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nsw government

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Petition to NSW Government, Paul Toole, Gladys Berejiklian

SAVE THE GREYHOUNDS!!!

In 2016, through the relentless campaigning and protesting of thousands of NSW residents, greyhound racing was officially banned by the government. However, for their own capital gain, the government has reinstated greyhound racing, using $500, 000 of taxpayers’ money to fund the Million Dollar Chase in October, the largest greyhound race in the world. The Government has attempted to  justify its reform by instituting policies to ‘ensure animal welfare’, when clearly this is not the case. Besides banning live bait, the government has tried to justify this cruel action by saying that the animals will be rehomed, and while this seems fair for the animals at first, Gabi Openshaw from Animal Liberation believes that “any dog capable of…competing in an event like this will be bred from at the end of their racing career. Those dogs’ owners will go on the make huge amounts of money from either selling semen or whelping puppies”. And even though the government claims the industry has gotten better, over the past few years there has been new evidence of greyhounds suffering at the hands of the racing industry being revealed every few weeks, such as a mass grave recently being discovered by the RSPCA in Western Sydney. Just two years ago Special Commission of Enquiry report suggested that the greyhound industry was beyond reform. This means that these new policies are deceiving the public and are allowing the continuation of the cruel treatment of animals. On behalf of the PAWS organisation of SBHS, we strongly oppose this decision the government has taken into bringing back this horrendous sport. The government’s absurd decision displays the government’s lack of morals and ethics, and their intent to capitalise on the torture of greyhounds. Even though this large sum of money can be spent elsewhere, such as improving schools’ infrastructure and their education, the government has unfortunately turned to choosing an activity that involves extreme torture and abuse of animals. We are concerned about the long term impacts for NSW of an event where animal cruelty, gambling and drinking are supported by the government while our schools and hospitals are underfunded, and call on the government to rethink their decision.  Contact the Premier to let her know you are unhappy with this! GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN NSW PREMIER EMAIL: office@premier.nsw.gov.au PHONE: 02 8574 5000 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gladysnsw/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/GladysB  

Abdullah Khan
11,950 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian

#StandByMe to ensure that people with disability in NSW have a voice

It can be difficult for people with disability to get a fair go and speak up. Sometimes they need someone to help them when things go wrong. Advocacy organisations help people with disability speak up and get a fair go. The government wants to cut all funding to advocacy organisations. This means many people will not have a voice or get help when they need it. Please sign your name to tell the government not to take their voice away and to stop funding cuts from advocacy organisations. We all want to belong, to be included and to have the same opportunities to fulfil our potential. People with disability are no different, but it can be a whole lot harder. In April this year the NSW Government extended funding until 2020, however they have no plan to fund disability advocacy, information or representation beyond this time. These services exist to ensure that people with disability have a voice and can overcome those challenges; that we have input into and control over decisions that affect our lives. We want the NSW Government to stand by advocacy, representation and information services so they can stand by me. This means fully funding disability advocacy, representation and information services. When that happens, everyone benefits. Advocacy, representation, and information services have achieved a lot for people with disability. We have supported students with disability when they have been abused, we have successfully campaigned for better access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and we provide independent information to navigate the myriad of systems that affect our daily lives. The Productivity Commission states that independent advocacy is still vitally important alongside the NDIS. The Victorian Government is continuing to fully fund independent disability advocacy, information, and support as a core essential service because it understands the NDIS won't cover these things. Join us in calling on the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, to commit the NSW Government to ongoing funding for NSW independent disability advocacy, representation and information to the tune of $13 million per year. Now and always! Premier Berejiklian, don’t take our voice away. As community run, non-profit organisations we already do a lot with very little, and we're experts at stretching out a dollar. People with disability trust us to stand with them. We need to be fully funded into the future or it will have dire impacts on people's lives. #StandByMe Premier Berejiklian and don’t ditch disability advocacy.

NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
33,402 supporters