Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Huge stake money increases for the racing industry


The New Zealand Racing Board has announced huge stake money increases for the racing industry, and animal welfare advocates are crying foul.

The increases totalling 24 million over two years are an affront to the industries animal welfare crisis, activists claim.

“This is 24 Million dollars of tax-exempt earnings straight into the pockets of racing industry beneficiaries, and not a cent for the Greyhound Adoption Program nor any efforts to care for ex-racing horses” Says Aaron Cross, spokesperson for the Greyhound Protection League.

“The industries wastage is a huge animal welfare concern, and yet the GAP program relies on volunteers begging on the streets to save a lucky minority of greyhounds lives’ he says.

“Putting money into the pockets of those causing the animal welfare crisis while the GAP program struggles to rehome a minority of industry ‘wastage” speaks volumes about the racing industries agenda.”

Despite years of reform in the greyhound racing industry, Mr Cross said that the outcomes for greyhounds had changed little, and despite promises, the industry remained defiant with regard to transparent injury reporting and reporting on the numbers of slow greyhounds culled as a result of being poor financial investments.

“the industry and government strategy is to keep the public in the dark and hope that not too many people become concerned enough to cause problems.”

“Greyhounds are dogs, not ATM machines. We as a country cherish dogs, and the greyhound racing industry acts in many ways that are at odds with mainstream values and responsible dog ownership.”

“It’s obscene and barbaric that we regard animals as disposable in order to conduct gambling business” says Mr Cross.

“This money will do nothing but further the suffering and wastage of animals for a non-essential entertainment industry.”

“This prioritisation tells us everything we need to know about the Racing Boards values. Profit first, looking after its animals somewhere else down the line.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election