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66 Tracks

The Australian greyhound racing industry consists of eight different state and territory governing bodies.1 These bodies are responsible for regulating the greyhound racing activities at the clubs in their areas. There are 67 racing clubs in the country that race at 66 different greyhound tracks.2 Representatives from each of the state and territory bodies make up Greyhounds Australasia, the national supporting body for greyhound racing in Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, a total of 40,978 greyhound races were held throughout Australia.3



A majority of the greyhounds racing in Australia were bred in the country. In 2015, there were 3,006 litters of greyhounds registered.4 There are 261 breeding kennels listed on greyhound-data.com, an online database maintained by dog racing gamblers.5

Each governing state and territory body has its own set of racing rules that include regulations regarding registrations for dogs, clubs and individuals, race meeting requirements and policies on doping.6 Greyhounds Australasia also has a set of regulations; however, the rules of local controlling bodies take precedence over them.7

Betting on greyhound races is legal in Australia. In the last five years, total wagering, or “turnover,” on races rose from $1.7 billion in 2012 to over $4.1 billion in 2016.8 Seventy-five percent of turnover in 2016 came from the states of Victoria and New South Wales.9

The mass slaughter of greyhounds in the greyhound industry is euphemistically called “wastage.” An internal Greyhounds Australasia report revealed that the industry is responsible for the unnecessary deaths of 13,000 to 17,000 healthy greyhounds each year.10

The “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” known as the McHugh Report, was published in 2016.11 The report found that at least 50% of greyhound puppies whelped were deliberately killed because they were incapable of being competitive racing greyhounds. The evidence also showed that 40% of greyhounds whelped never make it to the track. The Commission found that breeding needed to be drastically reduced in order for the problem of the mass slaughter of greyhounds to be solved.12



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  1. "Members," Greyhounds Australasia, galtd.org.au (accessed October 6, 2014).
  2. "Australasia racing statistics," Greyhounds Australasia, galtd.org.au (accessed August 25, 2016). Greyhounds Australasia has failed to update its national statistics since 2011; "Australian tracks," Greyhound Races, greyhoundraces.com.au (accessed August 25, 2016).
  3. Ibid.   
  4. Ibid.
  5. "Greyhound breeder directory," Greyhound Data, greyhound-data.com (accessed August 25, 2016).
  6. "Rules of Greyhound Racing SA Limited," Greyhound Racing SA Limited, sa.thedogs.com.au (accessed October 6, 2014); "Local Rules of Racing (Greyhound Racing)" Racing Queensland, 2012, greyhoundracingqueensland.com (accessed October 6, 2014).
  7. "Greyhounds Australasia Rules," Greyhounds Australasia, sa.thedogs.com.au (accessed October 6, 2014).
  8. Annual Reports, All Codes Racing Industry Board (Queensland), 2013-2016; Annual Report, Canberra Greyhound Racing Club Inc, 2015; Annual Reports, Greyhound Racing New South Wales, 2012-2016; Annual Reports, Greyhound Racing South Australia, 2008-2016; Annual Reports, Greyhound Racing Victoria, 2013-2016; Annual Reports, TasRacing, 2010-2016; Annual Reports, Western Australia Greyhound Racing Association, 2003-2016.
  9. Ibid.
  10. Brown, Michelle. “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 September 6, 2019).
  11. McHugh, Michael, “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” New South Wales Government, June 16, 2016, greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au (accessed September 6, 2019).
  12. “Key Findings of Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” The Sydney Morning Herald, July 7, 2016, smh.com.au (accessed September 5, 2019).

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