ANIMAL and pet food suppliers in Orange are among a range of businesses that will be affected when greyhound racing is banned in NSW next year.
March Street Pet Foods and Mullion Produce, Pets & Saddlery both supply those in the greyhound industry and have installed petitions in their stores protesting the ban.
Mullion Produce, Pets & Saddlery employee Andrew Gallen said the store stocks several products specifically for greyhounds and that will have an effect when the ban kicks in.
“It’s not the main side of things but it will be a big hit,” Mr Gallen said.
“For that side of the business, the dog food side, it would be a significant hit. There’s a few different kibble lines and biscuits and supplements specifically for the greyhounds as well.
“We have quite a few of the local trainers coming and buying off us, not only dog food but waterers and feeders and the supplements they use.”
He said there were between 20 and 30 customers who were specifically greyhound-based clients and buy in bulk.
“It’s business as usual so far, they’ve got to keep feeding the dogs they’ve got and looking after them. I don’t know when that would start to peter out.”
Although he condemned the animal cruelty that provoked the NSW government to introduce a ban in 2017, he said more regulation would have been a better answer.
March Street Pet Foods owner Dianne Williams said the petition in her store opposing the ban was four pages long.
“We were a little bit down on the Friday when we found out about it but we’ve got to try and fight and do something about it,” Mrs Williams said.
She said about 30 per cent of the trainers and breeders in the Orange area come to her store so there will be a definite impact when those people are forced out of the industry.
“It could be a little bit more than 30 per cent,” Mrs Williams said.
“Some people order 200 kilograms of food at a time. It’s going to affect us in a big way. Lets hope they overturn it.”
She said the store has been running for 10 years but she has owned it for two and since then greyhounds have become a larger proportion of the business.
“Quite a large part of my business is greyhounds,” Mrs Williams said.
“As soon as we took over we approached all the greyhound guys.”
Although she said the ban would not force her business to close it would impact how much money they make and what they supply.
“We won’t be able to stock as much as what we used to, probably our sales will be down,” Mrs Williams said.