June is National Foster a Pet Month, a time to celebrate and promote the fostering of pets in need. It’s also a month to highlight the dedicated efforts of community rescue volunteers who go above and beyond to provide care and support to all kinds of animals, including Greyhounds.
In many states, the community rehomes more Greyhounds than the cashed-up racing industry rehoming arm GAP (Greyhounds as Pets). This is particularly necessary in Australia because it has a large population of retired racing Greyhounds that need homes due to over breeding.
The confronting death of a greyhound during a race in Wagga Wagga last week has reignited the debate over injuries and deaths at racing tracks in New South Wales.
A video released by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) shows the confronting moment the dog collides with the rail at the approach to the bend and flies into the air. The steward's report confirms the dog was euthanased after sustaining a fractured neck and head and leg wounds. CPG president Kylie Field called the incident "nightmarish".
"The video of this death is just traumatic and it's really barbaric," she said.
A greyhound welfare group [CPG] has expressed alarm after the death of two dogs within a week at the Newcastle race track.
"The previous government spent $30 million making tracks safe, with the racing industry describing The Gardens as 'state-of-the-art', yet deaths are increasing." The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said in a statement.
The group has called on new NSW Racing Minister David Harris to "intervene and address this growing crisis in animal welfare".
The Sandown Greyhound Racing Club will have more to deal with this Friday night than excited racegoers and superstar greyhounds, with an anti-greyhound racing group threatening to disrupt the greyhound meeting…
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds spokesperson, Joanne Lee, has articulated the group's intention to utilise this high-profile event as a platform to advocate for the termination of the greyhound racing industry…
CPG has categorically stated there is a zero tolerance rule in place that prohibits any protester engaging in any behaviour that might make any greyhound participant or race-goer feel unsafe.
CPG’s NSW director Kylie Field made comment about a death at Wagga racetrack on Friday which has shocked animal welfare advocates and raised concerns about the track’s safety.
Two-year old greyhound Joyous Treasure suffered a “fractured neck, an open head and N/S (near-side) leg wounds. She was euthanased by the on-track vet.
Three-year old greyhound Weblec Gem who died racing at Gawler during a heatwave in February was doped when she won a prior race in December 2022.
The Greyhound Racing SA Integrity Hearings Panel (IHP) suspended Weblec Gem’s trainer Ms Kim Johnstone for six weeks and fined her $300.
“The SA greyhound racing industry is rotten to the core. It’s based on animal cruelty that includes doping, live baiting, cruelty, and a failure to rehome greyhounds,” said Ms Elle Trahair, SA state director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
Labor MPs attended a Ballarat greyhound racing club to announce $1.6m of funding to "set a new standard for greyhound care" the day after a young dog died there.
Questions were put to Mr Carbines about whether money provided through the state's dedicated fund has been or would be used to improve racing conditions for dogs, such as making the tracks straight rather than circular to decrease congestion and the risk of injury.
Despite Mr Carbines saying that the new kennels would prioritise animal welfare, it is not clear how they would reduce physical injuries or deaths on the racetrack itself…
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Joanne Lee said the "ongoing brutalisation" of greyhounds had to end.
"In the last financial year the Andrews Government gave $17m to greyhound racing, but the result was Australia's most lethal state for greyhounds. How is this justifiable?"
The Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club will receive $3.3 million in funding to construct new facilities, aiming to improve the safety of racing and training at Morshead Park.
Racing minister Anthony Carbines was in Ballarat to announce the funding, which is split between the state government and Greyhound Racing Victoria…
There have been 10 greyhound deaths at Ballarat Racing Club across 2021 and 2022, according to data from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
CPG’s NSW Director, Kylie Field made comment about the Tamworth track deaths. At the Tamworth Cup carnival on 6 May 2023, three-year old Dusty Armatree collapsed after his race. He was euthanased after the on-track vet diagnosed “cardiovascular shock” and “circuitry collapse”.
Previously, greyhound Andante was euthanased at Tamworth on 29 April after falling and suffering a fractured foreleg.
Ms Field said the deaths of Dusty Armatree and Andante send a stark message to new racing minister David Harris that he can’t ignore the worsening toll, with NSW deaths up nearly a third over last year and major injuries up by almost 60 percent.
CPG's Elle Trahair explains that live baiting is an entrenched practice in the dog racing industry because those who do it believe a dog will chase faster. It’s a practice without scientific basis.
The recent decision by the Supreme Court means that the anonymous video uploaded to the cloud of live baiting in SA can be used as evidence in an investigation by Greyhound Racing SA.
Elle says the matter should be handled as a criminal matter, not GRSA because it’s a self-regulatory body that gives lesser penalties such as a lifetime racing ban. If handled as a criminal matter by the police or RSPCA, the maximum penalty is four years' imprisonment or a $50,000 fine, as well as a ban.
CPG's Fiona Chisholm says that while the government regulator in NSW, has improved greyhound welfare, there are many problems remaining:
- the NSW racing industry rehomes fewer dogs than community volunteers,
- 1500 greyhounds were transferred interstate from NSW in 2022 and the NSW Govt. has failed to empower its regulator to track those dogs,
- the national dog racing industry is now breeding six times the number of dogs that its GAP rehoming arms have the capacity to rehome,
- despite $30M of taxpayer funding given by the NSW Gov. to the racing industry to fix up dog tracks, greyhound deaths and injury stats have got worse.
Activist group Animal Liberation Queensland (ALQ) is calling for greyhound racing to end as eight of the state's trainers, including two in Townsville, are hit with doping charges in the first few months of the year.
The greyhounds tested positive for substances such as arsenic, gabapentin, salbutamol, cobalt and caffeine which the ALQ believe can lead to long-term damage to the dog's vital organs, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system...
Speaking on behalf of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Queensland Director Annie Hendley is urging the public to make your voice heard and take a stand against the inhumane practice of greyhound racing.
"Remember that when 'you bet, they die.'"
An anti-greyhound racing organisation has called for better regulation of doping in the industry, labelling current controls as "antiquated", "predictable" and "easily circumvented", in its new report on South Australia’s lax greyhound industry regulation.
The coalition [Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds] is calling for the South Australian government to set up an independent regulator to oversee the industry, and for the imposition of a drug control program consistent with Sport Integrity Australia, that monitors elite athletes.
CPG commented for news bulletins about the death of greyhound Call Me Thor at the infamous Traralgon track.
Call Me Thor suffered multiple fractures to the right hock and was killed by the on-track vet, yet in WA dogs are treated and rehabilitated.
CPG’s Kylie Field was interviewed about the death of Greyhound Full Of It, the 18th dog to die on NSW race tracks this year.
She said Full Of It’s death sends a stark message to new racing minister David Harris because he can’t ignore the worsening toll over last year, with NSW deaths up almost 30 percent and major injuries up by 51 percent.
CPG’s view is that there should be an inquiry into the failure of the former Coalition Government’s taxpayer-funded $30M upgrade program to make tracks safe and Mr Harris should reveal if the Gosford track meets these safety standards.
CPG's Elle Trahair was interviewed by Turkey's national broadcaster (which reaches more than 190 countries via streaming devices, satellite and cable).
She covered Australia's greyhound industry, how our state governments subsidise it with millions of dollars in order to get betting revenue, our huge gambling problem, as well as the entrenched animal welfare and cruelty all of this means for the dogs.
CPG's Qld spokesperson, Annie Hendley, talks to presenter Loretta Ryan about how 795 ex-racing Qld greyhounds were discarded to labs and universities over the last four years despite record profits which could pay for rehoming.
Annie said the greyhounds discarded to labs are often killed after experiments,. Greyhounds given to vet practices are 'bled out', then euthanised. Annie explained greyhounds are universal blood donors for all other dogs.
She said this is a cruel way to get rid of slower and older dogs, but it’s legal because the Palaszczuk Government has no greyhound rehoming policy, unlike other states such as NSW.
Other data also released by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) shows GAP (Greyhounds as Pets) rehoming has flat-lined at 250-300 dogs annually for the last three years.
CPG’s SA director, Elle Trahair, explains that Greyhound Racing SA's rehoming effort hit 400+ dogs in 2016 and has flat-lined at the 300+ level, with 489 dogs rehomed in FY2021-22 by GAP SA.
TasRacing has defended its Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), saying it only rehomes dogs that are suitable to be placed in the community.
CPG's NSW director Kylie Field was interviewed about the death of greyhound Winlock Lad who had just run his 108th race, but then collapsed.
She also covered the $30M in taxpayer dollars given to the racing industry by the former NSW Lib-Nat Govt. for track upgrades which has not resulted in reduced injuries and says an audit of the spend is urgently required.
In honour of April being Adopt-a-Greyhound Month, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds' volunteer Lina Yordanova spoke with two regional rescue groups about how these community-run rescues help socialise Greyhounds.
Busselton Greyhound Awareness (BGA) is located in Busselton, a town of about 27,000 people on the South West tip of Western Australia. Its nineteenth-century wooden jetty stretches nearly two kilometres into the sea.
CPG's director, Joanne Lee was interviewed for this news item about the death of greyhound Family Tradition on track.
“Family Tradition was a mere puppy at 21 months old when he fell at the turn. Tasracing has censored the head-on vision of the fall because they know the public won’t tolerate this abuse of beautiful and gentle dogs,” she said.
CPG's NSW director, Kylie Field, commented for news about the death of greyhound Zoe's Charm at the Richmond track on March 29, 2023.
Orange MP Phil Donato credits his town with saving greyhound racing from oblivion after revelations of animal cruelty almost led to the sport being banned seven years ago...
But animal welfare advocates say the sport continues to be plagued by problems, including overbreeding that leaves more dogs needing homes than can be accommodated...
Kylie Field from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said a cap on breeding should be put in place before any new facility is opened. She also said dogs were continuing to suffer fatal injuries, including 12 in NSW this year, despite $30 million in government funding to make tracks safer.
The death on Friday night (10 March) of a greyhound at a Goulburn race meeting and multiple injuries on the track show an industry that is not taking animal welfare seriously says the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
In race 10, Mobile Doll May collided with other dogs at the home turn and fell, sustaining a fractured foreleg and dislocated wrist. She was euthanised by the on-track vet. According to the CPG, footage of the collision has been edited from the official race video.
CPG director Kylie Field said Mobile Doll May was the first Goulburn death this year.
CPG said the greyhound racing industry is censoring videos of dogs being killed or injured on the track. “As soon as a dog is injured or killed the video that records the race is not uploaded to where it is meant to be, for transparency. It is getting quite noticeable,” she said.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has raised concerns about the design of the racing track to be built opposite the Devonport Airport following the death of a dog at Launceston.
On February 28, greyhound Black Roses was injured after colliding with other dogs on the first turn of race eight at the Launceston track. Sustaining a fractured hind-leg, she was able to run across the finish line but was euthanised by the on-track vet.
Tempers flare over dog death
THE state government has reaffirmed its commitment to animal welfare following the death of a greyhound at Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Track in February this year.
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards’ report says a greyhound named Audrey Zola was euthanised after suffering a “catastrophic off-side leg injury” during Race 6 on Monday, February 27.
“The recent $1.4m investment at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club underlines the industry’s commitment to delivering improved animal care outcomes,” she said.
Ms Grace’s statement comes in response to claims of “carnage” at the Bundaberg track from Annie Hendley, Queensland director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
Audrey Zola was euthanised after suffering a “catastrophic off-side leg injury” during Race 6 on Monday, February 27. Audrey Zola is the third greyhound to be euthanised at Queensland racing meetings in 2023, an increase from one for the same period in 2022.
Annie Hendley, Queensland director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, stated that “Racing Queensland has praised the Bundaberg project for ‘prioritising animal care’, yet the death of Audrey Zola and more than a dozen injured dogs has shown these are just empty words”.
After a major $1.4 million upgrade that prioritised animal care, the new track at Bundaberg has killed one greyhound and injured 14 in its first two race meetings, say animal welfare advocates.
The recently published steward’s report for Bundaberg for 27 February, found in Race 6, two-year old Audrey Zola was injured during the race, fell, and was galloped upon.
“The carnage on the new Bundaberg racetrack is a warning to Racing Minister Grace Grace,” said Annie Hendley, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) Queensland director.
Advocates claim a million dollar upgrade has done little to ensure animal welfare at the Bundaberg race track. In the first two race meetings, since reopening, one greyhound has died and a further 14 have been injured.
Annie Hendley from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhound talked about the broken bones and torn muscles that are commonly sustained by greyhounds.
Racing Queensland says it's committed to advancing best practice standards of animal care and recognises all efforts must be made to reduce injury and euthanasia rates.
The death of a greyhound on the Townsville racing track has sparked fresh calls for state money to be diverted away from the sport.
Showtime Smiley, a two-year-old greyhound trained locally, faltered midway through Race 7 of last week's Tuesday evening race card…
Coalition for the protection of Greyhounds' Queensland director Annie Hendley said the number of dogs who had been euthanised in recent years showed a lack of care.
