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|Greyhound supporters pay their respects during the March for the Murdered Million: Photo: Edward Dieppe|
Thousands of Greyhound owners and animal welfare groups marched around the country to pay their respects to the millions of racing Greyhounds who have unnecessarily died in this cruel industry, since the inception of Greyhound racing.
In NSW, the "March for the Murdered Million" remembered the 70,000 healthy dogs killed over the past 12 years for being too slow, drowned at birth or euthanised after injuries.
This event also celebrated NSW Premier Mike Baird's landmark decision on July 7, 2016 to legislate and ban Greyhound racing in NSW, with the ACT following suit.
From 1 July 2017, it will be illegal to race and breed Greyhounds in NSW. "The public cannot continue to provide enough homes for the sheer volume deliberately farmed by the industry in the hope of finding a winner." says Greyhound rescuer Nora Anderson.
|March for the Murdered Million in Hyde Park, Sydney - Photo Credit: Edward Dieppe|
Participants were encouraged to wear black attire or at least a black arm band to strike a chord and deliver a strong message that no dog losses or injuries through racing are acceptable.
As it is still facing strong opposition from vested interest groups, we all need to ensure that the proposed ban on Greyhound racing is signed into legislation by parliament.
Please contact your local representatives to ensure that they will support the ban in NSW when parliament sits by visiting savethegreyhounds.org/#take-action
|Millie the "bionic" Greyhound (suffered from a traumatically amputated paw) - Photo: Edward Dieppe|
When: Sunday 24th July, from 11am to 1pm
Where: Hyde Park (near Archibald Fountain) - start & finish.
More details on this event (including where to park) are available on the Event's page.
For details of all the other rallies held across Australia, please visit the individual events' pages below:
Melbourne - Parliament House, Spring Street
Brisbane - Queens Park
Canberra - Nara Peace Park, Flynn Drive
Perth - Wilson Park, South Beach, Fremantle
Adelaide - Elder Park to Pinkie Flat
Hobart - Parliament Lawns
Townsville - Townsville Pet Expo, Jazzine Barracks from 10am
Cairns - 10am at the Esplanade