This morning we led a public protest outside the Rydges Hotel in Auckland, where Greyhound Racing New Zealand’s AGM and awards ceremony was being held. We invited protesters to bring along their canine companions and demonstrate with us as part of a nationwide day of action to ban greyhound racing. We had an excellent turnout, many people brought their dogs along, and we received lots of positive feedback from the general public.
It’s estimated that around 600 dogs are euthanized per year as a result of over breading, lack of suitability to race, a short racing life and injury. Direct Animal action is part of a coalition of groups that are working hard towards a nationwide ban on greyhound racing. Greyhound racing is banned in many states of the US and is legal in only eight countries around the world. This week public actions against greyhound racing have swept the nation. New Zealanders love their dogs and they’ve shown this by standing up in outrage against the greyhound racing industry.
A massive thank you for all the support we received today, no animal should ever have to suffer for entertainment and we will keep fighting until greyhound racing is banned!!