I’m all for animal welfare. The changes being implemented Australia wide are for the good of the dogs and the industry. However I’m sick and tired of the lies being produced by certain animal welfare groups that are produced as fact. They are far from the fact.
Just yesterday the group that calls themselves “Animal Liberation Queensland” conducted a protest at the site of the proposed Logan track. I’m sure this animal welfare group has the best interests of the greyhound breed at heart, but gee they talk complete and utter ill-informed crap. I’ll go as far as to say they tell some lies.
There was one particular placard being held by numerous of these protesters that took my interest.
It read “STOP. Our taxes paying for this”. The same sign had a picture of a greyhound falling in a race. It was a sad picture and not one industry participant likes seeing a dog fall, EVER.
Anyhow, I digress.
Back to the sign.
So let me get this right. Taxes pay for greyhound racing? Surely this sign was just a simple error, or worse, it was a sensationalist attempt at garnering support. The organiser didn’t believe it surely. This needed more investigation, so I went to the Animal Liberation Queensland website and went to the greyhound section. I didn’t bother investigating into the circus section, we already have our own circus to deal with it seems.
A quick read takes me to “The Main Issues” section of the page.
It seems that the first two listed issues are as follows.
– The continued use of taxpayer money to support greyhound racing in Queensland.
– The Queensland Government continues to provide Racing Queensland with millions of tax payer dollars.
Then a bit further down we get the same issue re-hashed in another format.
– The Queensland greyhound racing industry is losing money every year and we do not believe the use of tax payer monies as a top-up to a declining industry is justifiable.
Hmmm, so it seems the placard wasn’t a simple error or attempt at garnering support. This group actually believes the rubbish they are spouting. They actually list three issues in different wording that are in fact the exact same thing. They don’t want taxpayer dollars paying for greyhound racing.
Deary me, let me put your collective hearts at ease, and more specifically the event organizer, Hayley Cotton, who no doubt had a role to play in the creation of these signs.
Put simply, it’s not the case and you are telling lies. It’s a complete fabrication in your collective imaginations and far from the fact. But I guess that wouldn’t have helped the petition signing yesterday as you misled a public that believes you. They believe these lies and that is the problem.
Would you like the facts? Or are you content with fiction. I’ll provide the facts in regards to Queensland.
FACT ONE – Tatts contributed $108.7 million to the racing industries this year in Queensland.
FACT TWO – $40.9 million was paid in taxes from Tatts alone.
FACT THREE – Further money is contributed to the industry and in taxes to Queensland via corporate bookmakers.
FACT FOUR – More money is paid in taxes by the greyhound industry than your tax dollars pay to “top up” the industry. Please see the table below. The greyhound industry received $480,536 from the government last final year. A pin prick compared to the tens of millions generated.
FACT FIVE – Hundreds of job would be created at Logan, which would create more tax via income tax for Queensland.
FACT SIX – There is hundreds of people currently employed within the greyhound industry paying taxes. Bar staff, TAB staff, the guy with the souvlaki truck at the track, veterinarians, stewards, track staff, maintenance men, cleaners etc. The list is endless and they all pay tax.
FACT SEVEN – Animal Liberation Queensland needs to actually investigate what they are saying and tell the truth.
|Projects||Funds Received From Government For The Life Of The Project To (30/6/14)||Funds Return To Government|
|Cronulla Park, Logan||$480,536||0|
|TOTAL RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENT||$480,536|
Facts and figures taken from Tatts Annual Reports and Racing Queensland Annual Reports.
Over to you Hayley and Animal Liberation Queensland. Time to stop the lies.