The Greens today have introduced a motion urging the Malinauskas Government to establish an independent inquiry into greyhound racing industry practices and governance, following the admission that illegal live baiting practices have been occurring in South Australia.
Greyhound Racing SA is the Controlling Body responsible for the conduct, regulation, and promotion of greyhound racing throughout South Australia, and is the only state-based racing body in Australia that remains exempt from Freedom of Information laws.
Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks MLC:
“Greyhound racing is inherently abusive, and a practice founded on significant animal cruelty. That is why we need an independent, non-politicised inquiry to ensure that South Australians know what is going on in our state in this industry.”
“We've had to take the word of Greyhound Racing SA that they are somehow different than those across the border — well, this finding of live baiting proves that they aren't different to other states. While this industry exists, these vicious practices will continue.”
“All greyhound racing monitoring and enforcement is undertaken by Greyhound Racing SA. It is fair to say that the focus has been on the care and welfare of greyhounds, rather than the detection of animal cruelty associated with greyhound training, or potential animal cruelty associated with greyhound training.”