A Commission of Inquiry has found that the racing industry treated the public with disdain over live baiting.
A Commission of Inquiry has found that the racing industry treated the public with disdain over live baiting. Mike Knott

Public "treated with disdain" by greyhound racing industry

PUBLIC confidence may have been dealt a terminal blow by the exposure of what is likely to have been a widespread practice of live baiting in the greyhound racing industry, a Commission of Inquiry has found.

"To put it simply, if those in the industry have participated in the archaic and barbaric practice of live baiting they have let the entire industry down and have treated the public with disdain," said Mr Alan MacSporran QC, Commissioner of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry commission.

On 16 February 2015, the ABC's Four Corners program aired footage of greyhound trainers using live animals, such as piglets, rabbits and possums for baiting greyhounds (a practice known as 'live baiting') in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

That these practices were allowed to happen at all in this day and age was a sad reflection on the state of the greyhound racing industry and those who participate in it whether for pleasure or profit, said Mr MacSporran.

He said the system of self-regulation had failed to ensure integrity in the industry or to safeguard animal welfare.

The Commission has recommended that a new statutory authority, including members independent from the racing industry, be created.

It has also recommended that a more comprehensive database of information on individual greyhounds be established and that money from a  breeding incentive program, be redirected to animal welfare.

The New South Wales Special Commission of Inquiry will formally open on June 10, 2015 and is expected to report on September 30, 2015.

To read the report go to: http://www.greyhoundreview.qld.gov.au/pdf/final-report-1-june-2015.pdf

 



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