls
•Running at speeds of over 60km per hour

So far in 2021, 69 greyhounds have fractured bones on WA tracks. 7 of these resulted in direct euthanasia at the racetrack. This week on 25/10/2022, Fab Worm was euthanised at Cannington after sustaining a compound radius/ulna fracture.

For the greyhounds who are fortunate enough not to be killed as a result of broken bone, they can face a lifetime of pain and complications.

*Figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20 and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open AUS wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound tracks

Reason Five: Poor Housing

Racing greyhounds are usually kept in kennels for the entirety of their racing lives. Greyhound trainers can have large numbers of greyhounds at once.

Racing greyhounds are deprived of normal experiences, as a result stress (both physiological & physical) is evident in racing and rescued greyhounds. For example some can display:
•Behavioural issues
•Poor oral hygiene-teeth can often be worn down from chewing their housing (cage bars)
•Pressure sores from lack of appropriate bedding
•Fear of ‘normal’ interactions (other dogs, men, stairs)
•Kennel Coat- a long, thick coat that racing greyhounds develop to protect them from the elements whilst living outside. This almost always reduces to a normal coat once a greyhound has been adopted & living inside.

The WA racing industry considers these housing conditions to be acceptable:
•Up to 23 1/4 hours per day isolated in a 3m 1.2m kennel
•Lack of enrichment and stimulation
•Little human interaction
•No heating or air-conditioning
•No soft bedding
•No socialisation with other dog breeds.

*Figures from RWWA Greyhound Code of Practice and responses to Freedom of Information requests*

Ways to help:
✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open Aus wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound track.

Pictured: A Western Australian greyhound racing kennel.

Reason Six: Gambling

This week is Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Western Australia. The WA government continue to put tax payer money into the greyhound racing industry. Australians are among the heaviest gamblers in the world, and the racing industry are cashing in on this. In WA, children are encouraged to attend greyhound races with free entry.

There are plenty of things to gamble on. Let’s not gamble on animals.

Ways to help:

✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open AUS wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound tracks.

Reason Seven: Community Impact

Whilst greyhound racing exists for a small few- industry participants & punters. The impact of greyhound racing has a significant impact on the community.

Each year 600+ greyhounds are discarded by the racing industry in Western Australia. The greyhound industry rehoming group finds homes for less than half these greyhounds every year.

This mass discarding falls on the kindness of community members to find homes for these gentle dogs. Frequently volunteers can have multiple greyhounds in their homes at once as there are no places for them to go.

More often than not, greyhounds come into rescues in poor physical & mental conditions. Rescues often cannot report the conditions these dogs come to them in, as the industry in Western Australia is self regulated.

It costs WA’s largest independent, volunteer-run greyhound rehoming group around $250,000+ to rehome 250 greyhounds.

If greyhound racing didn’t exist, this money could be used for other rescue animals that need homes.

* Injury and death figures from RWWA Annual Report 2019-20.
Other figures from RWWA’s stewards reports and responses to Freedom of I
nformation requests.

Ways to help:

✔️Send a letter to your MP via our website asking that they end greyhound racing (WA residents only), here.

✔️Sign the @animalliberationorg petition to oppose another greyhound racing track in NSW (open Aus wide), here.

✔️Foster or Adopt a greyhound

✔️Say no to attending Christmas functions at greyhound tracks

✔️Raise awareness by sharing this post

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MEDIA RELEASE – PERTH DOG COMMUNITY INVITED TO THIRD ‘HOUNDS DAY OUT’ EVENT AT BURSWOOD PARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

Around a thousand dog lovers from across Perth are expected to gather for one of the biggest dog events of the year on Sunday morning. Hounds Day Out 2021, hosted by local greyhound advocacy group Free the Hounds, will run from 8.30am to 1pm at Burswood Park on Sunday 19 September. 

 

Hounds Day Out is a greyhound-themed event for all dog breeds and dog lovers to enjoy. This will be the third Hounds Day Out and promises to be bigger and better than ever with more than four hours of entertainment and activities. 

 

“Hounds Day Out is an important fundraiser for our organisation but more importantly it is a great opportunity to raise public awareness of greyhounds as companions and to combat the long-held image of them as race dogs,” said Free the Hounds Fundraising Coordinator, Julie McWhirter.

 

“These gentle dogs are so much more than disposable commodities. They make wonderful pets and are full of character and elegance,” said Mrs McWhirter who has four rescued greyhounds including 10-year-old Faith who survived the infamous Macau Canidrome race track.

 

Hounds Day Out includes a variety of dog-related stalls offering food, accessories and services for dogs and their owners. There will also be plenty of food truck options.

 

The event will kick-off with the Great Global Greyhound Walk at 8.30am, hosted by Greyhound Adoptions WA, followed by four hours of activities including a mega raffle, dog yoga, dog wash, paddling pools, photo booth, dog physiotherapy and bowen therapy and kids corner. Attendees will also be invited to enjoy birthday celebrations for greyhounds Ivy and Albi who are also Macau Canidrome survivors.

 

Competitions will run throughout the event including squat your dog, a canine-spin on the classic egg and spoon race, most treat catches, and a fashion parade hosted by renowned Perth pet photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio.

 

Funds raised on the day will go towards Free the Hounds’ efforts to end greyhound racing in Western Australia. The group’s position is that greyhound racing is outdated, inhumane and unsustainable and must be phased out as soon as possible. 

