Thursday 7. July, 2016

Greyhound Trainers to Fight NSW Ban on the Sport

Greyhound trainers have vowed they will fight the NSW government to the end to prevent a ban on their sport that is planned to come into effect from July 1 next year.

The government banned greyhound racing after an inquiry into the sport revealed evidence of animal cruelty, including live baiting and mass killings of greyhounds. When announcing the ban, Premier Mike Baird described the “widespread and systematic mistreatment of animals” as something that cannot be tolerated.

Mr Baird expressed his sympathy for innocent trainers and those who make a living from the industry; however he stated that the government could not stand by and do nothing considering the evidence of cruelty that was revealed. He assured that the government would provide assistance to those who make a living from the industry.

Shantha Hamade from Animals Australia said she has little sympathy even for the trainers who were not live baiting as it was widely known and accepted that these practices were happening within their sport.

However, greyhound racing trainers were shocked by the news and vowed to fight the issue as an industry. Trainers like Hunter Valley greyhound racing trainer, Bob Whitelaw said he believes this ban will become an issue at the next election.

“The ramifications could go right through to the other two codes of racing here in NSW,” added Whitelaw. “If you look at the other two codes there is not much difference when it comes to the allegations of animal cruelty.”

“It tells you that this particular government has lost focus here in New South Wales and the saddest part about this is that they’ve waited for the federal election to announce it so it is political more so than anything else.”

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