The Greens party in Tasmania, Australia, said that 27 greyhounds that raced on a Tasmanian track last season have died, 24 of which had different guardians, while 22 had been passed from one trainer to another. One of the deceased dogs had been sent through the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP). This is one of the indicators of how deadly the greyhound racing industry is. 

Cassy O’Connor, Greens Animal Rights spokesperson, said to Pulse Tasmania that the statistics reveal the “brutal, everyday reality” of the greyhound racing industry, and that “dozens of dogs dying every year, often in the most traumatic of circumstances. She added, “As is too often the case, many of these gentle dogs died at or after race or trial accidents.”

According to Jane Howlett, Tasmanian Racing Minister, 38 greyhounds were euthanised during the 2023-24 financial year to May 31, with reasons including injury, age and being unsuitable for rehoming. Four of these dogs were killed at the racetrack or within 14 days of a track injury.

In 2022, The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) reported that the industry has only rehomed around 2,000 dogs a year (a figure that had not increased since 2017-18). In 2020–21 the industry bred six times more dogs than rehomed them, creating a significant animal welfare problem, not only during the racing age of all of these dogs but afterwards too. This seems to be confirmed by the deaths recently reported. A 2022 report on this issue from CPG stated, “This means the racing industry will continue to fail miserably in convincing the community it has reformed.”A 2021 poll of 1,052 Australians, commissioned by the Greens and conducted by Lonergan Research, found that 54% of respondents supported a ban on greyhound racing, and 55% of respondents agreed that racing animals like horses and greyhounds for gambling and entertainment is cruel.

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.