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People Still Want Greyhound Racing Ban, Greens Claim

Almost one hundred people gathered outside NSW Parliament on Wednesday to mark the one year anniversary of the greyhound racing backflip and to call for a shutdown of the industry.

The Greens claim since the ban was overturned, 700 dogs have died as a result of racing.

“ The original ban passed parliament after overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty, drugging, tens of thousands of deaths and a culture that treats greyhounds as disposable," Greens NSW MP and Animal Welfare Spokesperson Doctor Mehreen Faruqi said at the rally.

“We are here today because despite the backflip and the wholesale betrayal of the major parties, the community of animal lovers has not given up."

The State Government announced a new Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission to keep an eye on the sport in NSW, after going back on the ban.

“The welfare of greyhounds is our number one priority,” said Chief Executive Officer Tony Mestrov.

Another protest against the greyhound racing industry is planned for Saturday at Sydney Park.

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