RSPCA inspectors in New South Wales have uncovered the bodies of nine dead greyhounds buried on the property of registered racing trainer in Western Sydney.
Another 12 dogs who were found starving and sick and were seized from the property. The trainer is being investigated for serious cruelty to animals offences.
“These greyhounds were bred for and then discarded by the racing industry,” the RSPCA said in a statement.
This is not the first time the greyhound racing industry has been caught trying to bury its dirty secrets. The bodies of 55 dogs were found in a mass grave near Bundaberg in 2015 and more recently there have been reports of a similar gruesome discovery near Tamworth.
When the New South Wales government backflipped on the greyhound racing ban, we all knew that thousands of dogs would continue to suffer in this abusive and unjustifiable industry in which cruelty – including the mass slaughter of healthy dogs – is a business model for “success”.
It’s been two years since the NSW government first announced it would ban greyhound racing in the state, before capitulating to industry demands. In that time, hundreds of greyhounds have died on racetracks or suffered catastrophic injuries. Around one in 10 race meets in NSW results in the death of a dog.
It is estimated that another 18,000 greyhounds are killed every year in Australia – simply because they aren’t fast enough to win races. Eight thousand of those killed are puppies.
By now, greyhounds all across NSW should be retired to loving homes, instead of being kept in cramped cages and kennels and forced to run for their lives.
The majority of Australians abhor the inherit brutality of greyhound racing. The industry has had plenty of opportunities to implement reforms. This most recent investigation confirms that the battle against the abuse of animals for entertainment and financial gain continues.
It’s time to bury this industry, not more dogs.
Article source: PETA Action Alerts