Making Something Illegal Doesn’t Stop It: NSW Greyhound Racing

New South Wales from July 1 2017, will ban greyhound racing, lead by Premier Mike Baird, in response to ‘mistreatment of animals’.

Anyway, I very much doubt Mike Baird is a vegetarian, and therefore why should he have any concern for greyhounds in particular.

With the recent lock out laws, Mike Baird just seems to like to ban things.

This announcement has come because of a ‘special commission of inquiry’ found evidence of animal cruelty, which included greyhound killings and live baiting.

The mistreatment of animals is a problem and that is associated to greyhound racing, however as economics tells us ‘making something illegal doesn’t stop it’.

As cruel to animals the racing industry is, the government policy is far worse.

Even if government policy has good intention, it doesn’t counter for the fact of unseen consequences, in particular there are substitute goods and underground businesses.

What substitute good you say, well that could be increased horse racing or the racing of other dogs like whippets or other animals.

Personally, you should never support an industry that mistreats animals, let’s say however, that making it illegal stops it what would the industry do with the hundreds of greyhounds?

Greyhounds coming from a hunter breed, owners currently have to license their dog with about 7,000 registered in NSW, all of which will need to be re-homed, transferred to other states or put down.

Most owners take good care of their racing greyhounds, if the greyhound is not properly cared for the reason might be because the owner has not enough money, and therefore taking away racing limits the owners profit motive to care.

Morally anyone should look after animals no matter what, however rather than creating more reasons to not care for greyhounds, shouldn’t these owners who mistreat animals be subject under the law and be jailed.

Also, the money spent on shutting the entire industry down, could have had otherwise gone toward re-homing dog centers, or limiting sport enhancing drugs.

It’s surprising the Australian government doesn’t make football or sports illegal, with the amount of sport enhancing drugs they use.

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