Support declining for greyhound racing

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 17 February 2015

Plagued by allegations of brutality, cheating and criminal behaviour — and sorely lacking in public support…


Australia is one of only eight countries in the world with a commercial greyhound racing industry — and Australia’s is by far the largest. However, internationally, it is an industry in decline. In the USA, greyhound racing is now illegal in 39 states, 28 of the 49 tracks have closed in the last decade, and wagering has dramatically reduced.

‘One large-scale survey found that three-quarters of Australian adults thought that gambling did more harm than good for the community.’
– Productivity CommissionA 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers report concluded that the NSW racing industry is a ‘consumptive sector’, and doesn’t ‘generate any significant productivity benefits to the rest of the economy’.

In Australia, community awareness and concern is growing about the cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of ‘sport’. And it’s not only animals paying the price, with the social costs of problem gambling estimated to be $4.7 billion a year.

Considering revelations of extreme animal cruelty; the thousands of healthy greyhounds killed as industry ‘wastage’ each year; and the Aussie families torn apart by problem gamblingis greyhound racing really worth it?


How you can help

  • Sign the petition to end State government support of greyhound racing cruelty
  • Right now, there are greyhounds discarded by the racing industry who are in need of a loving home. These naturally gentle and affectionate dogs make great family pets. Discover more about adopting or fostering a greyhound!