MEDIA RELEASE: NSW MP slams the “disgraceful” continuation of horse racing and greyhound racing during Covid-19 “national emergency”

Upper House MP for the Animal Justice Party Mark Pearson has slammed the NSW Government for allowing horse racing and greyhound racing to continue as the state’s Covid-19 situation worsens.


Both horse racing and greyhound racing are set to continue across the state, with a Rosehill Gardens race set to go ahead in Sydney’s coronavirus-ravaged west on Saturday, July 24.


“It’s inexcusable that these cruel, unnecessary industries are exempt from lockdown in a national emergency,” Mr Pearson said.


“We have an entire city locked down, with hundreds of thousands of people unable to work, yet the blood-soaked gambling industries of horse and greyhound racing is allowed to continue,” Mr Pearson said.


In the coming week other horse racing events are set to take place at Sydney’s Kensington and Randwick tracks, as well as in Canberra, Wyong, Gosford, and multiple regional towns.


Greyhound races are also scheduled at multiple NSW venues over the coming weeks, including Western Sydney’s Richmond track.


Mr Pearson said the financial support that the greyhound and horse racing industries receive from the state government is “outrageous”.


“The NSW Government must stop giving NSW taxpayers’ money to prop up these blood sports,” he said.


“It’s reprehensible these cruel industries continue to get hand-outs while essential services struggle and other businesses fail.”


Mr Pearson’s comments come after NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard today called the state’s Covid-19 situation a “national emergency”.


On Friday, July 23 Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed there were 136 new Covid-19 cases detected in NSW in the past 24 hours and announced new restrictions.


Two local government areas in Sydney’s west, Cumberland and Blacktown, will be locked out from the rest of the city.



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