While I believe the community has evolved enough so we can seek entertainment via other, more humane means, if racing is banned 1000s of dogs are suddenly going to be in jeopardy.
As the government receives income from racing and is also supposed to be overseeing the industry I believe they should be contributing to the cost of re-training and re-homing of the dogs. At the moment the task is left to members of the community who are mostly unfunded like Grey Hounds as Pets
According to the ABC's Four Corners, approximately 17 000 grey hounds are euthanised a year. If the racing industry is banned or pressured we may find many more dogs are suddenly in a perilous situation and will need a new home urgently.
Rescues and the public will need to be aware of the consequences when calling for a ban on greyhound racing. I for one are prepared to try and re-home any dog that needs a new home. Will the public be prepared to adopt them? Grey hounds are mostly very well behaved, affectionate dogs that make wonderful family pets.
But to save the volume of dogs that are potentially about to flood the re-homing market GAP and other rescues/shelters are going to need government funding. And we as the public need to lobby the government to meet their obligations.