THE Racing Minister Grace Grace might be happy to wave around a shovel to launch a planned greyhound mega-racetrack near Ipswich, but there’s nothing to celebrate for most Queenslanders or the dogs which will die at this track…
Greyhound racing is rotten to the core. The Minister must put the welfare of people and dogs before the greed of the gambling industry.
- ANNIE HENDLEY, Queensland State Director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds
Animal welfare activists have pointed to the death of a young racing greyhound at Gawler, South Australia, last night as an example of the dangers of racing greyhounds in the midst of a severe heatwave.
Three-year old Weblec Gem appeared injured in the late stages of the race and died soon afterwards. The steward’s daily report said the cause of death was “hemoabdomen”, usually a consequence of organ rupture.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) and RSPCA SA issued calls ahead of the current heatwave to suspend racing when the temperature hit 38C, citing serious risk of organ failure.
Ch10 TV-Adelaide interviewed CPG’s SA director, Elle Trahair, about the ongoing heatwave in South Australia and the lack of temperature cut-offs in the GRSA (Greyhound Racing SA) heat policy. GRSA’s CEO is also interviewed.
The number of greyhounds injured or dying on New South Wales race tracks has surged, with a new report from the state’s industry regulator finding that last winter was the worst on record for the sport since 2018.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ NSW director, Kylie Field, said the industry had not improved safety for dogs and, if wet weather was causing problems, then dogs should not race.
“This industry continually talks about safety standards for the dogs and it’s just a load of nonsense,” she said. “They were racing even being aware the tracks would be slippery, and there might be a greater risk that dogs would be killed.”
Field said the government needed to explain where the money pledged to improve safety in the industry was going and how it would act on the back of the report.
ABC Radio Adelaide’s morning show interviewed CPG SA director Elle Trahair and Dr Rebekah Eyers of RSPCA SA about the lack of racing heat limits in South Australia.
Elle details the Uni of Adelaide research which shows how racing dogs are at serious risk of internal organ failure when running at temperatures of 38C+.
Dr Eyers calls for a racing limit well below this and for the public to make submissions to the current state government inquiry.
Victorian vets will be hit in the pocket due to Greyhound Racing Victoria’s decision to no longer cover the cost of desexing dogs entering the Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program, said the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
CPG director Joanne Lee said, “GRV’s cuts mean greyhound owners and trainers will put pressure on vets to drop their charges. This will happen because trainers will be vocal about how their income and ability to rehome retired greyhounds has been hit by GRV’s new scheme.
AN international rescue mission is underway to save three former racing Victorian greyhounds shipped to China, prompting calls for a federal ban on dog exports.
Efforts to bring the three male dogs back to Melbourne comes a week before the Victorian Racing Tribunal is due to hand down its penalty to former owner Damien Senn, who was charged by the tribunal with allegedly failing to provide the young dogs with a secure retirement home…
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ Victorian director Joanne Lee urged federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt to ban greyhound exports.
Radio ABC Gippsland presenter Mim Hook talks to CPG director Kylie Field about the $6M blueprint Traralgon racetrack which is killing a record number of greyhounds and how this situation compares elsewhere.
Kylie explains the solutions and the industry’s failure to act. They also talk about Sale and Warragul tracks where there have been three deaths and more than 4,000 injuries.
Traralgon's J-curve greyhound track, which was specially designed to improve animal safety, had the most injuries in Victoria last year and the fifth highest in the country, an animal welfare organisation has said.
Coalition for Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field said the track recorded 386 injuries last year and that another 63 had occurred this year.
"It is the obligation of Greyhound Racing Victoria and the state government to investigate why these dogs are injured at the level they're being injured in Gippsland," Ms Field said.
Stricter breeding caps are needed to solve the problem of rehoming former racing dogs at the source, animal welfare advocates say. With a shortage of local homes for retired racing dogs, Australia’s greyhounds are increasingly being sent to the US, where they are adopted as pets. But animal rights advocates warn that sending greyhounds overseas is a Band-Aid solution.
Joanne Lee, spokesperson for the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, says Australia’s greyhound racing industry is breeding six times the number of dogs it has the capacity to rehome, and stricter breeding caps should be put in place to stop the problem at its source.
CPG’s Lethal Tracks Report and the GREY2K/CPG survey of Australian views on greyhound racing were cited by Alison Waters, Animal Justice Party candidate in the NSW upper house at the March NSW election.
CPG’s Kylie Field did an extended interview with Radio Illawarra about the proposed new Dapto track. GRNSW’s CEO was also interviewed.
She covered the dog racing industry’s failure to deliver on animal welfare, including its ongoing obsession with building curved tracks (when these kill and injure so many dogs compared to the still problematic but more limited suffering on straight tracks).
Vets in Australia are calling for a “cruel” Greyhound dog breeding technique to be banned.
The act of surgical artificial insemination, which involves removing a dog’s uterus, is widely carried out in the industry. It is banned in many countries in the European Union, but around 80 percent of racing Greyhounds are bred that way in New South Wales.
These claims have been questioned, however Andrea Pollard, president of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, called the procedure “horrific,” adding that arguments in favor of it “don’t stack up.”
Community greyhound rescues are struggling to keep up with the number of dogs coming out of the racing industry, as welfare advocates say a revival of the sport through record online gambling income is driving unsustainable breeding.
Joanne Lee from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds suggested companies such as Ladbrokes, which sponsor several major races, should also donate to the shelters, but she expressed concern there had been little improvement in this rate over the past three years, arguing Western Australia’s industry had a better record of treating seriously injured dogs.
“The dog racing industry should be rehoming all dogs retired each year. The current situation is a disgrace,” she said.
What started as an initiative in the UK between gaming operator Entain and Arena Racing Company (ARC) just over a year ago is getting new legs now. Premier Greyhound Racing (PGR) has signed marketing deals with the country’s other top gaming operators.
Greyhound racing, like horse racing, has had its battles lately. There have been plenty of calls for the practice to be stopped, especially in light of claims of abuse and mistreatment, as well as the discovery of canine graveyards.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, and GREY2K USA Worldwide, a greyhound protection agency, commissioned the survey. https://www.casino.org/news/top-uk-bookmakers-to-promote-greyhound-racing-through-premier-greyhound-racing-deal/
CPG's Joanne Lee talked to Paul Turton about the first dog to die at The Gardens track in Newcastle in 2023. Greyhound Peter Pan, a 20-month-old dog, was euthanised after suffering an injury in the catching pen at the race's end.
Joanne explained that despite a taxpayer-funded $30m safety upgrade plan, 59 dogs died racing in NSW last year and The Gardens was Australia’s second deadliest track. She also said a new survey has revealed that a majority of people oppose dog racing and government funding for it.
Vets want an invasive and painful greyhound breeding technique, which involves removing the uterus, banned across Australia. About 80% of racing greyhounds in NSW are bred using surgical artificial insemination. The Australian Veterinary Association has released a new policy declaring surgical artificial insemination (SAI) “must not be performed in dogs”.
The president of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Andrea Pollard, stated greyhound racing had lost its social licence in Australia because of deaths, injuries and animal welfare issues including SAI. Research commissioned by CPG and the world’s largest greyhound protection agency which is GREY2K USA Worldwide, shows most Australians want greyhound racing banned.
A “horrific” breeding technique used on racing greyhounds will not be banned because it would have a “significant” impact on the industry, the New South Wales government says.
The draft legislation last year included a ban on surgical artificial insemination (SAI) in dogs, but the government “backflipped” and took it out before the final bill was drawn up.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president, Andrea Pollard, described SAI as horrific and said NSW’s removal of the ban was “gutless and failed to respect veterinary science”.
Three-year-old greyhound High Profiler was euthanised by the on-track vet at Sale Greyhound Club on January 2, the first greyhound death of the year, after the canine sustained a fractured hind leg following an incident in the catching pen…
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) director Kylie Field stated the real greyhound death toll would be higher.
“An analysis of Greyhound Racing Victoria data appears to show that more than 20 dogs, injured in their races [in 2022], were later euthanised away from the tracks,” she said.
ABC-TV’s Ruby Cornish interviewed CPG spokesperson Joanne Lee about the NSW dog racing industry’s huge profits due to overseas gambling on racing in this country and the dog deaths on track in NSW.
Prize money for greyhound racing in NSW has close to doubled in the five years since the state government tried to ban the industry, as online gambling markets drive record income from punters who have never watched a race.
Betting agency fees – known as “race field information use fees” – paid to Greyhound Racing NSW increased from $24.5 million in the 2017-18 financial year to $68.8 million in 2021-22, the organisation’s annual reports show, while its sponsorship and rights income increased from zero to $10 million.
Joanne Lee from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said arguments that greyhound racing was a community sport seemed weak when so much of its income came from people who only viewed races as lists of odds on betting websites.
CH7-TV News anchor Mike Amor did a live interview with CPG spokesperson Joanne Lee about the rehoming crisis caused by the Victorian dog racing industry. Joanne said that rates of breeding have been rising.
Joanne Lee says we need to close down the industry, introduce funding for the sanctuaries, increase penalties, rehome every greyhound entering and exiting the industry and reduce breeding. If the government won’t ban this industry, they must guarantee safety measures to reduce the number of deaths and injuries.
Community-run greyhound rescue and foster groups have reached crisis levels amid claims the racing industry is breeding too many dogs before discarding them at “alarming rates”.
The latest Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) annual report reveals about 3000 retired greyhounds found a new home in 2021-22.
But the bulk of that rehoming burden was shouldered by non-profit community groups which, for the fourth year in a row, found more new homes for ex-racing dogs than the industry’s official Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds is calling on the Andrews government to pull funding from the dog racing industry and redirect it to community rescues like Gumtree Greys, Greyt Greys and Amazing Greys.
Two greyhounds have died at The Meadows racetrack sparking concern among animal advocates about the unsafe nature of greyhound tracks.
Stewards’ reports from The Meadows show that in 2022 there were 264 injuries at the track, including 42 major injuries.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) spokeswoman Joanne Lee said the recent deaths exposed critical safety issues on tracks, especially those with turns.
“The deaths at The Meadows show the unsafe nature of greyhound tracks,” she said.
“Young dogs are failing at turns at high speed and suffering agonising injuries. Tower Bell was the seventh Victorian dog in 2022 to die from a broken neck or skull.”
Animal advocates are demanding an urgent review into “government-funded greyhound carnage” after nearly 50 dogs were killed on the track in Victoria last year.
It brings the 2022 death toll to 48 - four more than in 2021. Australia-wide, 167 dogs died last year - including 18 in December alone.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds spokeswoman Joanne Lee said the deaths highlighted that even modernised tracks still kill and injure dogs.
“All forms of greyhound racing are dangerous, no matter what the greyhound racing PR machine says,” she said.
Ms Lee said dogs were often killed due to treatable broken legs, but she claimed the “barbaric” industry wouldn’t spend money because “there’s no guarantee they could compete again”.
Radio ABC Illawarra ran news bulletins about another Illawarra greyhound death - the 58th NSW death and the 165th nationwide this year.
One-year-old Slingshot Lucy fell and suffered a fractured foreleg. She was euthanased by the on-track vet. The race video has been removed.
NSW is the country’s deadliest state, with 11 more dog deaths than Victoria, said CPG’s spokesperson, Joanne Lee.
A nearly two-year-old greyhound, died at Sale Greyhound Track, after sustaining numerous elbow fractures following a fall at the track’s first turn.
The second greyhound death in Gippsland in three days shows there are real safety concerns about the three tracks in the region,” said Kylie Field, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) director.
“Gippsland is now one of the deadliest regions for dog racing in the country; a dozen deaths and 860 injuries are appalling statistics and show that animal welfare is a low priority for the racing industry," she stated.
Greyhound welfare advocates have condemned the racing industry for allowing races to continue during yesterday’s extreme heatwave conditions in South Australia.
Annie Hendley, SA director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said: “A young greyhound was euthanised with a broken leg while racing at Murray Bridge on 16 December. Once again, business is put before animal welfare. We urge GRSA to modernise their heat policy and cancel race meetings held under heatwave conditions.”
A fifth greyhound has died on the Warragul racing track last week from head trauma and hemorrhaging. Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director, Kylie Field says that this incident raises a lot of questions about safety, speed and how much racing dogs are doing, “This is an industry funded by taxpayers.” she said.
Another greyhound has died at the Geelong racetrack, making Geelong the second-deadliest track in Australia behind Shepparton with nine deaths.
Since January 2020, 19 dogs have been killed racing at Geelong and 794 have been injured, prompting Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) director Kylie Field to call for an independent review of the Geelong racetrack.
"The Geelong track is a snapshot of greyhound racing as a whole, 'Most of the deaths at the track this year have been euthanasia for broken legs, with one collapse. Most of the fatal injuries occurred at track turns, and one in the catching pen”.
Geelong's greyhound racing track has been named one of the deadliest in Australia after another animal was killed last week, sparking calls for an independent safety review.
More than 19 greyhounds have died and 794 injured at the Geelong city track since January 2020, with Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director, Kylie Field, claiming the number was a snapshot of the Victorian industry as a whole. “There is no transparency in greyhound racing and no accountability” she stated.
