After two years of planning, Logan Deputy Mayor, Russell Lutton insists on completing the construction of a $25 million greyhound racing facility in Logan, Queensland, Australia. Lutton feels the track is an ideal addition to the current landfill site:
Lutton’s comment sparks an important question: what exactly will this race track bring to the community? Despite the mayor’s optimism, opposition to the racing facility continues, with concerns about risks both people and animals may face: gambling debt and animal mistreatment.
As an animal rights activist, this petition’s author, Kisha Giannangelo, wrote a letter to Logan citizens with these two reasons for her concerns: 1) Gambling is a method of extracting taxation from communities without their awareness that it’s a harmful or involuntary enterprise, and 2) Greyhound racing is responsible for the deaths of as many as 20,000 greyhound pups every year. Furthermore, greyhound racing has been recognized as an inherently cruel sport and consequently abolished in 6 states in the US.
Gambling addiction is a serious problem that continues to land people in debt and in need of counseling and financial help. Greyhounds used for racing are often mistreated, then put to death or abandoned when no long fast enough or needed at the track. So the question remains, who will this track benefit once built?
Giannangelo summed her feelings up with this Paul Harvey quote: “Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote.”
You have the power to speak up for animals. Sign this petition if you want to stop the construction of a new greyhound track in Logan, Australia.