TENS of thousands of people have been affected over the last 24 hours as the NSW State Government announced it is closing down the greyhound racing industry from July 1, 2017.
Not only is this decision set to affect the 13,000 registered greyhound racing participants in NSW alone, it will also flow on to thousands of other people whose livelihoods depend on the industry.
Meat suppliers, feed and vitamin companies, equipment manufacturers, track staff, managers, race callers, animal transport companies – the list goes on. All up, Premier Mike Baird has estimated that 1086 direct and 475 indirect full-time equivalent jobs will be lost due to the shut down.
While acknowledging that the industry has a lot of work to do, the team at Australian Racing Greyhound feel that a total ban is a great injustice for the dedicated trainers who are committed to their dogs and doing the right thing by them.
We have confidence that, given the right administrators and resources, the industry could reform and develop into one which has animal welfare at the forefront.
Because of this, we completely oppose the NSW State Government’s ban on the sport and will be working tirelessly to get this horrendous decision overturned.
Now we are calling on YOU. If you train greyhounds, own greyhounds, know someone who has greyhounds, if you enjoy a flutter down at the pub, if you are involved with or bet on racing of ANY code, or even if you simply think banning this industry is unfair – please help us take a stand.
There are five easy ways of doing so this weekend.
1. Sign the petition
Australian Racing Greyhound has launched an online petition to send one giant message that the ban on NSW greyhound racing is not welcome! It doesn’t matter if you are from NSW or interstate, this decision impacts everyone who has an interest in the sport. We have already collected over 7,500 signatures – this could make a serious difference if we can get everyone on board.
2. Make your support for greyhound racing known on social media, to the wider media and in your local communities #saveNSWgreys
Share pictures of your greyhounds winning races and lounging around at home – the world needs to see how much these dogs are loved and what a loss this sport will be to everyone. Even if you don’t have greyhounds yourself, make a stand – post a status to tell the world this decision is unacceptable and your support greyhound racing and racing in general. Use the hashtag #saveNSWgreys in all your social media.
3. Do not bet on any sports or racing until Wednesday 13th July 2016
Let the government feel the pinch now! Show them liberal fat cats that without our money, everyone will suffer. Don’t bet on any greyhound, harness, thoroughbred or sporting event – without our cash lining their pockets they may take notice.
4. Urge & encourage others within the racing industry to withdraw their horses and greyhounds from racing until Wednesday 13th July nationally to show your support
All codes need to stand together and protect greyhound racing in its time of need – just as our industry propped up the horse codes during the equine influenza. Please consider withdrawing all of your runners across the weekend to get the message across.
5. Contact your local member of state and federal parliament and voice your support for greyhound racing
Let our politicians know what this decision will mean for you. Be passionate and tell them why this decision should be overturned before it’s too late.
To make this as easy as possible, we have a dedicated page to help you search for your local member of state and federal parliament and have included a form for you to fill out which will be emailed directly to them.
CLICK HERE to view the form and have your say to #saveNSWgreys