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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Wednesday 12 October 2016

Greyhounds Australasia (GA) Chief executive Scott Parker today welcomed the NSW government’s decision to overturn its ban on greyhound racing.

“The national greyhound racing industry is extremely pleased that the NSW government has listened to participants and the community and taken the decision to allow greyhound racing to continue.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

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Thursday 8 July 2016

Greyhounds Australasia CEO Scott Parker today expressed shock that the NSW government had decided to shut down greyhound racing in that state.

“I’m shocked this has happened and disappointed for the many thousands of people in the NSW industry that have only ever done the right thing.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

The Board of Greyhounds Australasia (GA) has approved new and amended national rules (GARs) effective 1 July 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.

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.


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