July 7, 2016
Lynda Stoner, standing for Senate for Animal Justice Party
ANIMAL rights activists including Mosman’s Lynda Stoner were jubilant
about the ban on greyhound racing in NSW, announced today.
jumping with joy,” said Stoner who is CEO of Animal Liberation.
is the most wonderful decision by the NSW Government and puts an end to this
terrible, cruel sport which caused the deaths of thousands of dogs and other
animals with live baiting.
“Cruelty goes hand in hand with greyhound
Animal Liberation is one of the groups who have been
lobbying for many years to put an end to greyhound racing.
“It is not
a widely attended sport but it involved a few people making money off the
back of dogs — dogs that would be gotten rid of as soon as their racing
lives were over,” Ms Stoner said.
Ms Stoner although greyhound racing
had yet to be banned in other states, she was optimistic they would follow
“It’s taken an inquiry to end this unspeakable ‘sport’ —
if you can call it that — and the writing is now on the wall for other
states,” she said.
Ms Stoner said while there would be a challenge in
rehoming some of the greyhounds, more importantly the ban would put an end
to breeding greyhounds for racing in NSW.
“Even when the greyhounds
are kept alive, they are often kept in concrete boxes,’’ she said.
Stoner recently attend a protest outside the Irish consul in Sydney to
protest greyhound racing in Macau in Hong Kong. A ban on importing
Australian greyhounds to Macau had triggered trainers to source dogs in
“Macau is also likely to be shut down soon,’’ she said.
NSW premier Mike Baird said the greyhound industry in NSW — which employs
1000 people directly and earns $30 million in state revenue — would be shut
down completely from July next year.
The decision follows a Special
Commission of Inquiry, the findings of which were handed to the state
government last week.
It was ordered after a report on the ABC’s Four
Corners in February 2015 revealed that illegal practises such as the use of
piglets, possums and rabbits as live bait were rife in the Australian