There has been an eighth greyhound death at the Geelong track this year. In a statement, Greyhound Racing Victoria and Geelong Greyhound Racing Club did confirm that a greyhound was euthanised by the on-track vet at Geelong this month.
Director Kylie Field from Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds stated, “The Geelong track is a snapshot of greyhound racing as a whole. Most of the deaths at the track this year have been euthanasia for broken legs, with one collapse. Most of the fatal injuries occurred at track turns, and one in the catching pen”.
Two greyhounds have been killed on Sydney racetracks and a third in Newcastle this week, prompting calls from animal rights activists for action by the industry.
Kylie Field, Director of the Coalition for Protection of Greyhounds, stated the deaths show the dogs are “too easily euthanised with treatable injuries”.
“The government has promised a five-year $30m track safety upgrade program, but this will shortly end with only a fraction spent. The 55 deaths on NSW tracks this year raises questions about the whole program and there has to be an independent review of track safety,” she said.
The Rockhampton track had its third greyhound death this year. The director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Annie Hendley, explains that, after an ankle fracture, the greyhound's owner opted for euthanasia because that is cheaper than the other alternative, treating the dog back to health.
Annie called for the end of greyhound racing as the ultimate solution to prevent these deaths from occurring since the straight tracks also kill. “This is legalized animal cruelty - the 16 dogs being killed, so far, in Queensland this year, and 142 deaths nationwide.”
Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club insists claims of its track being unsafe are completely false, following the death of a fifth greyhound at the Ballarat track this year.
Kylie Field, director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said "Ballarat has been one of the deadliest Australian tracks in recent weeks. [...] Tracks are unsafe, there's no transparency in death and injury data, a rehoming crisis has emerged, over-racing is concerning stewards, and taxpayer-funded track safety upgrades aren't making the tracks safer."
The Ballarat track, one more time, was the stage for death. Four greyhounds died on the track within a six-week period. After being asked if that was only ‘bad luck’ or if there was something fundamentally wrong with the track, the director of CPG, Kylie Field, explained that the dogs died because of a choice their owners made since it would be cheaper to kill them, then to pay for their treatments.
Kylie also said that the Ballarat track should be closed and that Greyhounds Racing Victoria should conduct a diligent investigation as to why four greyhounds were killed on this track.
A greyhound welfare advocacy group is calling for an independent review at Shepparton’s dog race track. Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director, Kylie Field said:
“We’re really, really disturbed by this, Shepparton is clearly a very, very unsafe greyhound racing track. Last year they had one death, and now it’s had nine this year alone and we’re not even at the end of the year yet.”
A second greyhound death at Wentworth Park has increased calls for racing to move to a straight track as the dangers to the dogs are laid bare in the new photographs. WARNING: Graphic pictures.
Wendy has fostered more than 20 greyhounds in her life since moving to Australia and currently lives with four of them. Wendy also volunteers with Gumtree Greys, which is a rescue charity that finds loving homes for vulnerable greyhounds. Wendy says “whether it’s fostering or adopting, I would encourage everyone to get involved with owning a greyhound, like all dogs, greyhounds just want to enjoy life”.
This story was placed by CPG, as part of a series, in order to help greyhound rescues across Australia find volunteers.
The NSW government has decided to overturn the proposed ban on a painful procedure that is outlawed overseas and not recommended in Australia by the RSPCA.
Surgical artificial insemination (SAI) is used to impregnate dogs through a painful and potentially dangerous surgical process. The risks and discomfort associated with undertaking surgical artificial insemination are unnecessary with trans-cervical artificial insemination now available
IA’s report states that 37 dogs died in 2022 on the qualifying tracks for the MDC. In total, 124 dogs have died over the past three years, and there’s been a reported 3,700 dog injuries.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) reported nine Greyhounds collapsing right after their races. Another concerning aspect is the exploitative breeding of racing Greyhounds. Right now, the industry overbreeds the dogs, not only harming the pregnant dogs but also leaving tons of puppies without homes. As a result, nonprofit rescues take on the burden instead.
A large gathering of greyhound welfare advocates staged a protest before the race condemning the racing industry for its unsafe racetracks, greyhound rehoming crisis and live baiting and drug allegations. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has been tracking the racing frequency of dogs in Victoria, where stewards regularly show concern for how many times dogs are raced.
The Coalition of the Protection of Greyhounds would like to recognise seniors who have opened their homes and hearts to fostering gentle Greyhounds straight from the racing industry.
Right now there’s an urgent need for greyhound foster carers. The greyhound racing industry is responsible for continued over-breeding of these dogs which no longer have a home after their career has ended. While the owners may think older pups have no value, our foster carers beg to disagree.
The latest death of a young greyhound at Grafton yesterday has sparked calls for an independent review of Australia’s new and rebuilt taxpayer-funded racetracks.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says that what the report doesn’t say is that Lord Ability would have turned two years old the next day (26 September). It was only his second race. His career lasted 25 seconds.
The Western Australian state government ‘talks the talk’ about animal welfare, but it’s yet to ‘walk the walk’ on the issue. What the Western Australian government needs to understand is how far behind public sentiment it is lagging.
Research from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has revealed that the Australian dog racing industry has flatlined for the last three years on re-homing its dogs, yet the industry’s turnover has spiked due to Covid-era punting.
CPG Director Annie Hendley was interviewed regarding the latest greyhound death at the Capalaba racetrack. Three-year-old Sako Outlaw collided with another dog and fell. He sustained a fractured lumbar vertebra and was euthanised by the on-track industry vet.
Australian politicians and their canine friends have come out against Greyhound racing to mark Dogs in Politics Day on the 23rd of September.
Kylie Field, Director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds stated, “Many politicians who support greyhound racing will promote images of themselves and their dogs on Dogs in Politics Day. With three Greyhounds dying on tracks every week, that hypocrisy hurts. We applaud those politicians who stood up for Greyhounds on Dogs in Politics Day 2022.”
South Australia’s greyhound racing industry is under fire after two dogs were euthanised, in just a matter of days, after racing at the Angle Park track.
CPG’s SA spokesperson Elle Trahair says the track's safety standards need to undergo an independent check. There were 10 greyhound deaths and more than 300 injuries on this track which underwent a $3M safety improvements only one year ago.
Another call has been made for racing to stop at the Traralgon track after a greyhound died from the J-curve track. Desley was the fourth greyhound that has died on this track since it opened in January this year.
Kylie Field from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said “the government needs to close the track until there has been an investigation into why dog deaths were persisting”.
Greyhound welfare advocates have renewed their calls for the government to stop funding the racing industry following the latest death of a greyhound in Healesville. The two-year-old greyhound was euthanised after an incident in the catching pen.
Coalition Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field believes all racing tracks are unsafe…
A fourth greyhound has died at the Traralgon dog racing track since the new $5M ‘j-curve’ course was opened in January 2022. It was designed to improve animal safety standards.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds stated that the death has made Traralgon the third deadliest greyhound track in Victoria. CPG director Kylie Field stated the new ‘j-curve’ track was still resulting in catastrophic injuries, despite claims that it was state of the art.
“This track opened in January with a lot of fanfare. The state government likes to say that it puts animal welfare at the forefront of greyhound racing, but it’s just smoke and mirrors,” Ms Field said.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Annie Hendley was interviewed by Radio Rockhampton ABC’s host Adam Stephen. Three-year-old Dwarshuis collapsed and died after finishing Race 5, having suffered a cardiac episode. There are no regulated minimum or maximum race limits causing these dogs to feel exhausted and suffer dire consequences.
CPG director Annie Hendley and Padma talk about measures to mitigate greyhound suffering and killing, while racing is not banned: track their whole life, reduce breeding, increase the penalties and fines, ban curved tracks, and allow only six dogs in each race, instead of eight.
Greyhound activists have hit out at the lack of action to improve animal safety, as deaths at the notorious Beckley Park track continue to rise.
Kylie Field from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said despite numerous promises, nothing has been done to fix the heartbreaking problem."Dogs are dying on this track all the time, and there's no regulation by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) on this."
Calls for more regulation for the greyhound racing industry as more greyhounds are dying on the tracks as well as adoption numbers dropping.The Geelong track has had seven deaths this year.
Bec Lee interviewed Kylie Field from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds who said that there is no regulation or investigation by Greyhound Racing Victoria into why so many dogs are dying on this track.
CPG was interviewed regarding the research update it has released on greyhound rehoming. CPG estimates, the national rate of greyhound breeding in 2020–21 was about six times the national racing industry’s capacity to rehome these dogs via its official adoption programs.
The rehoming of Australian racing industry dogs has flatlined in the last three years, according to research by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds. The national rate of greyhound breeding in 2020–21 was about six times the racing industry’s capacity to rehome them via its official adoption programs, the CPG estimates. “This means the racing industry will continue to fail miserably in convincing the community it has reformed,” the report said..
South Australia's greyhound racing industry was shocked after a trainer was suspended amid suspicion of live baiting. Greyhound Racing SA CEO Bodelle Francis said the organisation was "absolutely disgusted and appalled by the potential allegations of live baiting"."It is certainly not a practice that we accept or condone here in this state," Francis stated.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field has raised concerns. “Inspecting a greyhound facility once every 12 months is enough time for some pretty sinister behaviour to occur," Field said. No timeline has been placed on the investigation.
The death of racing greyhound in Rockhampton has put the sport back under the spotlight. According to the stewards’ report for Rockhampton , three-year-old Dwarshuis collapsed and died after finishing Race 5, having suffered a cardiac episode.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhound Queensland Director, Racing Minister Annie Hendley is demanding for the sport to be banned...
CPG’s Director Kylie Field was interviewed regarding the greyhound death at the Nowra track. Dana Leo collided with another dog during a race and sustained a compound fracture to the nearside radius. She was later euthanized by the on track vet.
The debate over greyhound racing has fired up again with the announcement this week that more than $6 million will be spent upgrading the Goulburn Greyhound Racing Track to a “state-of-the-art” level.
But the director at the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), Kylie Field, told Region the Goulburn proposal was little short of “disgusting”.
“What they’re doing is using $6 million of taxpayers’ money for a dog-killing track,” she said. “This is government-sanctioned animal abuse.”
Calls to Ban Greyhound Racing Continue
“Right now, they’re responsible for every pup that disappears before it’s entered on the tracking system, every dog sent interstate which is quietly disposed of and every dog retired by an owner or trainer to a third party, who isn’t a real adopter – just a dumping point – as Gracie’s story demonstrates.”
The full-page ad by Tasracing (The Examiner, July 16) is pure propaganda and misleading to readers.
“Tasracing is committed to promoting the highest possible standards of health, safety and happiness of greyhounds”. Seriously?...
… The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ Lethal Tracks report shows 12 greyhounds were killed and 230 were injured on Tasmanian tracks in 2020…
A new report has revealed that 78 greyhounds have been killed on racetracks in the first half of 2022, thus proving that the regulations in the industry are clearly not going far enough to keep animals safe.
According to a new report from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), 78 racing deaths and 5091 racing injuries were recorded between January and June 2022, resulting in an average of one dog dying every 2.3 days. And those are just the statistics for the injuries and deaths on the track itself.
Almost 80 greyhounds killed on Australian racetracks in the first half of 2022, report says.
There have been 78 greyhounds killed and more than 5,000 injured on Australian racetracks in the first half of 2022, a report from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has revealed.
Analysing stewards’ reports of every race meeting, the group found on average, one greyhound died on a racetrack every 2.3 days, while 5,091 have been injured this year – an average of 28 dogs every day…
In 2016 then NSW premier Mike Baird announced an end to greyhound racing in the state. Today the industry thrives on tens of millions of taxpayer handouts and continues to slaughter dogs in their thousands. [...]
The Coalition for the Greyhounds (CPG) has done a stocktake of the recommendations, and progress in most key areas has been risible.
Three-year-old greyhound Ollie fell away from the pack late in the eighth race on Saturday night, only to collapse and ultimately die on the track.
Advocacy group Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds CPG has called for the defunding of the Victorian greyhound racing industry after the death of another dog at Geelong's Beckley Park.
"Greyhound racing is cruel and brutal and state governments shouldn't be using taxpayer funds to support an industry that is harming greyhounds on a massive scale," said CPG director Kylie Field.
CPG Director Annie Hendley was interviewed regarding the lack of mandatory welfare reporting when it comes to greyhound racing in South Australia. Unlike in other states, unless the greyhounds are euthanized by an on-track vet, there is no other mandatory reporting that needs to take place. Annie also discussed the proposed new bill from Greens MLC Tammy Franks that could soon change the situation. (7 mins 20 secs)
Three year old greyhound Ollie collapsed and died during his race, according to the stewards' report.
Ollie is the seventh greyhound to die at the Geelong track this year, ahead of Ipswich which has five deaths.
