Almost half of the 22 Queensland greyhound trainers banned for life over the live baiting scandal that threatened to bring the industry to its knees have had their penalties dramatically cut.
In the 12 months since revelations of the "likely widespread" use of the outlawed practice, nine trainers, including four who were found to have engaged in the outlawed practice, had their penalties dropped on appeal to periods of between five and 10 years.
Racing Queensland chief executive officer Ian Hall said the downgrades were the decisions of an independent appeals board but Animal Liberation Queensland labelled them "unacceptable".
Mr Hall refused to rule out the possibility live baiting was still going on in the industry.
The Queensland government and the greyhound industry were shocked into action after a Four Corners expose on February 16, 2015, showed graphic footage, shot by Animal Liberation Queensland, of live possums and piglets being used to "blood" dogs at a property in Churchable.
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