 

See event page for more details:  https://fb.me/e/2krHeUyNy

 

Media contact person

Julie McWhirter 

Ph: 0419 935 456 

All comments may be attributed to Julie McWhirter

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MEDIA RELEASE – FEDERAL BILL INTRODUCED TO BAN GREYHOUND EXPORTS

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Perth-based greyhound welfare advocacy group Free the Hounds is throwing its weight behind a federal bill introduced to parliament on September 1st by Australian Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare, Senator Mehreen Faruqi. The Customs Legislation Amendment (Commercial Greyhound Export and Import Prohibition) Bill 2021 aims to prohibit the exportation and importation of greyhounds for breeding, racing or any other commercial purposes. The bill also includes a ban on greyhound reproductive material. Free the Hounds is calling on all Australians to sign the Greens’ petition condemning greyhound exports and supporting the bill. The group also wants the WA Government to throw its support behind the bill by encouraging its Federal counterparts to vote in favour of the bill.


The Australian greyhound export trade has caused immense public outrage since investigations into the exportation of Australian greyhounds received media attention in 2013, 2015 & 2017. The 2015 investigation by ABC 7:30 and Animals Australia revealed the inhumane treatment of Australian greyhounds in Macau and Vietnam, and the continuation of greyhound exports to Macau despite the overseeing body Greyhounds Australasia blacklisting the country for greyhound export passports in 2013. The 2015 exposé resulted in Qantas and Cathay Pacific airlines refusing to ship greyhounds out of Australia. A lack of supply of greyhounds to the Macau Canidrome and an ongoing animal welfare campaign saw the Canidrome close in 2018.


Five Macau greyhounds were re-homed in Perth in 2019 after being rescued from the Canidrome. Three Free the Hounds committee members are proud parents of Macau greyhounds and Stephen Price Labor MLA for Forrestfield also adopted a Macau greyhound. Free the Hounds Treasurer Melissa Harrison said, “these gentle dogs still bear the mental and physical scars from their time at the Canidrome and they are a constant reminder for the Free the Hounds team that greyhound exports must be banned”. Members of Free the Hounds volunteered at the Canidrome in 2019 and know first-hand the welfare concerns facing greyhounds in countries with minimal or no animal protection laws.


After much public scrutiny, Australian racing industry authorities tightened up regulations to crack down on greyhound exports, but the trade has continued through loopholes that allow it. Senator Faruqi released figures from the Federal Department of Agriculture showing at least 1,313 greyhounds were exported overseas from Australia between January 2016 and 31 July 2021. According to the Department, two greyhounds have been sent to China as ‘companions’ in the past two months. Free the Hounds is currently awaiting response to a recent Freedom of Information request seeking the details of these two dogs.


Ms Harrison led the group’s research project into greyhound exports that has collected evidence of 326 Australian greyhounds in China using a Chinese breeding website that advertises the dogs for breeding purposes. The data includes greyhounds registered to Western Australia despite Racing & Wagering WA (RWWA) denying the involvement of WA racing participants in the exportation of greyhounds to countries blacklisted by Greyhounds Australasia. An example is WA greyhound Ruble Monelli that was owned and trained by two of WA’s prominent racing participants. Ruble is now being used for breeding in China with her most recent service just last month to male greyhound Canya Cruise that broke a record at Mandurah track and won the Good Friday Cup in April this year. Another dog used to service Ruble is Ikaku Bale that last raced at Cannington in 2017 and was owned and trained by WA racing participants. Greyhounds are used as breeding machines in China and there are no regulations to limit the number of litters a female dog can produce.


In 2017, RWWA investigated the export of a greyhound named Lonely Road from Perth to China via Hong Kong. Lonely Road was owned by a syndicate made up of both Tasmanian and WA racing participants, according to the Fasttrack website. No one was held accountable for the export of Lonely Road and RWWA refused to release the investigation’s report to Free the Hounds under FOI laws.


In addition to greyhound exports, research by Free the Hounds shows Australia also exports greyhound semen to be used to inseminate female greyhounds in China. The combination of greyhound exports as well as the shipping of reproductive material from Australia has resulted in the large-scale breeding of greyhounds in China, with the offspring used for racing or further breeding. Many of these offspring end up in the dog meat-trade.


Candy Cane Rescue, a U.K. run re-homing group has been rescuing greyhounds from the Chinese racing industry and meat trade since 2017. The group claim greyhounds are in the top three most common dog breeds eaten in China. The group has shared horrific footage on its social media pages showing greyhounds stuffed into sacks, crammed on to meat trucks, suffering untreated racing injuries, kept in abhorrent conditions, and being subjected to unimaginable abuse in meat markets and slaughterhouses.


Until the Australian Federal Government bans the export of greyhounds and reproductive material, Australia will continue to be complicit in the greyhound overbreeding and cruelty that is currently occurring China. New regulations implemented by racing authorities have reduced direct greyhound exports to countries with poor animal welfare laws however greyhounds have still ended up in China via countries approved for export. The penalties for unauthorised exports are not harsh enough to act as a deterrent. Exporters can simply claim they failed to lodge transfer of ownership paperwork to the racing authority and receive a small fine. An example of this is Greyhound Racing NSW participant Chenhao Sun being fined a measly $100 last year for the unauthorised export of Pay By Cheque because he claimed he didn’t complete the relevant paperwork. Making greyhound exports for commercial purposes illegal will ensure harsher penalties, deterrence, and Free the Hounds believes will end this cruel trade once and for all.


Media release contact person:
Melissa Harrison
Treasurer
Free the Hounds
P: 0410 885 131

All comments may be attributed to Melissa Harrison

Australian racing greyhound at the Macau Canidrome with an untreated eye condition.