Fast Fact: In Australia it is estimated that more than 18 000 greyhounds are killed every year.
These normally gentle animals undergo rigorous training, forcing them to attack small animals in order to make them run faster.
As with the horse racing industry, injuries on the track will often lead to the animal being euthanized as it will be deemed uneconomic to return the animal to health.
Between races and training they are often confined to small concrete pens and denied the ability to express their natural behaviours. As most of us already know, dogs are pack animals and most love the company of other dogs as well as humans. Greyhounds are no different from any other dog you find in a family home.
While there are some wonderful organisations working to save and rehome greyhounds from this industry, the reality is that 9 out of 10 will be euthanized. Some of these animals will end up at veterinary hospitals or training schools to be euthanized and end up becoming unwitting blood donors. Their blood is drained for use in surgeries before they are euthanized.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!