Former racing chief denies live baiting 'widespread'

GREYHOUND Racing NSW's former chief has maintained at an inquiry into live baiting that he did not believe the practice was a widespread problem.

When Brent Hogan faced the inquiry's public hearing into the industry on Thursday, he was reportedly presented with a 2010 GRNSW report listing live baiting as an issue.

AAP reported that the document stated the "use of 'live' animals in training" was a critical issue.

Mr Hogan was said to have told the hearing the report did not mean it was a current issue, and a critical problem was the use of dead animals that could be mistaken for live animals.

The GRNSW head was removed following the Four Corners report into the use of live animals such as piglets, rabbits and possums in training.

Counsel-assisting the commission Stephen Rushton said on Monday that Mr Hogan suggested in media statements that live baiting was confined to a few individuals.

But Mr Rushton said GRNSW knew otherwise.

The racing body's other former board members are also expected to give evidence.

The public hearing continues on Friday.

- APN NEWSDESK


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