Clarification of Wastage Figures
GRNSW wishes to clarify a comment in recent correspondence from it to an industry participant on the issue of a ‘pup bond’ which was subsequently quoted in Parliament by the Hon. Robert Borsak during Question Time on 22 May 2018.
In the relevant correspondence, GRNSW stated:
At this time, racing greyhounds in NSW are subject to tracking from whelping to retirement or death. Whilst this assists GRNSW in regulating the movement of greyhounds in NSW, it does not tackle a number of other issues identified by the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW (Special Commission), and in particular, the issue of wastage… It was estimated that (paragraph 11.46 of the report).
That figure is based on the findings off the Special Commission in its final report.
Later in the correspondence, the same wastage figures of 13,000 to 17,000 were referred to but were incorrectly attributed to NSW (and not all of Australia). However GRNSW later referred the participant to the final report of the Special Commission which clarified the number of registered greyhound pups born each year between 2009 and 2015 in NSW.
In fact, the Special Commission’s report on wastage figures in NSW estimated that, on average, between 4,074 – 5,704 healthy greyhounds in NSW were killed every year in the 12 years prior to the Special Commission.
The fact remains that these figures are still shocking and unacceptable. GRNSW is firmly of the view that the imposition of a ‘pup bond’ is an essential measure to control breeding and to ensure that the welfare for greyhounds across NSW is paramount. The pup bond is one of a number of important measures to reduce wastage proposed to be introduced by the new GRNSW leadership. These measures were recommended by the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel and approved by NSW Government in February 2017.
The measures include the establishment of the Greyhounds Welfare and Integrity Commission, significant enhancements to funding for the ‘Greyhound as Pets’ adoption program, and in February this year, GRNSW introduced an improved Euthanasia Policy which requires participants to properly explore re-homing options for greyhounds before euthanasia is considered as an alternative.
GRNSW is wholly and unapologetically committed to drastically reducing the number of healthy greyhounds being killed in NSW every year and it has zero tolerance for unlawful euthanasia.