ACT Greens animal welfare spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur has today launched a package to transition the ACT's greyhound racing industry.
"The greyhound racing industry in the ACT is small, exploitative and expensive," said Ms Le Couteur.
"The greyhound racing industry is subsidised to the tune of $1 million every year. Now that we're committed to winding down this cruel industry, we need a plan that focuses on helping workers transition into new jobs and on the welfare of the greyhounds.
"Our transition plan will redirect those government subsidies into a package that helps rehome and rehabilitate the dogs.
"It includes funding for our rescue organisations, improved support to foster carers, and payments for vets checks and treatments.
"It also includes funding for those involved in the industry to re-train, and plans for the public to have a say on the future of the Symonston racetrack," said Ms Le Couteur.
Ms Le Couteur noted that today's announcement coincides with today's march for greyhounds.
"We've chosen to launch this package on the same day that the community is honouring greyhounds who have been bred, exploited and then discarded by the racing industry.
"The community has made it clear that there can be no stepping away from our decision to close down the greyhound industry. We now need to give the industry a clear timeline and transitional support as soon as possible.
"The ACT has a proud history of progressive animal welfare reform. To live up to this standard, we need to see this ban through," concluded Ms Le Couteur.
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