• Time to stop the greyhound industry

    DISALLOWANCE MOTION TO THE RACING ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT REGULATION 2015

    26th August 2015

    Disallowance motion.

    RACING ADMINISTRATION ACT 1998: DISALLOWANCE OF RACING ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT (RACE FIELD INFORMATION FEES) REGULATION 2015

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON [12.08 p.m.]: The Animal Justice Party will support the disallowance motion of the Racing Administration Amendment (Race Field Information Fees) Regulation 2015. A government of either persuasion should never support an industry that can only thrive and flourish on the backs of people suffering from psychological problems that cause suffering and a great deal of hardship for their families, friends and the community. A large proportion of the community who gamble are not people who gamble from time to time or for weekend recreation; they are people who are addicted and consumed by that addiction. These people pour a lot of money and income into the racing industry.

    The Animal Justice Party is concerned for the animals. The racing industry is driven to make as much money as possible from not only gamblers but also animals. Horses are overbred. They are genetically modified to the point where they break their legs at the age of four. They develop ulcers from the stress of racing. Racehorses have many falls and accidents because of the pressure and stress they experience. These animals are whipped in every race. If any member of this House were to whip their dog in the street in the way that horses are whipped in every race, they would be prosecuted and sent to prison. The racing industry allows the abuse of animals. Abuse of an animal by whipping it is permitted in a race to drive the animal to run faster and to win, for financial gain. The racing industry has a very sinister side to it. It allows abuse of animals that in any other circumstance would cause a person to be brought before the courts and dealt with severely.

    Police investigators and the RSPCA are currently searching for and digging up the graves of former racing greyhounds all over the country. They are investigating claims of animals being tortured in the process of live baiting, which was a systemic practice in the greyhound racing industry. It is probably still occurring but has been driven underground. No matter the contribution an industry makes to the community, the Government should not support it if it engages in animal cruelty. We should support research and education, but in other ways. It should never be linked to an industry that cannot exist without exploiting the suffering of people with psychological problems and causing animal abuse.


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