“Greyhound racing is cruel and brutal and state governments shouldn’t be using taxpayer funds to support an industry that is harming greyhounds on a massive scale,” said Kylie Field, director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
A spate of major injuries on West Australian greyhound racing tracks has sparked a further push to ban the practice, with a recent petition garnering more than 6000 signatures and counting…
…The Lethal Tracks report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds showed there were 828 injuries recorded in WA last year, with injuries this year on a similar track so far at 409…
Emma Siossian and Indiana Hansen
Some six years after a Special Commission of Inquiry into the New South Wales greyhound racing industry, a new e-tracking system has been launched to monitor the location and welfare of the animal.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field said the new initiative was simply "smoke and mirrors" and no amount of safety initiatives could make greyhound racing safer, as it was inherently dangerous for dogs, "Is the whole litter monitored, or are we only talking about the dogs that end up racing? How many of these pups are killed because they are discarded as a worthless commodity?", questioned Ms. Field.
The Greens leader in Tasmania, Cassy O’Connor, has tabled a petition in that state’s parliament calling for an end to government subsidies for the greyhound industry…
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds – which is backing the petition – has detailed 64 deaths of greyhounds on Australian racing tracks this year, and 4573 injuries. There were 213 greyhound deaths from racing in 2021.
During Animal Rights Awareness Week (12-18 June 2022) the focus is on advocating for the humane treatment of animals, including pets, farm animals as well as wildlife. It also aims to bring more awareness to the plight of animals used for medical research and testing.
Some foster carers actually redress the balance when animals haven’t received humane treatment by helping to restore them to good health. But how do they get involved in such a journey? Fiona Chisholm from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds investigated and shared one of those "happy endings" stories with us.
“Fostering is the perfect compromise between having a dog, but not having long term responsibilities.” says foster carer Moyra Pepe, who has always loved dogs and really missed having one in her life.
On behalf of Melbourne’s Gumtree Greys, CPG director Annie Hendley discusses the recent law reform in Victoria that will likely lead to more greyhound euthanasias while reiterating the desperate need for foster carers.
She also talks about the recent CPG survey that has shown the poor conditions in which greyhounds arrive at community-run greyhound rescues.
“There is clearly a need to improve standards,” she says.
With National Foster A Pet Month in June, it is wonderful to know that there are some people out there who help ensure fewer Greyhounds are euthanised because they weren't treated for racing injuries…
…CPG’s white paper on rehoming shows about 10 percent of dogs entering GAP Victoria are euthanased, but the data is not verified by an independent regulator, so this figure could be higher.
“All GAPs euthanase Greyhounds deemed to be unsuitable for rehoming, whereas community rehoming groups are no-kill. So why is there such a disparity in approach? As usual, it’s about money, not love, when it comes to the Greyhound racing industry,” said Julia.
Greyhounds in Australia are still leaving the racing industry in neglected condition with signs of deteriorated teeth, improper grooming and broken limbs, advocates say, four years after the Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) was established in 2018.
The new survey by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) involved 18 responses from leaders of community-run greyhound rescue groups in Australia. It found that most dogs arriving at kennels were in poor condition and that some were unable to walk up or down stairs, had untreated wounds from track racing and weren’t socialised for rehoming.
The calls to ban greyhound dog racing have intensified after a third dog has been euthanised in only eight days…
Greyhound Racing NSW chief veterinary officer Liz Arnott said that the new tracks would make racing safer for greyhounds as they are straighter with minimal bends to eliminate the possibility of injury.
But Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Annie Hendley said that the government’s hefty investment should be spent on rehabilitation for racing dogs.
Last month four-year-old greyhound Catch Them Cutie competed in her last race – but she never made it across finish line.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Annie Hendley said the injuries ranged from broken necks and spines, to snapped legs.
"It just makes me feel sick. It's very upsetting," she said.
The putting down of a Winnellie Park greyhound which fell during a recent race highlights a lack of progress in implementing recommendations from a “damning” investigation into the sport, an animal welfare group says.
Two-year-old My Shout Jess was put down after she fell in the back straight during a race on May 4.
The greyhound sustained “bilateral hind leg paresis” and was put down by the on-track vet, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds NT director Annie Hendley said.
My Shout Jess was the first greyhound to die at Winnellie Park this year while 20 dogs have been injured while racing in the NT in 2022 alone, Ms Hendley said
A national survey involving a Central Coast-based rescuer has pointed to flaws in the greyhound racing industry’s rehoming procedure for retired dogs.
The survey was conducted by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) and involved 28 Australian community-run rescue charities who gather retired dogs from state greyhound racing bodies and help find them new homes.
According to its findings, many dogs handed over to the charities were in a neglected condition below the standard of welfare codes and often unprepared for the socialisation test that determines whether they can be rehomed or will be euthanised.
A recent greyhound death at Winnellie Park has reignited calls to improve animal welfare in the Northern Territory.
Two-year-old dog, My Shout Jess fell while running down the back straight after sudden paralysis of both hind legs on May 4, 2022.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says the death highlights the dangers on racetracks and a lack of action towards improving animal welfare.
NT Director Annie Hendley says My Shout Jess is captured on the race video “collapsing in agony as her back legs crumble.”
(Note: Annie Hendley was also interviewed by Krystal Gordon from the above mentioned radio station to discuss the matter during the news bulletin)
More than 50 greyhounds have died on the racetrack this year alone, while nearly 3,400 have been injured.
Advocacy group the Greyhound Coalition said racetrack deaths had surpassed 50 after six dogs lost their lives over the last week, bringing the death toll to 53 as of Monday.
“Australian racetracks are deadly for greyhounds, and death and injury are inevitable, said director Kylie Field in a statement.
“A broken leg shouldn’t be a death sentence, but it is if you’re a greyhound that can’t earn revenue,” she said. “In the racing industry, business is put before animal welfare — and greyhounds lose.”
It’s an unexpected match made in heaven, but retirees hoping to give their time to a good cause could find one in a four-legged friend looking for a home.
CPG (the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds) is a dedicated group of volunteers across Australia who work together to inform the public about the cruelties of dog racing – FB, web, Insta, media coverage
Retired nurse Annie is one of CPG’s amazingly enthusiastic volunteers. She’s a media spokesperson for the group and is often busy doing radio and newspaper interviews. Her love affair with Greyhounds started long ago.
CPG’s Victorian state director Julia Cockram was interviewed regarding CPG’s new national survey of community-run greyhound rescue groups. It shows the racing industry hands over most of its dogs in a neglected condition, despite industry regulations requiring minimum standards of care.
Julia also said the GAPs, which are state-based racing industry rehoming programs, euthanise a lot of dogs that are otherwise healthy because owners have failed to socialise them and because of unrealistic criteria.
Further, most owners are unwilling to pay for vet bills to treat racing injuries, so opt to euthanize greyhounds instead.
A greyhound was killed at the Gawler Greyhound Club racetrack after breaking his leg while racing. The dog’s death is the fifth this year at South Australian racetracks.
“King Kairo is the latest victim of South Australia’s unsafe racetracks and a callous industry that cares little for dogs’ lives,” said Annie Hendley, SA director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
“Curved racetracks are deadly. If the industry was serious about animal welfare, they’d conduct all racing at the straight track at Murray Bridge,” she stated.
Protesters calling for a statewide ban on greyhound racing rallied outside Beckley Park on Friday night before the Geelong Gold Cup final…
“The Victorian government prides itself on its animal welfare record, but reveals itself to be hypocrites as long as greyhound racing continues, propped up by taxpayer funds.” Director of the Coalition for Protection of Greyhounds Kylie Field said Victoria was at the centre of greyhound suffering.
“Greyhound racing is brutal and kills hundreds of these beautiful dogs every year, and must be banned,” Ms Field said. The protesters and Mr Meddick are calling on the state government to go to the November election implementing a total ban on the industry.
Eye Liner and Snoozy Sioux were euthanised on site at Gosford racetrack, Friday April 8, the former losing footing at the turn and the latter colliding with another greyhound.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) point to a total of 46 greyhound deaths this year in Australia, 11 in NSW and 3 in Gosford, taking their figures from Stewards reports by the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission (GWIC).
To cut to the chase, #WTAF??
The Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission, as you know, is a government body whose charter is exactly what it says on the can, to ensure in this poxy industry – please don’t call it a sport – the welfare of the greyhounds and the integrity of the industry.
And yes, you’re damn right, doing such a thing is almost a Sisyphean task for those involved when the very nature of the whole thing is putting enormous resources into getting animals to run fast so mug punters can waste their money in the ludicrous belief they might come out in front. The integrity in that? I can’t see it, when the whole industry, like horse racing, is built on mugs blowing their dough. As to welfare, you have to be kidding…
April is nearly here and to celebrate Adopt-a-Greyhound Month, we asked Sue Skelsey and Fiona Chisholm from the Coalition for Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) to look into the issues around Greyhound socialisation.
The RSPCA says one of the most common misconceptions about animal socialisation is that people believe this means their pets will be able to interact happily with other animals or people. While this would be great, a well socialised dog doesn’t necessarily mean this
It just means that they are able to cope with unfamiliar situations – normally by focusing on their human companion for a guide on how they should react…
Four greyhounds have died at Ipswich this month alone, prompting renewed calls for the Queensland government to reconsider spending $40 million on a 'state of the art' racing complex for the region…
A Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds spokesman said the recent Ipswich death followed that of Final Assassin, who suffered a shattered hind leg on March 8.
Director of the welfare advocacy group Kylie Field said the recent deaths had only increased growing opposition to the proposed Greater Brisbane Greyhound Centre.
"Greyhound racing kills, it's as simple as that," she said.
(Included video: Greyhound euthanised after running on broken leg at Ipswich)
Bundaberg’s first greyhound death of 2022
Slick Velvet collided with another dog in the first turn and both fell, with the race video showing Slick Velvet crashing into the outside fence. Sustaining a fractured foreleg, she was euthanased by the on-track vet.
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Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field was interviewed regarding Two Special Bill, a greyhound that was euthanized at the Ipswich track. Two Special Bill collided with another dog at the home turn and suffered a compound fracture.
Ipswich’s animal protection groups have joined forces to oppose Racing Queensland’s plans for a new, publicly-funded greyhound racetrack.
Animal Liberation Queensland (ALQ), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Animal Welfare League Queensland, and Animal Liberation took part in a protest near the proposed site at Purga on Saturday.
Ballarat greyhound racing has recorded its first fatality of 2022 after a two-year-old dog was euthanised after the third race on Monday afternoon.
According to the stewards report, two-year-old Cruickshank collided with several other dogs then fell at the first turn, suffering a fractured foreleg and had to be euthanised on track by a vet.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field said the death of Cruickshank showed the brutality of greyhound racing and its tracks.
A greyhound was killed at Adelaide’s Angle Park track after breaking her leg while racing. This is the fourth greyhound to die this year at South Australian race tracks and the sixth death at Greyhound Racing South Australia’s flagship Angle Park track since it underwent a $3M ‘safety upgrade’ late last year.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said that the SA Racing Minister, Corey Wingard, and Greyhound Racing South Australia could no longer ignore the ongoing deaths at the state’s premier track.
Director of CPG, Kylie Field said “How much more proof do we need that greyhound race tracks are dangerous and can’t be made safe? Six poor dogs have been killed since Angle Park’s multimillion dollar upgrade”
In this week’s Speaker’s Corner, Free the Hounds president Mel Harrison says dogs continue to race on tracks hardened by sweltering weather.
The recent WA heatwave has been tough on everyone, but many West Australians would be unaware of the impact the weather has had on the racetracks that our greyhounds run on at Cannington and Mandurah.
Most tellingly, Cannington has earned second place nationally for track-related injuries suffered by racing greyhounds in 2021, according to the yearly report Lethal Tracks, just released by the Coalition for Protection of Greyhounds.
Wentworth Park at Glebe has registered a second greyhound death this year as a sickening collision at the racecourse has increased calls for racing to move to a straight track.
On March 5, Vera – a two-year old greyhound who had racked up almost $10,000 in prize money – collided at breakneck speed at the first corner and suffered a gruesome compound fracture to the leg. The dog was euthanised that night.
"Greyhound racing is a deadly industry and the tracks are antiquated," Kylie Field, director of Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), said.
Director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Kylie Field was interviewed regarding the death of a greyhound on the Gosford track.
Kiss Kiss fell down after galloping behind another greyhound, Bugatti Fierce. Kiss Kiss sustained a fracture and had to be euthanized.
The Greens support calls from Let Greyhounds Run Free, GREAT, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds and the Dog Walking Club of Tasmania for the new Racing Minister to release the report into the tragic death of Tah Bernard.
The death of 18 month old greyhound, Tah Bernard, at a Mowbray vet sparked distressing eyewitness allegations of animal cruelty levelled at high profile trainer, Anthony Bullock.
February 23, 2022 - City Hub Online (NSW)
February 21, 2022 - Hills To Hawkesbury Community news (NSW)
Animal Justice MP Calls For Ban On Greyhound Racing
Richmond Racing Club was Australia’s deadliest greyhound racing track in 2021, recording 10 deaths and 572 injuries, according to data collated by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
Richmond’s 2021 injury tally of 572 is more than the combined total of the second and third worst tracks in the state (The Gardens, 295 and Wentworth Park, 228), with its death toll of 10 narrowly topping tracks in South Australia (Murray Bridge) and Queensland (Albion Park), each recording 9 deaths.
