Statement from Kristie Johnston MP on the release of information from Animal Liberation Tasmania about the greyhound Princess (racing name Zipping Princess).
The tragic story of Princess highlights yet again that the greyhound racing industry see greyhounds as commodities that can be tossed aside when they no longer make them money.
I have been concerned for some time about greyhounds that go “missing” from the industry. As part of their business model, the industry breeds far more dogs than it needs each year and they describe the surplus as “wastage”. Some of these dogs are rescued and rehomed through organisations such as the RSPCA, the Dogs Home, Brightside Farm Sanctuary, but many simply disappear classified as “privately rehomed”.
The Office of Racing Integrity has tried to reassure me in the past that dogs privately rehomed are traceable and that their welfare is assured. I simply do not believe it and Princess is evidence that many are not.
Clearly “private rehoming” is industry code for “disposing”. No checks, no records, and no care or responsibility. Yet again the greyhounds suffer, the community are disgusted but the industry and Government continue on business as usual.
The Animal Liberation Tasmania report can be found at https://fb.watch/nbiuuMO85D/