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WA euthanased greyhound figures revealed

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Western Australia's greyhound industry regulator says it is focused on increasing adoptions, with revelations in state parliament that 371 animals were put down in the past year.

The greyhounds were euthanased for several reasons - 96 because they were not suitable for racing, 88 because they were deemed unfit for re-homing and 187 due to training or track injuries.

Racing and Wagering WA said on Friday their focus was on "investing in strategies and programs to further improve rates of re-homing and continue to reduce euthanasia rates of the industry".

"When a greyhound retires from the racing industry, at any age, RWWA will aim to achieve every healthy and behaviourally sound greyhound being rehomed," the statement said.

More than 600 greyhounds were re-homed in the past year and RWWA said it had increased its investment in the Greyhound as Pets adoption program from $120,000 in 2014-2015 to almost $500,000 this year.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said the industry remained cruel, with 860 greyhounds dying between 2013-2015.

She said the only change in the past two years was that inhumane practices were exposed by whistleblowers.

"This kind of dismissive response to the outrage people feel when they learn the numbers of animals killed as 'wastage' of the sport or after incurring painful track injuries is precisely why the investigation in NSW concluded that greyhound racing must be stopped," Ms MacLaren said.

"The industry claims it can do better but what happens when the whistleblowers aren't there or the media turn to another hot topic?

"Business as usual in the greyhound racing industry is no longer acceptable."

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