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Greyhound Racing in Tasmania is supported by significant amounts of Government Funding. Nearly two thirds of Tasracing’s revenue comes from Government funding.
A review of the racing industry in Tasmania conducted by the Department of Treasury and Finance found that Tasmania has the highest per capita funding of any State in Australia. Funding in Tasmania is more than $58 per person, compared to just over $6 in Victoria or $4 in South Australia.
The 2020 Treasury review also found that:
‘Wastage’ is an industry term for the premature death of greyhounds who are euthanised because they are injured or simply because they are not fast enough or unsuitable to race.
A 2016 Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing in Tasmania Review heard evidence of significant overbreeding and high wastage and the Select Committee found that “the wastage rates of healthy greyhounds in Tasmania is unacceptable.” They also found that ” wastage rates are likely to be higher than reported” because of poor monitoring and incomplete data.
Download the Committee’s report.
In 2020 Let Greyhounds Run Free analysed records of live Greyhound pups born in Tasmania between 2016 and 2018 and cross matched them with the dogs registered to race in subsequent years. They found that each year, a significant percentage of pups ‘disappeared’. From 2016-18, 262 puppies (31% of all births recorded) could not be accounted for. Learn more.
Tasracing reports annually on breeding of greyhounds, registrations and retirements from racing, but this data is self-reported by trainers with no independent verification.