CPG Director Kylie Field was interviewed regarding the death of Kiss Kiss, a greyhound who recently died at the Gosford track in NSW.
Kiss Kiss collided with another dog, Bugatti Fierce, and sustained a fracture. The greyhound was then euthanized.
February 17, 2022 - ABC News Online (VIC)
Greyhound death at new Traralgon track prompts questions about safety
The death of a dog on a unique, taxpayer-funded greyhound racing track just one month after it opened has raised concerns about the design of the track.
Racing dog Starship Venus was euthanased last Friday night after a collision on Traralgon's new J-curve track...
Director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Kylie Field said the best way to minimise dog deaths was to ban the sport.
A greyhound was killed at Adelaide’s Angle Park racetrack on Monday after breaking his leg while racing. The dog’s death is the third greyhound death this year at South Australian racetracks and the fifth death at Greyhound Racing South Australia’s flagship Angle Park track since it underwent a $3 million ‘safety upgrade’ late last year…
“Millions of dollars have been spent in a vain attempt to make Angle Park safe. We have now seen five dogs killed and more than 100 injured,” said Kylie Field, a director at the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
CPG Director Kylie Field was interviewed regarding the first greyhound death within the first month of operation at the so-called flagship Traralgon track that cost six million dollars to build.
A greyhound death at a Tasmanian track in Hobart last Thursday (February 3) is the state's first of the year. In right to information, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds found 15 racing dogs were killed in the state last year, and 12 in 2020.
The group's Natasha Langridge says injured dogs are 'put down' by trainers because their view of the animals is different to pet owners. "They see these dogs as a commodity, they don't see them the same way that you or I do as our pets, as our family members, they see a dog that has an injury that will potentially cost a large amount of money."
It’s beyond time Tasmania banned the state-funded cruelty that is dog racing, writes Andrew Wilkie. Animal lovers were understandably appalled recently when two young dogs were killed and four injured in a single night on an Australian greyhound racing track.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ lethal tracks report shows 12 greyhounds were killed and 230 injured on Tasmanian tracks in 2020. Last year there were 15 deaths (seven in Hobart, four in Devonport and four in Launceston) and 367 injuries.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has accused Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) of using "marketing spin" and "glossy reports" to hide an increase in greyhound deaths after on-track injuries.
Two dogs were put down in the space of a week last month.
On January 24, Naughty Miss had to be euthanised after sustaining a right tibia and fibula fracture and three days later Twin Pick was put down after suffering a severe right hock fracture.
Kylie Field, director at the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, has demanded an "independent investigation" into why four dogs have died since the racetrack reopened in August 2021.
She slammed the racing industry as "horrific".
Animal welfare groups fear their concerns will be ignored in a review of Tasmania's racing industry…
The Tasmanian Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has also lodged a submission and is meeting with the reviewer this week but has voiced concern it would fail to deliver on improvements to animal welfare.
Director Natasha Langridge said any new framework to improve the integrity of the industry should include a committee with members from outside racing, to ensure welfare groups and veterinarians have input on policies and industry standards.
"We need to move away from only corporate, Tasracing industry participants having a say [about] welfare, it needs to be animal welfare groups, veterinarians … to hold the racing industry accountable."
Started in 2013 to show further appreciation for pets, Love Your Pet Day will be observed worldwide on 20th February 2022.
To celebrate this special day, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) asked Greyhound owners who also have other kinds of pets to share their stories with us. What we were told was both heartwarming and inspiring.
While hundreds of Greyhounds cohabit harmoniously with other breeds of dog, including small ones such as Chihuahuas, CPG also heard from many people about Greyhounds living happily with other species, especially cats.
A greyhound was killed at Adelaide’s Angle Park racetrack last night after breaking its leg while racing. The dog’s death is the second greyhound racetrack death for the year in South Australia, and the fourth death at Greyhound Racing South Australia’s flagship Angle Park track since it underwent a $3 million ‘safety upgrade’ late last year.
Kylie Field, a director with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said: “Millions of dollars have been spent to supposedly make Angle Park safe. This has seen three dogs killed and more than 100 injured. No amount of marketing spin and glossy reports can hide those distressing facts.”
“GRSA also has to review its euthanasia policy. Too many dogs are being killed with treatable leg injuries – they’re considered mere disposable commodities that aren’t worth the cost of rehabilitation,” Ms. Field added.
January 25, 2022 - Bay 93.9 (VIC)
Greyhound Deaths Trigger New Ban Calls
There are renewed calls for a ban on greyhound racing in Victoria after the deaths of three animals in the last three weeks, including one at Geelong's Beckley Park.
Star Ability was put down by on-course vets after suffering a broken leg during a race on January 14, the sixth dog to die at the track since January 2021.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says 87% of all racing deaths are euthanasias resulting from leg fractures.
77% of greyhound deaths in 2021 resulted from injuries on track turns, which out enormous pressure on the legs and paws.
January 24, 2022 - The Herald Sun (VIC)
Alarm Over Greyhound Deaths
A Geelong greyhound has become the third to die in Victoria after a race injury this year.
Two year old Star Ability fell heavily while racing at Geelong on January 14 and broke a foreleg.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Annie Hendley said 7 percent of racing fatalities happened after incidents at turns and 86 percent of greyhounds killed were put down for leg fractures.
“It’s been a grim start to the year for greyhounds in Victoria,” Ms Hendley said.
Interview with Dr Rosemary Elliott from Sentient, the Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics.
She discussed the death of Knocka Bott, who collapsed and died before his race at Shepparton on 17 January. Six other dogs were injured at the race meeting, two of them seriously.
Three other greyhounds have been killed racing in Victoria this year.
January 20, 2022 - The Launceston Advertiser (TAS) ; Bendigo Advertiser (NSW)
Six greyhounds were euthanased in Tasmania in the days after suffering a serious race injury last year - in addition to the dogs euthanased at the tracks themselves - prompting calls for greater transparency in the release of the information.
Several greyhound welfare groups, along with the Tasmanian Greens, applied for the data under Right to Information and were provided with the details of the incidents with six dying, eight returning to racing and six being retired in 2021.
The greyhound names could then be cross-referenced with stewards reports to identify the time between the injury and being euthanased. Among them was All Yap, who suffered ligament damage in a race at Hobart on January 7, and was euthanased four days later after a second vet opinion.
January 11, 2022- In Daily Adelaide (SA)
Mandatory Reporting Push For Greyhound Industry Loses Support
A political push to mandate reporting requirements for the state’s greyhound industry appears to be losing support, as the sector insists improved self-regulation has rendered legislation unnecessary.
CPG director Annie Hendley told InDaily the 79 greyhounds euthanised in the last financial year, as well as 44 deaths from natural causes, were concerning.
“Community-run rescues don’t euthanise unless a dog is terminally ill or suffering badly, so once again the dog racing industry has shown it’s too lazy to socialise its dogs so they have a future after they stop racing,” she said.
“What makes this even worse is that GRSA also reported returns to the SA racing industry that were the highest on record.”
December 22, 2021- Townsville Bulletin (QLD)
Two Dogs Killed, Four Injured and Six Scrapped In Night At Townsville Greyhound Racing
December 21, 2021- Junkee Online
Brands Have Called Out Channel 7 For Airing Their Ads During a Greyhound Racing Show
A number of big brands have called out the Seven Network after their ads appeared during a greyhound racing show on 7two over the last two months.
Thrill of the Chase — a seven-part TV series produced by Sports Entertainment Network and Greyhound Racing Victoria — aired nationwide on the network between November 21 and December 19 this year.
“Major brands are rejecting any association with greyhound racing because they realise most Australian consumers oppose this cruel industry. Thrill of the Chase is pure fantasy that sanitises the animal suffering that occurs every day on Australia’s racetracks. It’s unreality TV,” Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Annie Hendley said in a statement provided to Junkee.
December 16, 2021- The Mercury (TAS)
Taxpayer- Funded Cruelty
Most Tasmanians would be angered their taxes subsidise the greyhound industry by millions of dollars yearly. In 2015 the ABC’s Four Corners program revealed live baiting, showing terrified cats, rabbits and piglets being strapped in a mechanical lure which moves at high speed around the racetrack to train greyhounds. Reports of doping, mass graves and cruel handling have been exposed around Australia, while greyhounds continue to be euthanised.
The Greens with the support of Let the Greyhounds Run Free, The Coalition for The Protection of Greyhounds and other canine groups have joined to stop the government using taxpayers’ funds to support the industry.
December 14, 2021- The Echo (QLD)
Young Greyhound Becomes Seventh Dog To Die On A Local Track in 2021
The death of another young greyhound at the Grafton track has highlighted the growing NSW death toll and the mounting opposition to the proposed new Tweed racetrack, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
‘2021 has been a shocking year for greyhounds in NSW and the death toll keeps climbing,’ said Annie Hendley, director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
‘While racetracks are being closed around the world, the NSW Government is pouring public money into a dog-killing industry.
‘Mr Dynamic was only 21 months old and was killed in his eighth race. Just another greyhound euthanased with a leg injury,’ said Annie Hendley, director, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
The campaign manager for Animal Liberation NSW Lisa Ryan was interviewed regarding the proposed greyhound retirement facility.
The NSW’s greyhound racing industry have submitted an application to develop a facility to house 400 dogs. Animal welfare groups rejected the idea as it is basically a warehousing of dogs. Animal Lib and CPG would rather see the money go to private volunteer organizations (6 mins 29 secs)
The death of a young greyhound at the Gawler track on Wednesday has taken this year’s SA death toll past that of 2020 and highlighted the easy euthanasia of greyhounds.
- According to the stewards’ report for Gawler for 8 December 2021, in Race 12 22-month old Pulya collided with another dog at the home turn and slowed down.
- Pulya finished the race less than a second after the last dog. He was diagnosed with a fractured/dislocated wrist and was euthanased by the on-track vet. The race video shows him running across the finish.
- His is the sixth dog to die at the Gawler track this year, four more than in 2020.
- During 2021, races were transferred to Murray Bridge and Gawler while Angle Park underwent renovation. 15 greyhounds have been killed at Gawler and Murray Bridge in 2021.
Dog Days Should Be Over
Held last Friday evening at a place called Sandown, they call it the “TAB Melbourne Cup” and is touted – get this – as “the world’s greatest greyhound race.” (A little like world’s greatest venereal disease in my view, but there you go.)
The winning dog’s owner and trainer got no less than $500,000 in prizemoney – big bucks in an industry that generates millions from pockets of mug punters who blow their dough. Great, yes?
For an injury like Rebellious has - a simple fracture - it costs about $4000 to treat. But a euthanasia drug to kill the dog and spare all the trouble?
A greyhound death has occured at Horsham Greyhound track on Monday, November 8, the second greyhound to die in Horsham this year.
Winlock Mungo collided with another dog at the first turn and was euthanized by the on-track vet after sustaining a stifled knee injury.
Coalition of the Protection of Greyhounds director Annie Hendley said the majority of greyhound injuries occur in the curve of racing tracks.
“What should be done is having greyhounds running on straight tracks,” she said.
CPG’s director Annie Hendley was interviewed regarding the greyhound deaths in Tasmania and the State Government’s decision to build a new racing track in the Latrobe region. Annie explained why CPG, as well as the local residents, do not agree with the decision to build a new track in the Latrobe region. Later on, Annie talked more in-depth about injuries and deaths in the racing industry. (8 mins 23 secs)
CPG’s Victorian state director Julia Cockram was interviewed regarding the greyhound Melbourne Cup and its upcoming final. The first dog has already died - Rebellious suffered a fractured hock and was euthanased after a stand down day. Julia also talked about the post racing adoption programs available. (9 mins 35 secs)
CPG’s Annie Hendley was interviewed regarding a young greyhound that was killed at Lismore. Cracking Agent is the sixth Northern River dog to die in 2021. He collided with another dog, suffered a fracture and was euthanased by the on-track vet.
Dog Race Death Claims
Two greyhounds have died as a result of racing injuries only months after a $2.8m safety redevelopment was completed at Angle Park racetrack, an animal welfare group claims.
Since the redevelopment was completed at Angle Park in late August, two dogs were euthanased as a result of injuries sustained on-track, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
A Staggering Number Of Greyhounds Have Died On The Track This Year
A new report from The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has revealed that 150 greyhounds have died on the track this year, a tragic reminder that the racing industry thrives on the torture of innocent animals.
In essence, the report makes clear what so many already realise — that it is high time to ban greyhound racing in Australia.
In an incredibly upsetting milestone, more than 150 greyhounds have officially been killed in races this year in Australia.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), an org dedicated to banning “greyhound suffering”, analysed industry steward reports to find that over the course of 2021, a whopping 153 dogs have been killed and 8799 injured.
Despite the state government spending $50 million over six years to address animal cruelty in the greyhound industry, there are competing claims on what’s been achieved, with more than 170 trainers found guilty in the past two years and one banned for life.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds national president Dennis Anderson said animal cruelty was being too lightly penalised and multiple penalties were often served concurrently.
