According to a new study, more than 2,300 former racing greyhounds destined to reform in the past year have disappeared and are feared dead.
In a case study exclusively provided to news.com.au by the Greyhound Conservation Union (CPG), a total of 3569 racing greyhounds in New South Wales will be adopted for new homes in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. It was. However, statistics show that a total of 2338 dogs have completely disappeared.
It is unclear what happened to thousands of dogs, even if the adoption shelter was emptied during this year’s coronavirus outbreak due to the surge in demand for companion animals.
“Where are these more than 2000 dogs? It seems that unprofitable racers are still eliminated,” said CPG President Dennis Anderson. He believes that many dogs between the ages of 2 and 4 were killed.
The case study evoked a fierce reaction from the Greyhound Welfare and Sincerity Commission (GWIC), an independent regulator of the Greyhound industry in New South Wales.
Kevin Anderson, Minister of Regulation and Innovation in New South Wales, who is in charge of racing, responded to this claim by telling news.com.au “Powerful” to ensure that Greyhound lives a long and healthy life. The program is in place. “
After confronting ABC in 2016, McHugh Inquiry was launched. four corners Studies in the greyhound racing industry have found that live animals are used to feed greyhounds.
Investigations also found that thousands of dogs “disappeared” or were killed after retiring from the race.
President Anderson of Fast-moving Consumer Goods said the dog was found in a mass grave by authorities and was sometimes illegally bleeding or killed by the blood used to transfuse pets.
“People participating in greyhound races are there for money, and even if they say they care about animal welfare, they don’t. It’s going to be a very poor second,” he said. Said.
“We believe that commercial animal cruelty will play no role in Australia in 2020.”
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Anderson said he believes the greyhound racing industry is “not at all” affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
He said most races lasted throughout the pandemic and bets were mostly made online.
He claimed that the racing minister, Kevin Anderson, had not taken steps to authorize GWIC to carry out lifelong tracking of racing greyhounds. GWIC is an independent regulatory body in the NSW Greyhound industry.
Anderson said the Government of New South Wales is still tracking only greyhounds owned by registered industry participants, not greyhounds owned by non-industry participants. This is despite our efforts to track the life of the Greyhound race in 2017.
“The state government was unable to secure them,” he added, adding that there were currently eight inspectors tasked with monitoring the work and races of 26,000 Greyhounds throughout New South Wales. It was.
News.com.au understands that GWIC’s executive team actually has 11 full-time employees.
Anderson said he wasn’t concerned about greyhounds hired by private rescuers as CPGs generally go to “loved homes,” but he was concerned about dogs whose whereabouts were “unknown.” ..
“It’s easy for the state government to ensure that when a dog retires from the race, the racer’s identity is transferred from the NSW regulator to the NSW pet registry. That way, the dog won’t disappear, but what No action has been taken. Why is that so? “
Anderson urges ministers to introduce life tracking for racing greyhounds, fund rescue and reserves, increase penalties for industry rule violators, reduce breeding and racing, and make trucks safer. I did.
The government “takes Greyhound’s welfare incredibly seriously.”
In a statement to news.com.au, Minister of Regulatory and Innovation Improvement Kevin Anderson defended the government’s record of Greyhound’s welfare, and GWIC is effective in protecting racing dogs in the state. Said.
“The government takes Greyhound’s welfare incredibly seriously, and under GWIC, there is a strong program in place to help registered Greyhounds live a long and healthy life after the race.” The minister said.
“If a retired greyhound is sold, retired, or transferred to the general public who is not a participant in the industry, it remains protected. GWIC oversees the registration of retired dogs with new owners and committees. Allows monitoring by local government, or RSPCA inspectors.
“Also, recently, New South Wales has enacted a new code of conduct to allow it to take the lead in the highest welfare standards in the country, and the Greyhound Act to ensure that it fits its purpose. We are undertaking a review.
“These actions demonstrate our commitment to meet the long-term sustainability and well-being standards of the greyhound industry that reflect the expectations of the general public.”
