Wel­fare of grey­hounds ques­tioned

Kapi-Mana News - - REGION - By JIM CHIPP

Grey­hound wel­fare ad­vo­cates have called on the government to step in and in­ves­ti­gate the wel­fare of grey­hounds in the rac­ing in­dus­try.

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers ac­cepted a pe­ti­tion from Grey­hound Pro­tec­tion League of New Zealand pres­i­dent Aaron Cross on Wed­nes­day at Par­lia­ment.

Mr Cross said that ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try records there ought to be 17,000 grey­hounds in New Zealand, but coun­cil dog reg­is­tra­tion only show 3000.

‘‘The rest are ei­ther be­ing eu­thenased en-masse or just not be­ing reg­is­tered,’’ he said.

The Grey­hound Pro­tec­tion League launched an on­line pe­ti­tion in De­cem­ber ask­ing MPs to back the group’s call for an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry and reached its goal of 1500 sig­na­tures, rep­re­sent­ing the num­ber of grey­hounds in­tro­duced to the rac­ing in­dus­try an­nu­ally.

Only a lit­tle over 10 per cent of that num­ber is re-homed an­nu­ally, he said.

Ac­cept­ing the pe­ti­tion, Ms Mathers said hun­dreds, if not more dogs were be­ing eu­thenased early for en­ter­tain­ment and to sup­port a gam­bling busi­ness.

An in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion was needed, she said.

She said she would con­vey the pe­ti­tion to a se­lect com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Mr Cross, of Houghton Bay, has adopted two grey­hounds from the in­dus­try, seven-year-old Pax from Ran­giora and three- year- old Sally, from In­ver­cargill.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

Bite on in­dus­try: Green MP Mojo

Mather with re­tired rac­ing grey­hounds Pax and Sally.

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