Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) announced on Thursday evening it had charged 179 industry participants for potential breaches of the Greyhound Racing Rules in relation to the alleged unauthorised export of Australian greyhounds to Macau.
The charges come as part of an ongoing inquiry which was launched by GRNSW last December following an investigation by the ABC’s 7:30 Report which revealed many greyhounds which were deemed too slow for racing in Australia were exported to Asia by their trainers and owners.
The inquiry into the matter is chaired by barrister Adrian Anderson who brings an extensive background in disciplinary matters for a range of sporting organisations, while the newly formed GRNSW Investigations and Intelligence Unit has also been assisting with the inquiry and compiling the evidence which has led to the recent charges.
The exportation of greyhounds to Macau is against the Rules of Racing as Macau does not comply with Australian animal welfare standards.
Under Rule 124 of the Greyhound Racing Rules, it is a requirement anyone wishing to export a greyhound from Australia to any other country, excluding New Zealand, must first obtain a greyhound passport from Greyhounds Australasia prior to meeting the quarantine and inspection service requirements of the relevant country.
Since 2013, Greyhounds Australasia has suspended greyhound passport applications consideration when the intended destination for the greyhound is Macau.
If found guilty of exporting greyhounds to Macau, owners and trainers face a range of heavy penalties including fines, suspensions and possible disqualification from the sport.