“We’ve got concerns about the leniency of the penalties,” Mr Anderson said. “Refusing to provide veterinary treatment for a dog, for instance, should be a lifetime ban.”
Calls for a ban on greyhound racing are growing louder, after three dogs died in Bundaberg in the span of a week.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Queensland Director Annie Hendley is calling for the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club to be shut down or for the sport moved to a safer track.
"Racetracks are lethal for greyhounds. These two dogs died a typical racing greyhound death, being euthanised with a leg injury suffered on a curved track," Ms Hendley says.
Two More Deaths Spark Dogs Ban Call
THE Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds has renewed calls for a ban on greyhound racing after two more deaths on Bundaberg tracks.
According to a stewards‘ report, two-year-old Mum’s The One and veteran dog Amby’s Dream were both euthanised by the on-track vet on November 1.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says the latest deaths make Bundaberg’s greyhound track the second deadliest in the nation.
Tweed’s Greyhound Mega Track An ‘Economic Disaster’
There are so many people opposed to the prospect of having a greyhound track in the Tweed area, it’s a wonder it’s still on the table, yet the plans for the ‘megatrack’ appear to be moving forward.
‘I’m shocked too. Animal exploitation and death aside, the proposed multi-million-dollar Tweed megatrack would be an economic disaster. We know the industry has already started its terminal decline: attendance at NSW greyhound races has dropped more than 50 per cent in the past decade alone.
Even more importantly, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds reports that 80 percent of racing greyhound breeders, owners, and trainers are over the age of sixty-five, and that young people are failing to enter the industry – is it any wonder why?
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding Joey Cortez, the third greyhound to be killed at the Bulli track. He is the 55th greyhound to be killed in NSW this year. In relation to the death, Dennis talked about the spike in greyhound deaths in NSW this year in comparison to last year. Dennis also discussed the changes that should be implemented to make greyhound racing safer, such as using straight tracks as opposed to curved tracks. (6mins)
Greyhound adoption programs were a key element in the reform of the racing industry after live-baiting scandal six years ago
Industry-led programs to rehome retired greyhounds helped just 2,000 dogs across Australia last year and were outperformed in the two biggest racing states by community-run services operating on threadbare resources, a new report claims.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), which campaigns to ban greyhound racing, on Wednesday released a report on the performance of industry and government-funded greyhound adoption programs across the country.
Greyhound racing is an activity in which greyhounds chase an artificial lure until they reach a finish line — people bet on the dogs and greyhound racing is essentially a gambling industry..
For their part, Australian advocates are keeping a close eye on the industry there and In a new report with complete 2020 statistics, as well as a follow-up report from the first half of 2021, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, based in Australia, looked at the number of injuries and deaths of racing greyhounds in that country, and also provides concrete examples of how it happens on the tracks, with their data coming from official stewards’ reports. They are the most comprehensive reports of their kind for that country, and they’re worth considering its numbers in depth.
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the death of two year old racing greyhound Let Out. This is the second greyhound to die in Warragul in a span of one week and the fourth this year. Let Out collided with the other dogs and sustained a fracture of the hock. He was euthanized by the on track vet. (48 secs)
People Are Cyber Flinging Dog Sh*t At Dom Perrottet Over His Support of Greyhound Racing
Good evening to everyone, and especially to all the greyhounds and corresponding humans who are tagging NSW premier Dominic Perrottet in *checks notes* dog sh*t.
Yes, you read that correctly – Dominic Perrottet’s tagged photos on Instagram are currently being flooded with images of greyhounds taking sh*ts, often with Perrottet’s face shopped onto them.
“The greyhound racing industry is important for many communities in NSW,” he wrote.
“We’re committed to making sure the sport has great facilities – not only to give punters a better experience, but to improve the safety and welfare of dogs like Snowy here, which is what the upgrade to the Muswellbrook track we just announced will do.”
I’m pretty sure punters having fun is the least of Snowy’s worries, considering there have been 137 greyhound deaths and 7995 racing injuries on the track just this year, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
October 12, 2021- The Guardian Australia (National)
50 greyhounds have now been killed on NSW race tracks this year, more than the total death toll of 2020.
According to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds who track dogs deaths and injuries during racing events, fatalities have increased by 39% this year, cementing NSW’s place as the deadliest state for racing greyhounds.
2,342 greyhounds have also been injured on NSW tracks in 2021.
In a press release, the coalition’s president Dennis Anderson has called on NSW racing minister Kevin Anderson to move more races from curved tracks to straight.
Bugger. TFF’s expressed view last week that perhaps the newly minted Premier Perrottet might pursue a sane policy on greyhound racing – ban it as an abomination, as Mike Baird wanted to do five years ago – seems unlikely.
Readers have pointed out a post on Instagram by the then treasurer in April, which included a photo of him with a greyhound still fast enough to be looked after: “The greyhound racing industry is important for many communities in NSW. We’re committed to making sure the sport has great facilities – not only to give punters a better experience, but to improve the safety and welfare of dogs like Snowy here, which is what the upgrade to the Muswellbrook track we just announced will do.”
A Gold Coast woman wants a better tracking system for retired greyhounds to stop hundreds of the animals from “disappearing” every year.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Queensland director Annie Hendley wants to close a “legislative loophole” in which the tracking of the animal following the end of its racing career is not mandated.
"Her petition, due to be put forward to Queensland parliament in November, has amassed more than 4000 signatures and calls on the state to extend its current tracking system from birth to death."
A group motorcycle ride from Tamborine to Advancetown will take place on Sunday 17 October this year to raise funds for community-run greyhound rescue efforts in Queensland, organised by The Coalition For The Protection of Greyhounds.
The public will be able to meet rescue greyhounds and volunteers will be answering questions about adoption and fostering.
September 24, 2021 - ABC Radio Newcastle 1233 (NSW)
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding GRNSW’s plan to build a rehabilitation farm for retired racing greyhounds at Denman in the Hunter Valley. This was announced last year and was supposed to be operating by now, but is still not operational.
Dennis covered the need for a zero euthanasia target for healthy greyhounds and the 6.5K racing greyhounds currently racing in NSW which will need a home. He also said Richmond old curved track should close now that there’s a new straight track there.
September 23, 2021 - Crikey (National news website)
Little to be proud of when sending dogs to grim deaths
The discovery in August that Australian greyhounds were being "exported" to the UK and re-shipped to China -- a location to which Australian dogs are not permitted to be directly sold given the appalling treatment they face -- has shone a light on the federal government's refusal to prohibit greyhound exports. State body Greyhound Racing Victoria is currently investigating the UK export case.
Notionally, greyhounds can't be exported without a permit from industry body Greyhounds Australasia (GA) -- which won't approve export to destinations like China, Hong Kong, Macau (home of the sickening Canidrome, now closed) and Vietnam, which have a record of animal abuse.
The death of a third greyhound in as many weeks at Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club's Bray Park track has again provoked calls for change in the sport...
Lobby group the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said five greyhounds have died racing at Ballarat this year, putting the track just behind Cranbourne with six deaths. Thirty-two dogs have died in Victoria, and 120 nationally, this year.
The Richmond greyhound racetrack on Londonderry Rd has the dubious honour of becoming Australia’s deadliest dog racing track this year after a young dog died racing there on September 3, but Greyhound Racing NSW CEO Tony Mestrov says greyhound racing in Australia has never been safer...
Dennis Anderson, President of the CPG, told the Post, “Tarawi Chrissy was a young dog that died a typical greyhound racing death – euthanised with a broken leg after falling on a curved track, in a race with too many dogs.
“Due to COVID, more dogs are now racing at Richmond, which means more dogs are dying," he says.
CPG’s Director for South Australia Annie Hendley was interviewed regarding the horrific death of a young greyhound at the Mt. Gambier racetrack. Alpaca Sunny collided with another dog and broke her neck. She was euthanased by the on-track veterinarian.
A spokeswoman for the sport’s peak body, Greyhound Racing Victoria, said greyhound deaths had dropped 55 per cent in the past four years.
“Every track death is investigated by GRV to take learnings and help further improve tracks,” the spokeswoman said.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) president Dennis Anderson said greyhound racing was “barbaric and must be banned.”
“How can a dog that isn’t yet two years old collapse and die?” Mr Anderson asked.
“Another greyhound that was 20 months old died of cardiac arrest earlier this year. What is the racing industry doing to these dogs? This shouldn’t happen in a civilised society.”
5th Greyhound Death at Geelong RaceTrack
Geelong greyhound racetrack is now Victoria's second deadliest after the fifth fatality at the location this year.
Maniac Martini finished 7th in Race 2 on September 10, before collapsing and being pronounced deceased by the on-track veterinarian.
“Greyhound racing is barbaric and must be banned. How can a dog that isn’t yet two years old collapse and die?”
“Another greyhound that was 20 months old died of cardiac arrest earlier this year. What is the racing industry doing to these dogs? This shouldn’t happen in a civilised society,” he said.
Second Racing Dog Dies In One Week
Another greyhound has died at the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club, the second death in one week and the club’s fourth this year.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said this was more evidence of an inherently “cruel” industry.
“Greyhounds are dying regularly and the Tasmanian Office of Racing Industry is in crisis. The deaths of two young Tasmanian greyhounds in a week is a true reflection of the cruelty of dog racing,” Mr Anderson said.
Fifth Racing Dog Dies
Another greyhound death on the Cannington race track has renewed calls for WA racing to limit the number of dogs allowed to participate in a race.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds’ president Dennis Anderson said dogs Lou Lee, Lonnie Wonder and Broken Bad died earlier this year at Mandurah track, while Diamond George died at Cannington.
“Government must step in, if they care about animal welfare,” Mr Anderson said.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has called on WA racing minister, Mr Reece Whitby, to reduce the number of dogs allowed to run in the same race, to six.
Another greyhound has died at the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club, the seventh dog racing death in Tasmania this year.
Action Plus ran his final race on August 26 before collapsing in his catching pen after the race and dying where he lay.
“It’s a vile sport, it’s cruel, and no matter what they say about improving things, they’re not.” Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said it was a cruel irony that Action Plus died on August 26 – International Dog Day.
Racing Integrity Body Losing Industry Confidence, Parliament Told
Kenji Sato & David Killick
The state government announced on Tuesday a review of the Racing Regulation Act 2004.
“This review will be an important step to ensure that the governance and integrity model in Tasmania is effective in delivering probity and integrity,” Racing Minister Jane Howlett said.
But the Tasmanian Racing Club, Tasmanian Trotting Club and the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club have all called for the review to be broadened to include Tasracing.
Today, NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi will introduce an amendment bill to ban the import and export of greyhounds for breeding, racing or commercial use. The ban will allow exemptions for domestic pet greyhounds, as long as there is proof the dog will not be used for breeding or racing...
This year, a report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds found a 44 percent increase in dog deaths in the NSW greyhound racing industry during the first half of 2021, compared to the same time last year. Thirty-six dogs died on the tracks.
Tasmania’s horse and dog racing industry will soon be under investigation.
The Tasmanian government announced on Tuesday that they would review the Racing Regulation Act of 2004.
Coalition for the Protection of Geryhound’s Dennis Anderson says Tasmania is behind the rest of the country
“Queensland, Victoria, and NSW all had government inquiries into the industry, all of them made recommendations on how to improve the industry, and perhaps the Tasmanian government is just catching up.”
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the third greyhound death at the Warragul racetrack. That marks the 27th death in Victoria for this year. The greyhound, Captain Goldie, collided with another dog at the home turn and suffered a fractured foreleg. She was euthanized by the on track vet.
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the increase in greyhound deaths in the first half of this year - a 44 per cent increase in deaths on racetracks.
Dennis discussed the possible causes for this, the cover ups and deletions of videos of the deaths, as well as the safety measures that can be taken to prevent the deaths such as straight tracks. Lastly, he also spoke about greyhound adoption. (6 mins 20 secs)
August 23, 2021- The Queensland Times, The Courier Times (QLD)
New Ipswich Greyhound Racing Track: When Construction on Greater Brisbane Greyhound Centre Will Begin
Greyhound advocates have reiterated their fierce opposition to the facility, with thousands calling for the millions in taxpayer money going towards the project to be spent elsewhere.
In 2019 the state government announced plans for the Greater Brisbane Greyhound Centre, which will be built in Purga.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds Queensland director Anne Hendley said an industry funded study completed by the University of Technology in Sydney in 2017 found that straight tracks significantly improved the chances of a greyhound surviving the race.
She said it was not a project that had the support of the public, with more than 67,000 signing an online petition against it when the project was first announced.
As it is Therapy Dog Awareness Month for the whole of September, it is the perfect time to share some great stories of how therapy dogs can really make a difference in people’s lives.
"My 19-year old son Seb is on the autism spectrum, with a mild intellectual disability, and bringing a dog into our family has made a profound difference to the quality of his life." explains Christine Trumble…”
CPG president Dennis Anderson says thousands of unwanted Greyhounds are put to death despite being healthy, rehomeable and possibly suitable as therapy dogs.
