Greyhound racing banned in NSW

by Steven Clarke July 10, 2016, 13:11
Greyhound racing banned in NSW

The state government's shock decision this week to ban greyhound racing in NSW will no doubt send reverberations around the Hunter.

The investigation, chaired by an Australian high court judge, has resulted in New South Wales premier Mike Baird calling a halt on greyhound racing in the state from next July.

The report also claimed up to 20 per cent of trainers engaged in live baiting and 180 greyhounds sustained "catastrophic injuries" during races annually, such as skull fractures and broken backs.

In the last 12 years somewhere between 48,891 and 68,448 dogs were killed in NSW because they were considered too slow to pay their way or were unsuitable for racing.

"We have strategies to counteract loss of revenue so I'm not concerned on that level", V'landys said.

Greyhound racing has been suspended immediately in Kempsey and will be banned totally in NSW from July 2017.

Four Australian states - NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania - subsequently launched inquiries into greyhound racing. But he said the report showed that the benefits of the dog racing industry did not outweigh the shortcomings.

Baird said an inquiry conducted by a special commission had found that the industry was incapable of reforming itself, leaving him no option but a ban, reports ABC.

But Ms Ven Dange, who has been lobbying for the ban for several years, said the ACT government "had no choice but to copy the ban".

"As a humane and responsible government, we are left with no acceptable course of action except to close this industry down", Baird said.

But he said there was no evidence of similar behaviour in South Australia and if anyone had any information regarding cruelty or corrupt activity they should contact police, the government or the RSPCA.

"Greyhound racing has been banned in many countries and many states of the USA and is legal in only eight countries around the world".

He believes the report of the special commission is flawed, saying in his 50 years in the industry he's never heard of the so-called prominent greyhound trainer who was interviewed by the commission and stated that live baiting was widespread.

He is a regular at the Hastings River (Wauchope) Greyhound Racing Club which has 15 meetings a year, and he says it's a lovely track.

The practice of live-baiting, where live animals are used as bait to be chased by dogs in training sessions, was widespread.

Greyhound racing is to be shut down in New South Wales Australia, following the livebaiting scandal.

While greyhound racing is a small component of the state's $3.3 billion racing industry, the sector still has about 2,781 full-time jobs.

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