NSW Premier Mike Baird speaks during the press conference announcing the government would close down the state's greyhound racing industry as of 1 July 2017.
NSW Premier Mike Baird speaks during the press conference announcing the government would close down the state's greyhound racing industry as of 1 July 2017. ANDI YU

Letter to the Editor: Premier stuff-ups

OUR premier needs to be dumped along with non-performing greyhounds. His only positive has been to make the PM look good.

After many get-out-of-jail cards, his list of irrational decisions have gone too far.

<square_bullet><TH>Compulsory use of E-petrol: I smell a Manildra Ethanol rat.

<square_bullet><TH>Banning grey shopping bags: Next he'll want meat and frozen stuff in paper bags.

<square_bullet><TH>Bottle Deposit: We already have a superb yellow bin system.

<square_bullet><TH>And his ultimate stupidity: Shutting down the Greyhound Racing Industry.

A conservationist told me 40 years ago: "If you want to protect a place or a species it has to earn its keep.” It's a lesson we seem to ignore.

If we close down greyhound racing, eventually greyhounds will be as rare as east coast emus. A current example. Milk product prices have dropped so low that dairy cows in their prime, are ending up being slaughtered because they could no longer "earn their keep”.

Whether we like it or not, we use animals for many purposes. We eat them, shear them, watch them, bet on them, and excluding pets they have to pay their own way.

A major responsibility is animals under our care must be treated in a humane manner. It would appear that unsuitable greyhounds, like the livestock we eat, are being humanely stunned or shot. More dud race horses go to the knackery than greyhounds, and the RSPCA puts down more than all the others combined. Should horse racing and pet ownership be banned too?

Another consideration is: "Are they having an adverse effect on other animals (wild dogs) or the environment (rabbits)? Our pets, and abandoned pets, do more damage than greyhounds.

If apparent maltreatment is the problem, require every greyhound to be registered and have them checked regularly by a vet including when they are put down.

But why close down the greyhound industry, which is no different to many others? In a country with a slowing economy and financial difficulties what rationale is there in closing a viable industry employing thousands of people, and which is enjoyed by thousands more?

We are not being told the whole story. I suspect one reason is that the government would take control of the tracks (on valuable public land), and sell them. But there must be more to it than that.

In the MDB the green/environmentalists have usurped enough of the farmer's water so their farms are no longer viable. They have the highest over 40 suicide rate in Australia. Will abandoned dogger's join them? They may. I wouldn't bet against it happening, no matter how good the odds.



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