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There are 64 greyhound tracks across six Australian states.1 In 2015, there were 3,006 litters of greyhounds registered.2 There are 262 breeding kennels listed on, an online database maintained by dog racing gamblers.3 A majority of the greyhounds racing in Australia are bred in the country.

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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.4 Greyhounds Australasia also has a set of regulations; however, the rules of local controlling bodies take precedence over them.5

Across Australia, 44,403 documented injuries were recorded from 2016 through 2022. 6 Between 2015 and 2022, 19,822 deaths have been reported across six states.7

Betting on greyhound races is legal in Australia. In the last reported five years, total wagering, or “turnover,” on races rose from $5 billion in 2018 to over $10.6 billion in 2022, according to recent media reports.8 Seventy-five percent of turnover in 2021 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 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 not fast enough. 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

In October 2022, GREY2K USA Worldwide and the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds commissioned a nationwide survey to gauge public perspectives about greyhound racing. Our 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.

  1. "Greyhound Racing Tracks in Australia," Australian Racing Greyhound, (accessed March 2, 2020). The current total number of tracks accounts for the ban in the ACT, discontinuing racing at Canberra Greyhound track.
  2. "Australasian Statistics," Greyhounds Australasia (accessed May 12, 2016).
  3. "Greyhound breeder directory," Greyhound Data, (accessed August 25, 2016).
  4. "Rules of Greyhound Racing SA Limited," Greyhound Racing SA Limited, (accessed October 6, 2014); "Local Rules of Racing (Greyhound Racing)" Racing Queensland, 2012.
  5. "Greyhounds Australasia Rules," Greyhounds Australasia, (accessed October 6, 2014).
  6. “Injury Reports,” Greyhound Racing New South Wales, (accessed April 1, 2020); “Annual Reports 2017/18-2021/22,” Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission, (accessed May 19, 2023); “Lethal Tracks reports,” Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, (accessed May 19, 2023); “Greyhound Breeding, Race Injury and Retirement Quarterly Report (Q4) April 2019-June 2019,” Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, (accessed May 19, 2023); “Annual Reports,” TasRacing, (accessed May 19, 2023); “Annual Reports," Greyhounds WA, (accessed May 19, 2023).
  7. Ibid; Rachel Riga, “Greyhounds still killed in the hundreds as government and industry accused of dragging feet on reforms,” ABC, (accessed April 2, 2020); Matt Corby, “Media Statement,” Greyhound Racing SA, September 21, 2016; “Reports,” Greyhound Racing South Australia, (accessed April 3, 2020); Rod Andrewartha and Tony Murray, “Review of Arrangements for Animal Welfare in the Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Industry,” Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment, March 13, 2015; “2019 Annual Report,” TasRacing, (accessed April 2, 2020); “Greyhound Racing Victoria Annual Report 2018/2019,” Greyhound Racing Victoria, April 2, 2020); "Lethal Tracks reports," Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, (accessed March 19, 2023); "Annual Reports," Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission, (accessed May 16, 2022); "Annual reports," Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, (accessed May 16, 2022); "Annual Reports," TasRacing, (accessed May 16, 2022); "Annual Reports," Greyhound Racing Victoria, (accessed May 16, 2022); "Annual Reports," Greyhounds WA, (accessed May 16, 2022).
  8. Annual Reports, All Codes Racing Industry Board (Queensland), 2015-2021; Annual Reports, Greyhound Racing New South Wales, 2015-2021; Annual Reports, Greyhound Racing South Australia, 2015-2021; Annual Reports, Greyhound Racing Victoria, 2015-2021; Annual Reports, TasRacing, 2015-2021; Annual Reports, Western Australia Greyhound Racing Association, 2015-2021. Adam Dobbin, "Greyhound racing's $10bn wagering revival revealed," Racenet, December 20, 2022, (accessed May 15, 2023).
  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, (accessed September 6, 2019).
  11. McHugh, Michael, “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” New South Wales Government, June 16, 2016, (accessed September 6, 2019).
  12. “Key Findings of Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” The Sydney Morning Herald, July 7, 2016, (accessed September 5, 2019).

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