Two greyhounds die at New Zealand races  

Two greyhounds die at New Zealand races

Two greyhounds lost their lives following a race at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway in New Zealand on Thursday. The dogs Jovita and Palawa Queen were euthanized after suffering severe fractures, animal welfare organization SAFE for Animals said.

SAFE called for an immediate ban on greyhound racing in New Zealand. Will Appelbe, SAFE’s Head of Investigations, expressed his frustration over the continued suffering and deaths of greyhounds on racing tracks despite significant public support for a ban.

An independent poll by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) revealed that 74% of New Zealanders would vote to ban greyhound racing if given the chance.

“It’s deeply frustrating that greyhounds continue to experience such extreme suffering despite our repeated calls for change,” Appelbe said.

Over the last decade, three separate reviews have recommended substantial changes to the greyhound racing industry in New Zealand. 

“For New Zealand to truly advance in animal welfare, a comprehensive ban on greyhound racing is not just preferable—it is essential. We urge the Prime Minister to step up and ban this industry, once and for all,” Appelbe concluded.

Greyhound Racing

Greyhound racing is a competitive sport where greyhounds chase a mechanical lure around an oval track. It has been a significant industry in countries like Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

However, the sport has faced increasing scrutiny and decline due to animal welfare concerns and decreasing popularity.

Greyhound racing has seen a dramatic decline in the United States, with only two active tracks remaining in West Virginia as of 2024. The sport is banned or inactive in 43 states, primarily due to growing awareness of the industry’s ethical issues, including high rates of injuries and deaths among racing dogs.

Australia, on the other hand, continues to have an active greyhound racing industry, regulated by state authorities. However, it also faces criticism and calls for reform to ensure better welfare for the dogs.

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