Welfare groups are already getting their rice confetti out, ready to throw their hands in the air and celebrate.
But there is another group of people in this who have had their lives torn apart. The decision to end greyhound racing in NSW means thousands and thousands of people will be unemployed, either directly or indirectly. Participants who are in other states, despite reassurances to the contrary, must have exceptionally heavy hearts as they fear for their futures in the coming days, months and years.
The question so inadequately answered in all this is what happens to all those involved in the industry once the dust has settled on that last race, once the gates are closed on the parks and the debtors come into claim what’s left?
Are all the members of these welfare groups going to systematically put their hands up to each adopt a greyhound? Will we see our beloved Premier (Mike Baird) walking a couple greyhounds “he has saved” around the block 6 months down the track.
I don’t think so.
Is our mate Baird going to help all those in the industry find jobs? A one off payment isn’t going to help most of them for very long.
You can’t judge everyone in the industry the same. As in all industries you have the good and the bad. There are more good owners/trainers/rearers out there that treat their dogs like royalty than not. Their dogs have the best of foods, are checked on several times a day, including early mornings and late nights. They are exercised and cared for and have regular vet checks. How many every day Australian dog owners do that?
If widespread cruelty is the basis for this ban how about we target and go after individuals that bring this industry down not the whole industry.
We need to put everything into perspective – they are shutting down a million dollar industry because of a few bad eggs while we still have homeless people dying of hunger and cold in our midst.
They are shutting down an industry that supports 1000’s of people financially every year because of a few bad eggs.
I have no doubt our mate Baird thinks he will be able to sleep better at night now, shame that there are 1000’s in the industry that won’t be able to as they are worrying where their next meal will come from and how they are going to feed their dogs.