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96% of greyhounds are killed

96% of greyhounds are killed

Posted 30 September 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: greyhound racing, horse racing, Blue, greyhounds

Wow. Some shocking stats have come out of the NSW Greyhound industry -- an inquiry has found that anywhere between 13,000 and 17,000 greyhounds are killed every year! What's more, the Inquiry heard that as few as 4 in every 100 dogs born into the industry will make it beyond 2 months of age :(

Last night on The Project, a greyhound trainer admitted that to get to zero greyhound deaths is just not possible. We have a rescue greyhound who "works" in our office and it breaks my heart to think that he very well could have been one of the dogs in these awful statistics. When he broke his leg, his trainer was getting ready to "dispose" of him but he got a lucky save.

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Blue hard at work. More pics of Blue.

Blue is the sweetest, gentlest dog and many greyhound owners would say this is typical of his breed. So to me, anything more than zero is an unacceptable number of greyhound deaths. And the greyhound trainer was wrong to say it's not possible. It is possible. Just not while greyhound racing exists.

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Two greyhound trainers told the NSW inquiry that 90% of trainers are involved in brutal 'live baiting' of possums, piglets, rabbits and other small animals. Not surprisingly, greyhound racing is facing calls to be shut down. But we don't have to wait for the laws to change to bring an end to greyhound racing. The most powerful thing you can do to help dogs and other animals is to sign the pledge to never bet on a greyhound race and to encourage your friends and family to do the same.

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The trainer interviewed on The Project also said that just like with greyhound racing, the horse racing industry would never be able to guarantee that no horses will die.

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Horse racing trainers everywhere.

But it's true -- greyhounds aren't the only victims of Australia's racing industry. Many horses bred to race are killed. Here's what you need to know about horse racing ...


Sign the pledge to help end this.

One of the biggest racing events of the year -- the Melbourne cup -- is only a few short weeks away. If you'd like to take a stand against racing, you might like to consider one of these 5 ways to celebrate without cruelty.

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15 reasons #slacklyf beats #tracklyf, according to a rescued racer

15 reasons #slacklyf beats #tracklyf, according to a rescued racer

Posted 13 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: greyhounds, racing, greyhound racing, dogs, adopt, Blue

This is a story all about how Blue's life got flipped upside down.

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LAWL.

Blue was a race-winning greyhound. Then he broke his leg. Luckier than most greyhounds in this sitch, he ended up with a work-mate of mine. And his life is well ... here's 15 reasons rescue life beats racing life if you're a greyhound. (I know Blue would agree with me but that dog snoozin'.)

1. This.
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2. This.
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3. This.
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4. This.
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5. This.
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6. This.
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7. Friends.
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Friends who make funny faces together, stay together.

8. Tiny friends.
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9. Big friends.
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10. Dribbly friends.
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11. Nap-time friends.
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12. Hairy/huggy friends.
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13. This.
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14. This.
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And last of all ...

15. Because Blue gets to live the #slacklyf for the rest of his life.

Most dogs born into the racing industry will be lucky to get to live out their full lives :( Blue is one of the lucky ones. But there's no reason that all greyhounds can't live full, happy lives and feel loved just like Blue.

You can help make that possible by taking a pledge (or two) for dogs today:

If you'd like to keep up to date with Blue's busy schedule of napping and hoarding, you can follow him on Instagram @bluethgrey

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