Greens want greyhound racing suspended and investigated
GREENS MP John Kaye has called for a suspension of all greyhound racing in NSW and the appointment of an independent taskforce to sweep through all training and racing facilities.
Dr Kaye, who wrote a dissenting report to a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the industry last year is also calling for Greyhound Racing NSW to be disbanded.
"The industry regulator Greyhound Racing NSW has lost any credibility it might have once claimed," he said.
Nothing less than a suspension of the industry and a commitment to disband Greyhound Racing NSW will ensure an end to the barbaric practice of possums and rabbits being mauled to death
- Greens MLC John Kaye
"Both NSW Labor and the Coalition must commit to legislation to abolish Greyhound Racing NSW on the very first day parliament sits after the election and NSW Racing Minister Troy Grant must also immediately suspend all races.
"Greyhounds that have been brutalised by live baiting have an unfair advantage akin to doping.
"Unless these greyhounds are suspended, money will continue to change hands on the outcomes of races that are effectively rigged."
Dr Kaye said allowing the industry to investigate its own problems will only produce "more of the same cover ups and influence peddling that has created the current animal welfare crisis".
"Without intervention, many of the greyhounds facing disqualification will be abandoned or killed," he said.
WHAT IS LIVE BAITING?
- The banned and illegal practice of "blooding" greyhounds during training with live game
- Involves rabbits, possums, and piglets being tied up on arm lures to excite dogs.
- The dogs start muzzled and then are "rewarded" after a few laps by having their muzzles removed, and maul the animals to death
- Anyone found guilty of the offence faces up to five years in jail and a $22,000 fine under the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Act
- Live baiting is also classes as cheating under the Greyhound Racing Rules, although there is no hard evidence it enhances performance.
"The industry has an appalling track record of re-homing greyhounds.
"Nothing less than a suspension of the industry and a commitment to disband Greyhound Racing NSW will ensure an end to the barbaric practice of possums and rabbits being mauled to death."
Last year Dr Kaye was critical that key recommendations made to the Parliamentary Inquiry were left out of their final report.
"The Committee glossed over critical evidence on the mistreatment of dogs, loopholes in drug testing and criticisms of the industry's governance.
"Evidence received by the committee made it clear that self-regulation has created a culture of bullying and secrecy and condones widespread mistreatment of animals.
"The inquiry created, for the first time, a body of evidence that cannot be ignored. The industry is operating outside the boundaries of community standards," Dr Kaye said.