Greyhound racing will return to South Australia’s largest track, Angle Park, on August 26 after a $2.8m rebuild designed to protect dogs from injury.
Annie Hendley, SA director of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said deaths would still occur at the track despite the upgrades.
“No curved track is acceptable, because the majority of fractures happen at bends,” she said.
In what part of our consciousness is greyhound racing ok? It’s not, yet this barbaric death ritual continues…And now, a damning six-month NSW specific ‘death tracks’ report compiled and released by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has evidenced shocking industry data confirming an alarming increase to NSW greyhound racing track deaths and injuries.
The greyhound racing industry has tried to remain rather quiet as of late, hiding from the public eye and avoiding mainstream scandals. But that doesn’t change the fact that the industry remains as cruel as it has ever been, with a new report showing that dog deaths in the industry are up 44 percent.
The report, which has been released by The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, shows that in the six month period from the start of this year until June 2021, 36 dogs died in racing-related incidents. Across the same time period, 25 dogs were killed by members of the racing industry as a result of non-racing related injuries.
Local animal activists are again demanding answers, following the recent death of racing greyhound at TABTouch Park in Cannington…
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has again called for Racing and Wagering WA to enforce a six-dog-per-race limit across the state.
CPG president Dennis Anderson said the Racing and Gaming Minister, Reece Whitby, needed to “choose safety over money”.
CPG advocated on behalf of a WA greyhound rescue group to get an article on Media Watch about Australian Community Media (ACM) spiking a story critical of greyhound racing.
Independent journalist, Matilda Duncan, initially wrote about what had happened and published it via her Long Snouts newsletter, having interviewed Emma Kirk, the journalist who wrote the spiked ACM story and who confirmed it was pulled after being up briefly on several WA ACM news sites.
ACM has a digital network of 135 websites across the country and has a commercial partnership with the greyhound racing industry, but says this has no bearing on editorial decisions.
Meanwhile, the commercial partnership is resulting in numerous pro-racing advertorials appearing across ACM websites.
Animal welfare advocates are calling for the closure of a greyhound track in Devonport, deeming it unsafe.
The North West greyhound racing track in Devonport is now Tasmania’s deadliest track after another greyhound death last week.
Rojo Nugget was only 18 months old and running in his fourth race, in a seven-dog race on a curved track. He is the third greyhound to die at Devonport this year, making it the most lethal track in Tasmania. Two dogs have died at Hobart, and one at Launceston.
TasRacing announced last year that the facility will be moved to another site after the land has been sold to a housing developer.
Andrew Wilkie, Federal Independent MP, spoke on behalf of CPG.
July 25, 2021- Shepparton News (VIC)
Greyhound fatalities back on agenda as dog dies after Shepparton race
Greyhounds race at Shepparton. A dog died after race two at the track on July 15.
The safety of greyhound racing is again in the spotlight with a young dog killed after a race at Shepparton last week.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson explained the circumstances of Vaughn's death, labelling the industry one that "continues to kill".
“Eight dogs go flat-out to the finish line, the lure speeds up and a gate comes across the track. The dogs go from that flat-out speed into that small, confined area, where they're caught by the handlers,” he said.
Sketchy A Bit dies after colliding with another dog in a Townsville greyhound race
The second greyhound death at Townsville's racetrack this year also marks the 13th dog killed while racing in Queensland.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) Queensland Director Annie Hendley said Sketchy A Bit's death highlighted the brutality of the greyhound racing industry, where almost eighty per cent of greyhound racing fatalities occur at track turns.
"Racetracks are lethal for greyhounds. Sketchy A Bit died a typical greyhound death, being euthanased after falling violently on a curved track in a race with too many dogs," Ms Hendley said.
July 6, 2021- WIN TV News Gippsland (VIC)
Traralgon Racecourse Upgrades
CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding a new ‘J’ shaped greyhound track being built in Traralgon. The track is part of a five million dollar investment aimed at reducing the physical stress on greyhounds.
Greyhound protection groups fear it is not enough to prevent future incidents.
CPG’s Dennis Anderson stated that racing on straight tracks and reducing the number of dogs in a race from eight down to six will reduce deaths and injuries by half.
July 4, 2021 - ABC Regional Investigations (VIC)
Dead Greyhounds listed as ‘retired’ on Greyhound Racing Victoria website FastTrack
Justine Longmore, Charlotte King & Andy Burns
Greyhound rescuers have accused Victoria's racing body of obscuring data on the fate of retired racing dogs, as an ABC investigation reveals gaps in the industry's life-cycle tracking system.
CPG’s Julia Cockram, who works to rehome greyhounds from properties across the state said more dogs were being adopted than ever before, but lifetime tracking “stops the minute the trainer jumps on their database FastTrack and clicks the dog over as retired to a third party," she said.
"There's no tracking after that."
J Curve - New Traralgon Greyhound Track
CPG’s president Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the new Traralgon greyhound track which has one turn and a 300-metre straight. The J track design was developed following research by the University of Technology Sydney into how to reduce physical stress on greyhounds during racing. Dennis explains that track turns inevitably result in injuries and death when greyhounds ‘bunch’ to follow the lure.
Has there ever been a more craven collapse to a lobby group than this
In the history of NSW has there ever been such a craven collapse to a powerful lobby group, with a government going from good policy to bad policy in a heartbeat, all while holding its nose and averting its eyes from the disaster before it? You be the judge…
According to Coalition For the Protection of Greyhounds, it found that “of the 97,783 greyhounds bred in NSW in the previous 12 years, evidence suggested somewhere between 48,891 and 68,448 dogs were killed because they were considered ‘unsuitable or too slow for racing’”.
CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the fact that Greyhound Clubs Australia launched a website to tell the public their side of the story. Dennis gets the last word and says the website is merely a PR stunt, because the public is starting to realize the truth about greyhound racing. (2 mins 51 secs)
Greyhound activists and welfare campaigners have pleaded with the state government to enforce major industry changes.
The plea comes following a string of serious leg and joint injuries in Cannington, within the month of May this year.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhound president Dennis Anderson said the state’s greyhound racing industry should enforce a six-dogs-per-race limit.
A group committed to banning greyhound racing is calling on the NSW Government to end racing on the oval track in Goulburn when the city’s new straight track opens in 2022.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (GPG) is calling for action ahead of the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission (GWIC) hearing in Goulburn on Thursday, 3 June.
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the GWIC inquiry hearings. He talked about the origins of GWIC, the work that they do and how even though the Commission exists, greyhound injuries and deaths are ongoing. He also discussed those that oppose GWIC in NSW and want the Commission to be dissolved, as well as the Government in relation to greyhound racing.
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the hearing in Newcastle about the NSW greyhound regulator (GWIC).Since greyhound racing will most likely not be banned, Mr. Anderson would like safety measures to be implemented so that greyhound racing could be safer.
A second greyhound has died at the Devonport track this year, prompting a call to change the design of the track.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) president Dennis Anderson said the death of Zevatron highlighted the "brutality" of greyhound racing.
"Like most greyhounds that are killed on Australian racetracks, Zevatron sustained a broken leg on a curved track in an eight-dog race," he said.
"Greyhound racing is inherently dangerous for dogs."
There were four serious greyhound injuries and a death at Mandurah's racing track in April, bringing renewed calls from an animal welfare group for reduced race sizes.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) president Dennis Anderson said seven- and eight-dog races create track congestion.
Mr Anderson said the racing industry in WA has continued to have larger racing fields, despite this, "in order to maximise betting revenue".
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has hit out at the State Government after a series of greyhound injuries and a death at Mandurah track in recent weeks.
Stewards’ reports from April 13 to May 7 have revealed six greyhounds suffered leg fractures and one died after breaking its spine at the Mandurah track.
All surviving dogs were stood down by racing stewards for 90 days.
Limiting greyhound races to six starters to curb injuries is worth considering, Taree Greyhound Club president Des McGeachie said.
Mr McGeachie was replying to claims from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) following the death of Smart Treasure at a Taree meeting on Friday April 23.
"Smart Treasure was a young greyhound running in her first race. She was killed due to the inherent dangers on the racetracks - oval tracks, races with too many dogs, and greyhounds being euthanased with treatable injuries," CPG president Dennis Anderson claimed in a statement to the Times….
CPG President Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the death of Hallside Sam, a two year old greyhound who suffered an acute rupture and died at the Bulli racetrack. Mr. Anderson talked about the number of greyhound deaths in Illawarra, NSW and Australia as a whole. He also discussed the benefits of using straight tracks versus curved tracks when it comes to greyhound racing. (6 mins 55 secs)
A Bill introduced by Greens MLC Tammy Franks would require mandatory reporting of the number of registered and unregistered greyhounds euthanised each year – and the manner in which they died – as well as mandating that Greyhound Racing SA [GRSA] is subject to Freedom of Information laws, with the industry body currently exempt…
National advocacy body CPG [Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds] said there needs to be a national greyhound racing register “to fully address data transparency, given dogs are transferred interstate”.
CPG national president Dennis Anderson said: “This must be a public document which covers all states.”...
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) believes the re-opening of the Thirlmere training track will increase greyhound injuries and deaths.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) believes the re-opening of the Thirlmere training track 'will increase greyhound injuries and deaths.
Last month Wollondilly Council unanimously supported a notice of motion to express "its support of the greyhound industry, its breeders, trainers and its many benefits to the Wollondilly".
The motion also supported safety upgrades to the Thirlmere track and bringing forward funding for the Thirlmere masterplan.
The track upgrade will be overseen, funded and completed by Greyhound Racing NSW.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has labelled Geelong greyhound racetrack as “the worst in Victoria” after the third death of a dog at the venue this year.
In Australia, 54 greyhounds have died while on tracks this year, and 14 of them have occurred in Victoria.
Geelong is equal-deadliest with other tracks that have notched up three deaths in Australia: Albion Park (Queensland), and Maitland, Richmond and Wagga Wagga (all NSW).
CPG national president Dennis Anderson said Geelong’s track was oval in shape, which contributed to young greyhound Sylvie Bale colliding with another dog at the first turn and falling, sustaining a fractured elbow on April 23.
Ballarat Greyhound Club's Wednesday meeting was abandoned yesterday after a dog was injured in the first race and subsequently euthanased.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) president Dennis Anderson said the death of greyhound Steven highlighted again the inherent dangers of greyhound racing.
"Steven was a young greyhound running in only his second race. Like most greyhounds that die on the tracks, he fell at a turn after colliding with other dogs," Mr Anderson said.
"Greyhound racing is incompatible with animal welfare. Curved tracks, races with too many dogs, and unwarranted euthanasia are causing the deaths and injuries of thousands of dogs every year," he said.
CPG’s Queensland director Annie Hendley was interviewed regarding the death of Chief Priority at Rockhampton.
The two-year old dog was euthanized by the on track vet after sustaining catastrophic injuries. Annie talked about the definition of catastrophic injuries, causes of it, and how it can be prevented.
In addition, she also discussed CPG’s aspirations and plans to reform the racing industry (4 mins 16 secs)
The second fatality from seven race meetings at BBet Park this year has reignited the debate of whether now is the right time to start phasing out curved greyhound racing tracks.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds national president Dennis Anderson said while they wanted the industry banned, the next best option was to phase out oval tracks.
"Wauchope doesn't feature in the most dangerous tracks in Australia and nor does Taree," he said.
"But we're anticipating a higher death rate this year.”
"It highlights the requirement for tracks to be straight and for the maximum number of dogs in a race to be reduced to six from eight."
Overbreeding, safer tracks, greyhounds living out the full term of their natural life and eliminating doping and other unethical behaviours are the challenges Tasracing should tackle in its future strategic plan, says the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
The AJP's Mark Pearson cites CPG research ...
"Fifty greyhounds have died on Australian tracks since the start of the year, with close to 3000 injured," he said, citing reports from the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
"My question to the eight councillors at Wollondilly Council is this: do you really want to be responsible for rubber-stamping greyhound deaths in your community?"
CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the Golden Easter Egg. Dennis talked about the racing industry in relation to the gambling industry, the government’s attitude towards greyhound racing, and the benefit of a straight track. Dennis also talked about the greyhound racing industry in other parts of the world.
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CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed about the Perth Cup. He talks about last year’s injury statistics, the Cup and greyhound racing in general. (1 min 16 secs)
50 greyhounds have died on Australian racing tracks so far this year, nearly a 50% increase in fatalities from 2020, according to data collected by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
According to the organisation, the latest dog to die was two year old “Pretty Smart”, who was euthanised on Wednesday after fracturing their femur after falling at a track’s turn.
They were one of 23 greyhounds killed in NSW this year, the highest fatality rate of any state…
As greyhounds navigate the risky bends of regular circuit race tracks, officials can only hold their breath and hope for no injuries or worse, deaths.
In 2020, there were 48 deaths, including two in Goulburn, and 2821 injuries, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
The group is committed to banning greyhound racing but supports straight tracks in the meantime…
Developments are underway for the construction of a straight racing track at the Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club…
In 2020 there were 48 greyhound track related deaths in NSW, including three in Goulburn according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG). The coalition also reported 2821 injuries in the same year. ..
