VIDEO UPDATE: Community calls for end to greyhound racing
ONE to two dogs are put down every week after sustaining injuries on the race track and 40% of greyhound puppies were put down in 2014 because they were considered "wastage".
These figures for NSW greyhound racing form part of the reason protesters gathered in Lismore today to call for an end to the industry.
Animal Justice Party candidate Anna Ludvik organised the rally alongside animal health retreat Golden Paw Tregeagle.
Ms Ludvik said the industry had been tolerated for decades and it was time to shut it down.
"We wanted to take action locally to show that Lismore cares about the national day of action to shut down greyhound racing," she said.
"We've shown the level of passion in the community for people to come out and say enough is enough.
"These animals are far too beautiful ... to be put through the kind of long- term suffering they've had to endure."
Paula Whitehead attended the rally with Ruby the greyhound, which is up for adoption.
Ms Whitehead has a greyhound and four other rescue dogs.
"They're beautiful dogs, and everybody here is just trying to stop the greyhound racing industry - it's very cruel," she said.
"Only a small percentage of greyhounds bred every year are given for adoption, and the rest are either put to sleep or killed in a very cruel manner."
Ms Ludvik said it had been shown the industry was not sustainable.
"The industry has shown over many years and many enquiries and many attempts to improve it that it's not able to lift its game, that the welfare of animals is not at the core of their concerns," she said.
"It is a social disgrace that this is what's still going on in 2016 in Australia."
The rally began at the Lismore Greyhound Raceway on Molesworth St and ended at Lismore Park.
Select Committee on Greyhound Racing in NSW: Greyhound racing in New South Wales.
Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in New South Wales.