ACT Government to ban greyhound racing by end of June 2018
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The ACT Government has made moves to ban greyhound racing in the Territory by the end of June 2018.
The announcement follows off the back off an independent report that found legislative action was needed to put an end to the sport.
Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay has welcomed the decision, stating the ACT can't turn a blind-eye to the animal cruelty that was uncovered in New South Wales.
"There is no future for the greyhound industry in the ACT and we will continue to work with the local greyhound racing industry and animal welfare groups during this transition", he said.
Animal welfare group PETA has also welcomed the news, but has urged the ACT Government to go one step further and ban the breeding of greyhounds entirely.
While the ban is set to affect around 70 Canberrans, the Government will be providing $1 million to re-skill industry workers and re-home the greyhounds.
More info can be found at www.act.gov.au/greyhoundtaskforce