20 Apr 2023

Swarbrick responds to govt delay on greyhound racing decision

From Checkpoint, 5:43 pm on 20 April 2023

A decision on the future of greyhound racing has been pushed back until after the election. A move animal rights advocates say is a betrayal.

The government put greyhound racing on notice at the end of 2021 telling it to improve animal welfare and be more transparent or risk being shut down altogether because of serious concerns about dog deaths and injuries.

The industry had until the end of last year to report back on improvements and it has.

But Racing Minister Kieran McAnulty, who took over the job from Grant Robertson, now says recent weather events mean the government has more pressing issues to deal with and a decision on the greyhound industry realistically will not come before the election.

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick says that's kicking thecan down road. She talks to Lisa Owen.