23 Jan 2024

Greyhound advocates record +30C temperatures in dog trailers

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 23 January 2024

Imagine this, it's up to 28 degrees in the afternoon sun, with stifling humidity and you're forced to sprint more than half a kilometre as fast as you possibly can.

It's ruthless and exactly what's happening to greyhound racing dogs; according to animal welfare advocates.

The Labour government put the industry on notice, telling it to improve animal welfare or risk being shut down altogether and during the election campaign Christopher Luxon said he supported a ban.

At a race meet in Manukau on Sunday, one of the hottest Auckland days this summer, animal advocates say they used infrared thermometers to also measure the air-temperature just outside vehicles transporting greyhounds from the track.