Greens Call for National Inquiry into Greyhound Industry

The SA Greens are supporting calls for a major inquiry into the greyhound racing industry in response to the barbaric and inhumane live baiting practices shown on ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ last night, which resulted in five properties being raided in NSW, Victoria and Queensland last week.

 

The SA Greens are supporting calls for a major inquiry into the greyhound racing industry in response to the barbaric and inhumane live baiting practices shown on ABC’s ‘Four Corners’ last night, which resulted in five properties being raided in NSW, Victoria and Queensland last week.

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC said the deplorable practices highlighted a dark underbelly to the greyhound racing industry.

“The footage on Four Corners last night was extremely disturbing. We saw animals including live possums, rabbits and piglets being fixed to mechanical lures and running around a track suffering serious injuries and horrific deaths,” Ms Franks said.

“This behaviour by greyhound trainers interstate is illegal, inhumane and utterly deplorable.

“This animal cruelty warrants immediate action, and today we call for a major inquiry into the greyhound industry.

“While South Australian trainers have not been implicated, the Four Corners investigation shows that ‘self regulation’ of the industry does not work. The trainers implicated may well be racing in our state, as well as the eastern seaboard.

“I echo my federal and Eastern state Greens colleagues’ calls for an immediate suspension of all funding and incentive schemes to the greyhound industry, pending a comprehensive independent investigation.

“The fact that Greyhound Racing SA’s CEO Matt Corby is horrified by what he saw, and also concedes that existing monitoring processes are insufficient, is further impetus to act. Greyhound Racing SA can show leadership by pressuring their interstate counterparts to act.

“I reiterate my previous call on the Government to urgently establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare to ensure that cruel practices like this cannot continue.

“We also support the RSPCA’s calls for greater transparency around ‘wastage’ and the number of animals being euthanised. I will soon introduce legislation to ensure greater transparency and mandatory reporting of these rates.

“We commend Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Australia Queensland for exposing this extreme and abhorrent animal cruelty. It shows yet again why the SA Government’s recent attacks on the ability for such footage to be broadcast in the public interest were so misguided.”

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