Greyhound Racing

11 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Hon Kevin Anderson, MP

Cancel the Operating Licence of Greyhound Racing NSW

Dear Minister Anderson, We urge you to immediately to cancel the operating licence of Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW). GRNSW is failing to meet all 3 legislated objectives and it has engaged in unethical behaviour in its treatment of Dapto Agricultural & Horticultural Society.  GRNSW has engaged in bullying and deceptive behaviour and has lost the trust of the public. GRNSW is attempting to force the Dapto Agriculture and Horticultural Society (DAHS) into an unstainable contract which could result in the demise of the community activities supported by DAHS, including the Dapto football club and the legendary Sunday markets. The actions of GRNSW would also prevent DAHS from implementing their visionary plans to transform the space to meeting the community’s recreational needs for the future. The operating license you have given GRNSW does not give them the power to take over and ruin a not-for-profit organisation like DAHS. The Dapto showground is for the people of the Illawarra, not for the interests of a racing-gambling organisation. GRNSW has publicly lied about their knowledge of the plans of DAHS and is engaging in a public campaign to ruin a community organisation.  GRNSW is trying to force DAHS to continue to race dogs at a financial loss, which is the opposite of community and democracy. GRNSW released its annual report which shows it is operating at a loss of $1.5 million. This shows that GRNSW is not an economically viable entity. GRNSW is also failing its legislated responsibility to have a regard for greyhound welfare by not accounting for approximately 4000 missing greyhounds each year, or having viable rehoming options for all greyhounds born in NSW. We urge the Minister to cancel the operating licence of GRNSW on the basis of their unethical and deceptive behaviour and their failure to meet all three principal legislated objectives. 

Inez Hamilton-Smith
2,260 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Jamie Hyams, Joel Silver, Cr Jim Magee, Cr Anne-Marie Cade, Cr Margaret Esakoff, Cr Clare Davey, Cr Tony Athanasopoulos, Cr Mary Delahunty, Cr Dan Sztrajt

Equal Rights for Greyhounds

Willow is a retired racing Greyhound. Destined for euthanasia when she was no longer of use, she was adopted by Glen Eira resident, Danny Mileikowski and given a second chance.

 She now lives happily with cats and chickens and is a Therapy Dog at Caulfield Hospital’s geriatric psychiatric clinic.

 Willow loves nothing more than to meander around with her owner and socialise with the other dogs at Princes Park in Caulfield South. Like all other dogs she has benefited immensely from being able to socialise with other dogs and other people and her confidence has grown by the day.

 Sadly, Glen Eira Council has decided to target Willow and Danny and has fined them more than $700 for the ‘crime’ of being off leash in a designated off leash area.Apart from being born a greyhound, Willow has done nothing wrong. If you believe that greyhounds should be given the same rights as other dogs and that greyhound owners shouldn’t be punished for their selfless act of kindness of rescuing these gentle dogs from a certain death, please support this petition.All we are asking is that Glen Eira City Council makes some move towards welcoming greyhounds into the community.  This could include:- creating designated greyhound off-leash areas and/or times- creating an accreditation pathway - a 'pink tag' - that certifies that placid greyhounds are as welcome as all other dogs in off-leash areas in consultation with greyhound owners, vets and animal behaviouristsThank you for your support.

Colin McEown
4,930 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Pedro Sánchez, Carmen Calvo

Spanish Dogs Brutally Killed

We call upon the Spanish Government to help end the use and abuse of working dogs known as galgos and podencos. As reported in The Sun, we are horrified to learn that Spain does not impose harsh penalties to deter hunters who dump their working dogs at the end of the hunting season in early February. Dogs are commonly abandoned at this time of year because hunters want to avoid caretaker responsibility by providing dogs with food and shelter. Common means of disposal include starvation, hanging, being burned alive, dropped alive down wells or having their throats slashed with knives. It is estimated that 50,000 dogs are abandoned each and every year, many after living short lives fraught with regular beatings that are vicious and savage in nature. Because galgos are classed as "working animals" they are exempt from animal welfare laws but we want to see this changed to protect these poor animals. Hunters are getting away with animal abuse and murder and the government needs to step in and impose harsh penalties for those hunters or galgueros that are responsible for these atrocities. We urge the Spanish Government to ban the use of greyhounds for hare and lure coursing and make it illegal just as the UK has done. We also hope to see greyhounds protected by animal welfare laws and harsh penalties for those found abusing these animals. Dog charities do their best each year to save as many dogs as they can but without your intervention many thousands will perish. Spain, the world is watching. Help us save thousands of innocent lives. Show us you care and take animal welfare legislation seriously.

Angela Fyfe
61,457 supporters