Greyhound racing industry disgusted by Four Corners revelations; takes decisive action

Monday 16 February 2015

The Australian greyhound racing industry is taking action against industry participants caught engaging in the illegal practice of live baiting.

Ahead of ABC’s Four Corners investigation revealing alarming evidence of the practice, the industry controlling authorities in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland moved to suspend or stand down 23 participants alleged to have been involved in live baiting. Last week, Greyhounds Australasia instigated an urgent review of all national and local trial arm lure rules and will appoint an independent probity auditor to assess the industry’s current greyhound welfare and integrity rules and policies and recommend any changes required to ensure we are meeting the community’s expectations.

Scott Parker, CEO of Greyhounds Australasia, the peak body for the industry in Australia and New Zealand, said: “I am appalled at some of the footage shown on the Four Corners program. The use of live animals to train greyhounds is disgusting, illegal, unethical and totally rejected by the industry.

“I am very disappointed that a number of our participants apparently have no respect for the law in their desire to succeed. The 30,000 participants who play by the rules have had their reputations severely and unfairly damaged by this appalling conduct.

“The industry accepts responsibility for doing more to rid the sport of this illegal and immoral practice. Racing Queensland Ltd has already announced the establishment of an independent taskforce to investigate the issue and other independent reviews in other states are likely to be announced in the next 24 hours.

“I call on every one of our licensed participants to make sure they support the work of their controlling authority at all times and contribute to the ongoing success of their valued and rewarding industry,” Mr Parker said.

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Tuesday 22 December 2015

Please be advised that Greyhounds Australasia will be closed from 12 noon Thursday 24 December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2016.

Any matters requiring urgent attention should be directed to your respective Controlling Body.

From the Directors and staff of Greyhounds Australasia we wish all industry participants a happy and safe Christmas.

Thursday 17 December 2015

The Board of Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has approved new and amended national rules (GARs) effective 1 January 2016.  See attached.

The objective of these new and amended rules is to further strengthen industry integrity and the welfare of all greyhounds whether racing, being prepared to race or retired.

Thursday 10 December 2015

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) wishes to confirm it’s process for approving participant applications for greyhound passports and its position regarding exports to Macau and Vietnam.

Under national rule of greyhound racing GAR 124, GA approves passports to allow registered greyhound participants to export their greyhounds to jurisdictions that meet Australian animal welfare standards.

Monday 7 December 2015

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) is pleased to announce the appointment of KPMG to study the movement of greyhounds throughout their lifecycle and develop a scenario based model to help industry leaders make decisions that will ensure Australian greyhound racing has a long and successful future.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

The Board of Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has approved amended national rules (GARs) effective 1 November 2015.  See attached.

The amendments allow authorities to collect hair samples from a greyhound for the purposes of testing for prohibited substances. 

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