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New SA greyhound racing track going ahead

AAP logoAAP 5/09/2016 Marnie Banger

Plans for a new greyhound racetrack in South Australia are going ahead despite the NSW industry ban and increasing pressure from animal rights activists.

Greyhound Racing SA's proposed track in Murray Bridge was provisionally approved by the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) in May, with construction likely to begin within a year.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is now urging people to message SA Racing Minister Leon Bignell to ask him to stop the development.

PETA says Greyhound Racing SA has refused to release information about how many race dogs are killed in the state.

A separate online petition to stop the $7.4 million racetrack has more than 60,000 signatures so far.

Mr Bignell says the state government will continue to support the SA greyhound racing industry, which is on track to reach its target of zero deaths in the sport in SA by 2018.

"The industry has worked hard in recent years to ensure the highest standards for animals and that proper processes are in place to prevent illegal activities," he said recently.

"There has been no evidence that the sport in South Australia has problems like those uncovered interstate, but we will continue to closely monitor and work with the industry."

Acting Planning Minister Tom Koutsantonis said DAC made the call about whether or not to approve the racetrack, not the government.

"The Development Assessment Commission is a statutory body, separate from government, that makes independent decisions on development applications," he said.

Greyhound Racing SA has been contacted for comment.

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