Greyhound whole of life tracking

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Annie Hendley
2/11 Wynflo Street
Total Signatures - 5,044
Sponsoring Member: Mr Sam O'Connor MP
Posting Date: 12/7/2021
Closing Date: 19/11/2021
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that current Queensland legislation is not adequate to protect racing greyhounds from unnecessary euthanasia.

In June 2020, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission announced a newly developed online registration and licensing system providing "holistic greyhound life-cycle tracking." However, in common with the recently announced e-tracking system in NSW, greyhounds are only tracked from "birth to de-registration". This does not reflect the greyhound lifecycle which extends from birth, through retirement, to death. In May 2021 a Bill was introduced to the NSW Parliament which will allow genuine whole-of-life tracking from birth to death of all greyhounds that have been involved in the racing industry.

In 2015, a leaked Greyhounds Australasia document stated: "the industry is responsible for the unnecessary deaths of between 13,000 and 17,000 healthy greyhounds every year". An analysis of the greyhound population in Queensland for FY2019/20 has shown that up to 500 greyhounds cannot be accounted for.

A major point of vulnerability for greyhounds is when they are retired and removed from state racing registries. At this point, owners can sell or give, their dogs to a third party as a companion animal. Unless the new owner elects to register the greyhound as a companion animal, to all intents and purposes the greyhound does not exist and can be euthanased.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to introduce a publicly available system that tracks greyhounds for their entire life including breeding, naming, raising, training, racing, retirement, rehoming and death.