64 Tracks

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There are 64 greyhound tracks across six Australian states.1 There were 30,608 documented injuries and 3,864 deaths reported between 2020 and 2022.2

In October 2022, GREY2K USA Worldwide and the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds commissioned a nationwide survey to gauge current perspectives on greyhound racing. Our joint poll was conducted by Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies in conjunction with Oz Info and Dynata and showed that 57% of Australians support an end to dog racing. Watch our results video.

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The mass slaughter of unwanted and surplus greyhounds is callously referred to as “wastage.” A 2015 internal Greyhounds Australasia report revealed that the industry was responsible for the deaths of 13,000 to 17,000 healthy greyhounds (unwanted puppies and ex-racers) each year.3 The latest figures available show 12,144 greyhounds bred to race in 2021.4 There are 271 known breeding kennels.5

The “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” known as the McHugh Report, was published in 2016.6 The report found that at least 50% of New South Wales greyhound puppies whelped were deliberately killed because they were not fast enough. The evidence also documented that 40% of New South Wales puppies born simply disappeared.

Mass grave in Australia Greyhounds buried in a mass grave at Keinbah Trial Track. (Clive Steirn)

Since the release of these reports breeding has decreased by roughly one third, but there are still thousands more greyhounds bred than homing capacity in Australia.7 In fact, the Australian dog racing industry is breeding roughly six times as many greyhounds as they have the capacity to home and community rescue groups are homing more greyhounds than industry homing groups.8

Unfortunately, greyhound gambling is on the rise. In the last reported five years, total wagering, or “turnover,” rose from AUS $5 billion in 2018 to over AUS $10.6 billion in 2022. Seventy-five percent of turnover in 2021 came from two states, Victoria and New South Wales.9

  1. "Greyhound Racing Tracks in Australia," Australian Racing Greyhound, australianracinggreyhound.com (accessed June 6, 2023). The current total number of tracks accounts for the ban in the ACT, discontinuing racing at Canberra Greyhound track.
  2. "Lethal Tracks reports," Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, greyhoundcoalition.com (accessed May 19, 2023).
  3. Michelle Brown, "Greyhound industry kills up to 17,000 young dogs, warned about being shut down, inquiry hears," ABC News, September 28, 2015, abc.net.au (accessed June 6, 2023).
  4. "2020/21 Annual Report," Greyhound Welare & Integrity Commission, April 2021-June 2021, gwic.nsw.gov.au, p. 26 (accessed June 6, 2023); "Greyhound Breeding, Race Injury and retirement," Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, April 2021-June 2021, qric.qld.gov.au, p. 3 (acessed June 6, 2023); "Annual Report 2021/2022," Grehound Racing Victoria, grv.org.au, p. 9 (accessed June 6, 2023); "Annual Report 2022," Tasracing, tasracingcorporate.com.au, p. 16 (accessed June 6, 2023); "2021/22 Industry Status Report," Racing and Wagering Western Australia, rwwa.com.au, p. 40 (accessed June 6, 2023); "2020-21 Annual Report," Greyhound Racing SA, oldsa.thedogs.com.au, p. 13 (accessed June 6, 2023).
  5. "Greyhound breeder directory," Greyhound Data, greyhound-data.com (accessed June 6, 2023).
  6. Michael Mchugh, "Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry," New South Wales Government, June 16, 2016, greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au (accessed June 6, 2023); "Key Findings of Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry," The Sydney Morning Herald, July 7, 2016, smh.com.au (accessed June 6, 2023).
  7. "A GAPing hole 2020/21 Update," Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, greyhoundcoalition.com (accessed June 6, 2023); "The Australian and New Zealand Greyhound Stud Book," Greyhounds Australasia Limited, Volume 70, p. 9 (accessed June 6, 2023).
  8. Donna Lu, "Australian racing industry ‘failing miserably’ to rehome greyhounds as adoption flatlines," The Guardian, August 27, 2022, theguardian.com (accessed April 3, 2024).
  9. Calculations by GREY2K USA using figures in Annual Reports from 2018-2021; Adam Dobbin, "Greyhound racing's $10bn wagering revival revealed," Racenet, December 20,2022, racenet.com.au (accessed May 15, 2023).

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