Anne Boxhall column, The Sunday Tasmanian, Jan 7 2018
Sunday Tasmanian – Pet Column
For January 7th
For greyhounds who survive the race track and go on to be adopted as pets, the news gets even better. Adopted greyhounds will have the opportunity to go muzzle-free, in line with recent changes to the Dog Control Act. For adopters of greyhounds, it’s a step towards greater understanding and respect for this misunderstood breed. Adopted greyhounds will need to pass an assessment program to be granted muzzle-free status. Details on the assessment are yet to be provided, including whether the process will operate independently of the racing industry itself.
Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliff applauds his government’s improvements to the industry, however greyhounds are continuing to be injured and euthanased at an unacceptable rate.
The toll from just one race meeting at the Elwick Track on November 30 last year, according to a DPIPWE steward’s report, was two greyhounds put down due to injury and 3 others badly injured. Greyhound Tah Sophie suffered severe head trauma and was euthanased at the track. Wynburn Boxer suffered hind leg paralysis and suspected spinal injuries and was euthanased at an after-hours vet. Miss Claude suffered possible fracture of the right scapula. She was stood down from racing for only 21 days. Iona Fire suffered an injured shoulder, and El Grand Amigo a thigh injury.
A summary of stewards reports statewide for 2017 shows 336 dogs as injured during a race and 12 killed due to injury. A further 688 are listed as scratched prior to racing due to injury, illness or death.
To voice your concerns, contact Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliff and Shadow Racing Minister Scott Bacon. It is heartening to see greyhound racing will be banned in the Australian Capital Territory from April this year.