Save the greyhounds

Will you sign our open letter to the Labor leader, urging him to reverse his position on the ban and save thousands of greyhounds from death?

Dear Mr Foley,

I call on you to change your stance on greyhound racing ahead of the vote in the lower house.

Rather than being a way of life for rural and regional communities, the sport of greyhound racing has been in decline for years, in terms of both participants and popularity. It’s now clear that it has lost its social license – the set of conditions that society places on a company or industry to exist and grow.

The industry's ability to acknowledge its problems, to be transparent about the problems and to manage its own reform process has been so so poor, the public has lost any faith in it being able to reform.

In 2011-12 there were 4,841 registered industry participants in NSW, down from 5,959 in 2008/09. In 2015, this had fallen to 4,414. From 2008 to 2015, the industry experienced a 22% decline in the number of licensed participants.

Public attendance at greyhound race meetings has also experienced a significant decline. From 2010 to 2015, attendance at TAB tracks had seen a fall of 27.5% while non-TAB tracks, had experienced a decline in attendees of 22.7%.

Prior to the announcement by the Baird government, the industry regulator Greyhound Racing NSW was already planning to close up to 24 tracks, including 19 non-TAB tracks.

It is clear that meaningful community engagement in greyhound racing was already in steep decline prior to the announcement of a ban, with no evidence of this trend being reversed. Under these circumstances, rural and regional communities already faced the reality that greyhound racing was on its last legs.

Rural and regional communities deserve better forms of community engagement and opportunities to socialise than an industry already in decline and riddled with intractable animal welfare issues. 

A huge 85% of NSW voters support the greyhound racing ban because of their concerns for the thousands of animals mistreated by the industry. As one of these voters, I urge you to support the vast majority of people in this State and cease your opposition to the ban.

Instead, I call on you to support the communities affected by the ban by assisting in the creation of a fair and equitable transition package for those people employed by the industry, enabling them to find alternative employment.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain

Jenny Leong, Member for Newtown

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  • signed 2016-11-16 18:35:41 +1100
  • signed 2016-08-21 16:37:32 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-20 19:53:50 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-19 15:31:19 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-19 10:20:13 +1000
    Fix the cruelty in the industry…. Save the Dogs….
  • signed 2016-08-18 10:33:20 +1000
    Please reconsider your position on greyhound racing. You’ve read the report. What more do you need? I’m shocked that your opposed to the ban. No amount of regulation will change live-baiting and over-breeding . Then there are the shocking threats made by trainers to the Deputy Premier. These are the sort of people your’re dealing with. Not a few bad apples either. Back the ban.
  • signed 2016-08-18 09:40:03 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-18 03:44:47 +1000
    This wicked so called sport which it is not

    Is at the expense and suffering of these wonderful dogs

    It’s only money that talks with no thought for the dogs who suffer terribly , I have 5 rescued Greyhounds

    All injured with scars all over , disgusting

    It must be stopped .
  • signed 2016-08-17 22:30:51 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 22:17:31 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 22:00:57 +1000
    This industry will never reform! It has had fifty years to clean up its sickening act!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-17 19:45:23 +1000
    Sign the petition: Save the greyhounds
  • signed 2016-08-17 19:44:59 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 18:00:02 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 17:23:47 +1000
    Greyhound racing has so many violent overtones that I would really like to see it gone.
  • signed 2016-08-17 16:16:22 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 16:15:10 +1000
    Stop greyhound racing.

    Alice Shore
  • signed 2016-08-17 13:58:21 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 13:02:53 +1000
    This hideous industry must shut down once and for all. So long overdue !!!!!!
  • signed 2016-08-17 12:29:45 +1000
    I support the BAN on Greyhound Racing in NSW.

    We should never tolerate animal cruelty. Luke Foley, and NSW Labor have let us all down.
  • signed via 2016-08-17 09:49:14 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 09:24:31 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 08:49:54 +1000
    Liz Latham
  • signed 2016-08-17 08:43:47 +1000
    I hope greyhound racing will be banned forever and people will finally start caring about animal welfare more than filling up their pockets.
  • signed 2016-08-17 08:37:06 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 08:15:48 +1000
    this industry caters only to a small minority & have proven they don’t care about greyhounds & animals used as bait. Disgusting!! Not voting labor anymore.
  • signed 2016-08-17 07:50:56 +1000
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  • signed 2016-08-17 07:18:39 +1000
  • signed 2016-08-17 07:02:55 +1000
    If Labour continues to oppose the ban on greyhound racing, it can no longer rely upon my vote. Period.