Petitioning Labour Party Leader David Shearer and 13 others

Elected MP's & opposition spokespeople for animal welfare & racing in NZ: Please launch an independent enquiry into the NZ greyhound racing industry.

The Greyhound Protection League claim that there are over 10,000 greyhounds unaccounted for in New Zealand at present, with a further one thousand unaccounted for annually. I request that the relevant Ministers use their statutory powers to conduct an independent investigation into New Zealand's greyhound racing industry, and that this information be made publicly available.

I believe that the racing industry "investigating itself" may not provide the public with credible and transparent results, and that the investigation must be done independently.


An independent investigation should make public:

The number of greyhounds bred and imported annually for the racing industry

The number of greyhounds retired annually through the Greyhounds as Pets scheme, other agencies or privately*

The number of injuries which occur annually in all racing-related activities (such as training, trialing, and competing)

The number of greyhounds euthanased annually due to race-related injuries

The number of greyhounds euthanased annually for other reasons (and what these reasons are).


The only way this information can be gathered in a fair and objective manner is through an independent review, which would require that all racing industry records be made accessible for scrutiny by an appointed independent committee of people whose interests are not racing-related.

*Private rehoming can typically fall into two categories: household pets or breeding stock for pig hunting. As the welfare implications of greyhounds as pig hunting stock may be significantly different than those of a household pet, it would be prudent to define whether a "private adoption" is for the purpose of hunting stock or pet.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Labour Party Leader
    David Shearer
  • Maori Party Co-Leader
    Pita Sharples
  • United Future party leader
    Peter Dunne
  • Mana party leader
    Hone Hawawira
  • ACT party leader
    John Banks
  • New Zealand First party leader
    Winston Peters
  • Green Party Spokesperson for Gambling
    Denise Roche
  • Green Party Spokesperson for Animal Welfare
    Mojo Mathers
  • Labour Spokesperson for Racing
    Ross Robertson
  • Labour Spokesperson for Primary Industries
    Damien O'Connor
  • Minister for Racing
    Nathan Guy
  • Minister for Primary Industries
    David Carter
  • Prime Minister
    John Key
  • Maori party co-leader
    Tariana Turia

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