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The following groups put their name to a letter to NSW Members of Parliament supporting the ban on greyhound racing  in NSW (scroll below list to view the letter).
We are still collecting more names. If you would like your group’s name to be added to the list, please contact us at gonearethedogs@gmail.com

Friends of the Hound Inc
Greyhound Rescue
Sydney Animal Second-chance Inc
Wollongong Animal Rescue Network
Claws ‘n’ Paws Rescue
Silver Lining Pet Rescue Inc
Oscar’s Law
Gumtree Greys
Happy Paws Haven
Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics
The Mini Kitty Cat Commune
Bikers against Animal Cruelty
Lawyers for Companion Animals
Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds
Companions Not Commodities
Paws and Recover
Dog Rescue Newcastle
Hunter Animal Watch
GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs) in Need Australia
Animal Rights Rescue Group
Pets in the Park
Busselton Greyhound Awareness
Animal Aid Abroad
For a Good Claws, Cat Welfare
Rocky’s K9 Rescue
Helen’s Helping Hounds
Nora’s Foster Hounds
Need Paws Rescue NSW
Working Breed Rehab
Greyhound Equality Society
Freerangers Farm Dogs
Animal Liberation QLD
Barnyard Betty’s Rescue
Amazing Greys
Rescued Greyhounds NSW Central Coast
Senior Sighthound Project
Animal Defenders Office
Animals Australia
Grey2K Worldwide
Peanuts Funny Farm
Animal Liberation NSW
Saving Wilma
Best Friend Fur Ever Rescue
Animal Liberation ACT
Beagle Freedom Australia
Choose Cruelty-Free
Meow Cat Rescue Kiama
The Fox Residence Guinea Pig Sanctuary
Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Aust
Best Friends Animal Rescue Inc
Forever Friends Animal Rescue
Coast to Coast Animal Friends
Barnyard Betty’s Rescue
Greyhound Rescue Victoria
Animal Liberation South Australia
Animal Welfare League Qld
Greyhound Protection League of NZ
National Desexing Network
Four Paws Australia
Furry Friends Forever Rescue
Monika’s Doggie Rescue
NARGA (National Animal Rescue Groups of Australia)
Free the Hounds
Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services
Friends of the Pound
Team Dog
Tree of Compassion
Dachshund Re-homing and Rescue
Freedom Hill Sanctuary
Saving Fantasia eCommunity (SAFe)
No Kill Pet Rescue
Boxer Rescue Network
Homeless Hounds Animal Rescue Australia
Puppy Love Rescue
Signal Hill Sanctuary
Husky Rescue (WA)
Greyhound Adoptions WA
SA Greyhound Network
The Rabbit Sanctuary
Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust
Animal Liberation Newcastle
ATAAC (Australian Teens Against Animal Cruelty)
B A D A  – Bikers Against Dog Abuse
Gone are the Dogs

 

 

 

 LETTER

9th August, 2016

Dear Honourable Member of Parliament,

The animal rescue groups, adoption organisations and animal welfare advocacy groups named in this letter support the proposed legislation to ban greyhound racing in NSW.

For far too long the burden of saving greyhounds has predominantly been left to animal charities, shelters, volunteers and vet nurses.  It is an unfair problem which weighs heavily on these people – an impossible and emotive task at a cost too high for the community to continue to support.

Greyhound racing industry participants as a whole do not accept accountability nor responsibility for the long term care, protection and well-being of all the beautiful dogs they deem ‘products’ of this industry. In fact every single time they trial or race dogs they put their lives at risk of death or injury. Those racing owners and trainers who choose not to routinely euthanise their dogs when past their usefulness will place them into the care of groups who volunteer their time, energy and money to save them. Racing owners breed, cage, train and race their dogs to win money and then expect volunteer groups to shoulder the responsibility for the dogs’ future. The reality is that greyhounds are regarded by this industry as a gambling tool – a disposable commodity – which is at odds with the societal view of dogs being one of the world’s most favoured companion animal.

Greyhounds Australasia estimate 80-90% of greyhound racing industry participants are hobbyists. Why do we allow animals to suffer and die for someone’s hobby?

The truth is that the majority of people involved in the industry are in it to make money. The allure of a win is the driving force behind their behaviour and conduct, and sets their expectations for the dogs. There is a huge disconnect between Greyhounds as products for racing and gambling – and as living, sensitive, beautiful dogs. This separation of reality has immersed Greyhounds into an often cruel and unsympathetic culture where commercial objectives are at the fore, resulting in inadequate care and management, and disregard for their long-term future.

The argument that the banning of Greyhound racing will cause the death of countless dogs is not a valid justification for continuing the industry – rather it is an unworthy attempt to produce opposition to the ban and attribute blame and guilt to the government and welfare advocates. Greyhounds have been bred to die – and this cycle of carnage, which has been routinely allowed for decades, must finally be brought to an end.

In society our activities change as our values change, and no longer do the majority of Australians support an industry in which there is so much animal suffering and death just so that greyhound owners and gamblers might win money.

There is a wealth of animal ethics issues receiving global attention and the killing thousands of dogs for gambling every year is seen as archaic, ruthless and unnecessary.  Animal care and protection are values which the majority of Australians support and therefore legislation based on animal care and protection should achieve bi-partisan political support.

Yours Sincerely, Gone are the Dogs for the following
animal rescue and animal advocacy groups

WARN Nugget  This is Nugget. He was saved by Wollongong Animal Rescue Network. Photo by Furtographer

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