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) research has found that regional racetracks were responsible for more than three-quarters of all racing greyhound deaths across Australia in 2020.
(photo of CPG National President Dennis Anderson with rescue greyhound)
Dennis Anderson, National President of CPG, said the loss of Slim Pickings highlighted the alarming rise in greyhound racing deaths this year….
An animal protection group said Northern Rivers greyhound tracks were among the worst in the state.
Greyhound Racing NSW and The Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission say there are no issues with the Gunnedah track following the death of two greyhounds in as many meetings in the last week.
The deaths, the first catastrophe injuries [leading to death or euthanasia] at the track for more than two years, have prompted The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) to renew calls for change.
"The only way to stop the suffering of these beautiful dogs is to ban greyhound racing. Until that happens, the industry should act on what its own research recommended in 2017, that six-dog races and straight tracks are safer alternatives," CPG national president Dennis Anderson said.
CPG  is a dedicated group of volunteers across Australia who work together to inform the public about the cruelties of Greyhound racing...
CPG volunteer, Christine Trumble, gives us a first-hand account of how she came to adopt an ex-racer and how the foster process helps
Foster carer Anne Hedley, who's also a volunteer with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said private volunteer-run groups don't expect dogs to fit a mould...
Also, during that period in Victoria, GAP euthanized 142 dogs of the 1,201 which entered its program (figure sourced from FOI response by Greyhound Racing Victoria to CPG).
The death of a greyhound following racing in Devonport has sparked calls for RacingTas to reduce field sizes.
According to the stewards report, on March 23 a greyhound named Blue Twist fell in the catching pen after race five sustaining a fractured leg and was euthanised by the on-track vet.
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said the death of Blue Twist highlighted the inherent dangers of greyhound racing...
CPG commented on Lightning Ride, a young greyhound who died at the Bendigo track. He collided with another dog at the first turn and fell. (17s)
CPG’s president Dennis Anderson is interviewed about greyhound welfare in the racing industry. Dennis talks about the steward’s report on injuries and deaths, greyhound welfare in the racing industry, how to make greyhound racing safer and what CPG stands for.
Animal Liberation has thrown its unequivocal support behind a NSW Parliament e-petition opposing the proposed development of a greyhound racing track at Chinderah...
Ms Ryan says the recently published Lethal Tracks 2020 report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) is continuing to attract strong media interest and is being widely circulated.
‘Factually sourced from stewards' reports, the CPG report is a harrowing and sombre account of the extent and nature of ongoing greyhound injuries and deaths on greyhound racing tracks Australia wide.’
Racing and Wagering WA has rejected criticism of the decision to run races at Cannington Greyhounds during severe storms earlier this month.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds said dogs ran on the evening of March 1 despite many outdoor events being cancelled because of the weather.
Greyhound racing clubs across NSW will receive $23 million in taxpayers’ money, despite state government having failed to release the track safety standards on which the expenditure decisions have been made.
“When this amount of public money is being spent, the standards document should be publicly available so the community and media can review it,” said Mr. Dennis Anderson, president, the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).
CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed regarding the two greyhound deaths on the same day at the Gardens Track in Newcastle (40 secs)
Ballarat greyhound racing has recorded its first fatality of 2022 after a two-year-old dog was euthanised after the third race on Monday afternoon…
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Kylie Field said the death of Cruickshank showed the brutality of greyhound racing and its tracks.
GRV said all incidents were investigated.
CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed about the first greyhound death at Sale in 2021. Whodat Dare suffered a cervical spine fracture after colliding with another dog on the first turn and hit the running rail.
CPG president Dennis Anderson is interviewed about Whodat Dare, a greyhound that broke its back and died on track at Sale. Mr. Anderson discusses the possible causes for the incident and injury statistics.
A shocking report has revealed hundreds of greyhounds died on race tracks across the country in 2020.
The report, released by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, analysed data from thousands of official stewards’ reports from across the nation. The data they collected reveals last year there were 202 on-track deaths across the country.
GREYHOUND RACING NSW (GRNSW) has refuted “assumptions and suggestions” that it’s proposed Chinderah greyhound racing facility will “compromise greyhound welfare and cause ongoing greyhound track injuries and deaths” as stated in a recent ePetition...
“The recently published Lethal Tracks 2020 report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) is continuing to attract strong media interest and is being widely circulated”, she said.
“Factually sourced from Steward’s reports, the CPG report is a harrowing and sombre account of the extent and nature of ongoing greyhound injuries and deaths on greyhound racing tracks Australia-wide.”
CPG president Dennis Anderson was interviewed about The Gardens greyhound track and the well-established changes based on University of Technology Sydney research that should be implemented in the coming years to reduce injuries and fatalities. (45 secs)
The NSW Government have introduced reforms to the State’s greyhound racing industry with the introduction of whole-of-life electronic tracking, aiming at protecting greyhounds throughout their racing careers and beyond...
Although believing the investment is indeed a step in the right direction, Dennis Anderson, National President of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) believes there is more to be done, particularly in order to protect greyhounds that are no longer registered once their racing careers are over.
“The system will only track greyhounds as long as they are either on the racing registrar or they have been retired to a ‘registered industry participant’,” Dennis Anderson said.
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This is appalling. I volunteer with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds so I know how these poor dogs suffer, and the woefully inadequate legislation applied to racing greyhounds.
The greyhound racing industry has once again come under fire after another greyhound has been euthanised on the track and the Bundaberg club was declared the third deadliest in Queensland.
Research conducted by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) has revealed the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club is the state's third and country's eighth deadliest track.
Based on the analysis of thousands of official stewards' reports, CPG recently released their findings in a report entitled Lethal Tracks 2020: A Report on Track Related Deaths and Injuries.
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CPG’s Annie Hendley was interviewed about the findings of CPG’s Lethal Tracks research report, in which Bendigo was named the deadliest greyhound track in 2020 with 14 deaths, 417 injuries (49 of them major).
The RSPCA is calling for answers after a greyhound was euthanised following a race in Launceston on February 15.
According to the online steward's report, the greyhound Card Talk was one of three dogs involved in a collision on the first turn in the race at Mowbray.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, a greyhound welfare group, described the track at Mowbray as the "fifth deadliest track in Australia" with those seven deaths occurring in 43 race meets.
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February 23, 2022 - City Hub Online (NSW)
No Place In The Inner City: First Greyhound Of The New Year Killed At Wentworth Park
Greyhounds continue to be endangered while racing in Australia. A new report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) found that almost 10,000 greyhounds were injured in track-related injuries and over 200 died.
The report, Lethal Tracks 2020: A report on track-related deaths and injuries, is yet more data to prove this sport needs to end...
About One Green Planet.
The injury report from the latest greyhound race meet at Casino sparked furious debate among readers about the sport, with some asking whether it should continue.
In response to a report by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, a spokesman for the commission said measures it had recommended to improve greyhound safety were having an impact.
CPG WA state director Andrea Pollard is interviewed about greyhound injuries and deaths. She discusses circular tracks and the danger they pose to greyhounds (56 secs)
New report reveals five greyhound deaths, 400 injuries at Mandurah race track in 2020
A new report has revealed five greyhounds died and 405 suffered injuries at the Greyhounds WA Mandurah track in 2020.
The report – Lethal Tracks 2020: A report on track-related deaths and injuries – was compiled by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) after analysing thousands of official stewards’ reports.
Five dogs also died at the Cannington greyhound track and 486 were injured.
Nationally, 202 greyhounds deaths and 10,000 injuries were recorded...
CPG President Dennis Anderson talks about the report released by CPG that tallies the number of greyhound deaths and injuries in 2020. The report was released at about the same time greyhound Harvey John died at the Casino track.
CPG President Dennis Anderson talks about the recent death of two greyhounds at the Maitland track (41 seconds).
Tuesday, February 9 has marked the first greyhound death at Gosford Track in 2021 with the euthanasia of Zipping Squiggle after the dog suffered a compound fracture of the near side radius and ulna on the race track.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) have issued a statement condemning the dog racing industry for failing to take heed of their recommendations of how to make dog racing safer for the participants.
“It’s been a shocking start to the year for greyhounds on Australian tracks,” reported CPG national president, Dennis Anderson...
In a long interview, CPG President Dennis Anderson talks about Zipping Squiggle, the first greyhound death in 2021 at the Gosford track. He explains the UTS research which recommends that the racing industry should modify track designs to reduce the number of dog deaths (11mins).
In a long interview, CPG President Dennis Anderson talks about the greyhound deaths that have occured at the Maitland tracks in 2021 and possible causes (bad positioning of lure/turns). He explains that the University of Technology Sydney recommended changes to track design to improve safety. These recommendations correspond to the results from the independent research done by CPG on track safety. (40 seconds)
A greyhound had to be euthanised at the Townsville racetrack over the weekend, marking the first death of a racing dog this year.
For the 2020 calendar year, there were 46,213 starters and 53 fatalities due to racing incidents or injuries. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says a lack of regulation allows greyhounds to be pushed to their limits, resulting in death.
A greyhound had to be euthanised at the Townsville racetrack over the weekend, marking the first death of a racing dog this year. The report said a post-race veterinary examination of Jump Like One revealed the greyhound sustained an oblique fracture to the right hind tibia.
She was humanely euthanised by the on-track veterinarian. She is the first Townsville greyhound to die this year, the third in Queensland, and the 15th nationally. The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says a lack of regulation allows greyhounds to be pushed to their limits, resulting in death.
Queensland Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds director Annie Hendley did a radio interview with Star FM Townsville about the death of greyhound Jump Like One.
A greyhound had to be euthanised at the Townsville racetrack over the weekend, marking the first death of a racing dog this year…
The report said a post-race veterinary examination of Jump Like One revealed the greyhound sustained an oblique fracture to the right hind tibia.
She was humanely euthanised by the on-track veterinarian. She is the first Townsville greyhound to die this year, the third in Queensland, and the 15th nationally…
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says a lack of regulation allows greyhounds to be pushed to their limits, resulting in death.
Interview with CPG president Dennis Anderson to talk about the following topics: living conditions of racing greyhounds, self righteous pro-racing greyhound owners, statistics in Australia (numbers of greyhounds registered, injury rate, deaths, etc), recommendation for safer racetracks, overturn of racing ban in NSW, and history of greyhounds.
A greyhound welfare group is calling on Greyhound Racing Victoria to make significant changes to the sport following the death of a greyhound at Healesville’s race track.
Greyhound, Notorious Jiggs, finished second in Race 10 on Friday 8 January but was euthanised after an incident in the catching pen, the area that stops the dogs at the end of the race….
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) said the greyhound’s death undermines the racing industry’s claims that the track is safe.
The second greyhound death at Horsham within a month has reignited the debate around the safety of the sport...
In early December, Nhill-trained two-year-old Irina Bale was euthanised at Horsham, after a collision during a race.
The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds believed more needed to be done and that fractured bones should not be a death sentence for a greyhound.
Geelong has begun 2021 by recording the first greyhound death on an Australian track for the year, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.
The coalition’s president Dennis Anderson said the Geelong track “typified” the dangers that racing greyhounds faced in 2020.
“The death of Zed Bale highlights the real problems of greyhound racing: curved tracks and greyhounds with broken legs being euthanised at the track.
“We’re going to see a lot more of this in 2021.The only way to end greyhound suffering is to ban greyhound racing.
A greyhound has died at Horsham Greyhound track on Tuesday, January 5, the fourth greyhound to die in Australia in the first five days of 2021.
Dipped In Honey collided with other dogs and fell in the early stages of the fifth race and was euthanised by an on-track vet after suffering a metacarpal fracture.
The Coalition For The Protection Of Greyhounds president Dennis Anderson said the suffering of these animals will continue until something substantial is done.
“It’s been a shocking start to the year for greyhounds on Victoria’s tracks,” he said.
THE death of a greyhound at Bathurst's racing track last month was the third at the track in 2020, making it one of the most dangerous in NSW, says an organisation that wants to see greyhound racing banned.
Three-year-old Isabella Icefish collided with another dog at the home straight in Race 3 on December 21, suffering catastrophic injuries. She was put down as a result...
Dennis Anderson, national president of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), which is calling for a ban on the sport, said 181 greyhounds have been injured while racing at Bathurst in 2020, including 32 with major injuries.
RENEWED calls to ban greyhound racing after a dog was euthanised after a race fall in Bathurst are to be expected, but also resisted.
Three-year-old Isabella Icefish suffered "catastrophic injuries" after colliding with another dog during racing at Bathurst's Kennerson Park on December 21.
She suffered a compound fracture to her foreleg and was humanely euthanised by on-track veterinarians on welfare grounds.
It's a sad, even shocking story - and one that the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds says was repeated 45 times on greyhound tracks across NSW in 2020.
CPG national president Dennis Anderson says Isabella Icefish's death is further proof of the need for "urgent reform" within the greyhound racing industry, though the CPG makes no secret of the fact its real goal is to see a complete end to greyhound racing.