- Hon. Nathan GuyMinister of Racing
End Dog Racing in New Zealand
Imagine keeping your dog in a solitary cage, with no bed to rest on or toys to play with. Imagine watching your best friend pace around and around chasing her tail in endless circles. Then imagine walking away...
It is hard to understand but thousands and thousands of New Zealand greyhounds are living like this right now, and no one is helping them. In fact, the industry admits that there are no welfare standards in place to protect these dogs or to improve their terrible lives. Worse, seventy-seven percent of owners admit that dogs may not be placed for adoption after they stop winning. This figure augments the thirty-five percent of greyhound puppies that the New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association admits cannot be accounted for. The irrefutable conclusion is that thousands of beautiful and innocent greyhounds are simply destroyed each year.
Last Fall, GREY2K USA Worldwide worked with FarmWatch and the Greyhound Protection League of New Zealand to get the first look at these dogs. Our undercover investigation of a major New Zealand racing kennel revealed the sad truth that greyhounds endure lives of confinement and many exhibit neurotic behaviors. When our investigators approached them, some dogs tried to push their heads right out of their cages to be petted. This is how desperate for attention these poor dogs are.
Please help us rescue New Zealand's greyhounds from the racing industry. With your support, we will do more than just document this cruelty, we will fight it.
As we have found in the United States, there is a path forward to protecting greyhounds and we know that much work lies ahead. Now is the time to take the first step. Won't you please help?
Learn more on our New Zealand campaign page now. Then, pledge a donation and sign our petition to help end dog racing in yet another part of the world.
- Minister of Racing
Hon. Nathan Guy
I am writing to urge you to help New Zealand’s racing greyhounds. These poor dogs live in misery, day in and day out, pacing in their cages. Then, when their racing days are over, many are simply killed.
Right now, thousands of greyhounds in your beautiful country are spending most of their days in solitary cages. Investigators employed by GREY2K USA Worldwide recently toured one of the most prominent kennel facilities and found dogs neurotically circling in their cages. When approached, some greyhounds desperately tried to push their heads right out of their cages to be petted.
Industry representatives admit that there are no welfare standards in place to protect racing dogs or to improve their terrible lives. Worse, seventy-seven percent of owners admit that many ex-racers are not placed for adoption after they stop winning. This figure augments the thirty-five percent of greyhound puppies that the New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association admits cannot be accounted for. The irrefutable conclusion is that thousands of beautiful and innocent dogs are simply destroyed in your country each year.
This cruelty must end. As a first step, please initiate an independent review of the greyhound racing industry in New Zealand. With facts in hand, I hope you will join with people like me around the world who believe greyhounds deserve to be protected.
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