Greyhound Racing NZ mentioned that they’re on monitor to report a discount in greyhound deaths this season. Photograph / Bevan Conley
5 canines had been euthanised following racing at Whanganui’s Hatrick Raceway in a three-week interval, prompting calls from an animal rights group to shut the monitor pending an investigation.
The Ministry for Main Industries says it intends to speak to Greyhound Racing NZ (GRNZ) and the monitor operators to find out if there are any animal welfare points.
Regardless of the deaths – the newest of which resulted in a gathering being deserted – the governing physique of greyhound racing says it’s a “well-regulated sport”.
GRNZ has additionally ordered the manufacture of a brand new monitor groomer for Whanganui following final week’s deserted racing. It has now arrived on the venue.
“It’s able to delivering a really constant racing floor for each race or trial,” GRNZ mentioned in a press release to the Chronicle.
The 5 canines, all of which raced at Whanganui’s Hatrick Raceway, had been euthanised between December 18 and January 6.
Stewards stories present two of the animals suffered fractured or dislocated hocks (ankle), whereas one other suffered a ruptured abdomen.
One canine suffered a fractured hind tarsal bone, whereas one other was euthanised following gastric dilation and volvulus (twisted gut).
The deaths have angered animal rights group SAFE, which this week mentioned the deaths had been unacceptable.
“Greyhound racing is harmful, and these canines belong on somebody’s sofa, not the racetrack. A ban on greyhound racing is lengthy overdue,” SAFE spokesman Will Applebe mentioned.
“The 5 canines killed on the Whanganui racetrack is appalling and warrants a right away investigation. The buck stops with MPI they usually should intervene.”
Greyhound Racing NZ declined the Chronicle’s request for an interview, however in an emailed assertion mentioned the security of racing canines was a precedence.
It mentioned two of the deaths had been “abdomen points and weren’t associated to racing”.
One stewards’ report mentioned one of many canines was euthanised after being identified as affected by gastric dilatation and volvulus instantly after finishing a race.
“All the pieces we do is about bettering and defending the racing expertise and the welfare of our greyhounds. That is our responsibility of care as guardians of the game,” GRNZ mentioned.
“Final season, GRNZ reported euthanasia to be down 40 per cent. The present season is 5 months previous and GRNZ is on monitor to report one other vital discount in euthanasia.”
MPI mentioned it could discuss to GRNZ about whether or not there have been any animal welfare points.
“The place there are breaches of animal welfare guidelines MPI investigates,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“The suspension of racing at any monitor is a query for its operators and the New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit, which has oversight. MPI doesn’t have the authorized energy to shut a monitor.”
Hatrick Raceway has been approached for remark.