Track injuries and death

Last updated 21 October 2020

At the time this article was written (September 2020), there have been a huge 6772 track-related injuries and 150 deaths in Australian greyhound racing this year alone. Despite participants claiming to love their dogs, they routinely place them in the high risk conditions of track racing, where injuries are commonplace, and can be fatal for dogs. Injuries range from milder muscle and soft tissue injuries through to major fractures, collapse and sudden, traumatic death.

A greyhound who collapsed on an Australian track.

In 2017, the industry commissioned a study to find ways to reduce the injury and death rates of this supposed ‘sport’. Despite this, the industry have continually failed to implement any of the recommendations from the report (University of Technology Sydney. Identifying optimal greyhound track design for greyhound safety and welfare. Phase I Report Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016), showing their complete disregard for welfare science in preference for profit.