Independent regulators challenge Greyhound’s missing allegations
GWIC challenged the findings from the CPG in a long and detailed statement provided to news.com.au, fully published at the end of this article.
GWIC said the CPG “made some false assumptions” about the number of greyhounds it believed should be adopted or went missing, and the Commission said “2338 greyhounds are missing.” I don’t agree with the CPG that it is “unknown”. “
“Before the Commission was established, it was estimated that 30% of Greyhounds would not race (born), but breeding numbers have declined significantly since the Commission was established and industrial reforms were introduced. And this number continues to adapt to the situation over the last three years. “
The statement also states, “Just because Greyhound does not race in New South Wales does not mean that he will not race at all. New South Wales is famous for young greyhounds to other states and jurisdictions in Australia. I am an exporter.
“The Commission has found that most greyhounds that do not race or have retired from the race are under the control of the owner or trainer and therefore remain registered with the Commission.
“As a result, it is not included in the reforming statistics released by the Commission.
The complete statement is:
A spokesperson for Greyhound Racing NSW dismissed allegations from the CPG and suggested that they had been tampered with.
The CPG said it summarized the case study with the published data published by GWIC and also cited data from Greyhound Australasia. The CPG case study uses data showing that Greyhound was helped and participated in the race or was considered unfit for the race.
The case study then subtracted the number of euthanized or killed Greyhounds, according to GWIC data, to find the number considered eligible for adoption in fiscal year 2019/2020.
Why does Greyhound disappear?
According to a CPG case study, understanding the magnitude of greyhound disappearance required understanding its life cycle.
• Greyhound puppies wean in about 8 weeks and are littermates up to about 6 months of age.
• They start the “intrusion” process in 12-16 months-this is when they start chasing lures at speed.
• Some puppies are rated as uncompetitive and will not progress beyond this stage.
• The rest goes to pre-training. Greyhound Australasia reports that 40 percent of helped dogs never compete.
• Greyhound’s average race career is 363 days.
• At the end of a greyhound career, dogs are kept for breeding, adopted in new homes, or disappear.
Full statement from the Greyhound Welfare and Conscientiousness Commission
“The Greyhound Conservation Union made some false assumptions about the number of greyhounds that were” should have been “or” missing “,” the Greyhound Welfare and Sincerity Commission said in a statement. ..
“The Commission disagrees with the CPG that there is a” missing 2338 greyhound “for the reasons outlined below.
“The numbers quoted, as is often the case, do not take into account the remaining greyhounds of the original owner, trainer, or breeder. For example, between July 1st and September 30th, 2018. A GWIC greyhound compliance check conducted in GWIC found that 98.5% were still under the control of registered participants.
“It is also said that 40% of greyhounds are considered unsuitable for racing. Before the Commission was established, it was estimated that 30% of greyhounds would not compete, Breeding numbers have declined significantly since the inauguration of the Commission and the introduction of industrial reforms, and this number may not continue. It fits the situation over the last three years.
“Greyhound, helped in 2017/18, is approaching the age of two, and many of them have recently started training in the race and would not have been in the race yet.
“The Commission will carefully monitor data for the coming months and years to determine industry trends.
“Similarly, just because Greyhound doesn’t race in New South Wales doesn’t mean he won’t race at all. New South Wales is a well-known export of young Greyhounds to other Australian states and jurisdictions. It is a trader.
“The Commission has found that most of the greyhounds that do not race or retire from the race are under the control of the owner or trainer and therefore remain registered with the Commission. As a result, they are members. It is not included in the reforming statistics published by the Society.
“Evidence of this can be found in the Quarterly Retirement and Lifespan Report on the Commission’s website. These greyhounds are still subject to Commission inspection and oversight.
“The Commission continues to educate the industry on reporting obligations under racing rules. Often no longer racing, but Greyhound, who is with industry participants as a pet, claims to be retired. Not yet reported to.
“Most of 2020 was spent verifying Greyhound’s status in these situations.
“The CPG does not provide evidence to support their claim that 40% of Greyhounds are” considered unsuitable for racing “or an explanation of where the 2649 racers came from. The committee cannot validate this data. “
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