Stewards wrap: leading breeder to face export inquiry

Stewards' wrap

LEADING owner and breeder Paul Wheeler is one of four greyhound racing participants who has been charged as part of the ongoing Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) inquiry into the unauthorised exports of greyhounds to China and Macau.

Wheeler as well as fellow participants Danny Li, Wei Shen and Yiwen Xi will face charges in relation to the alleged exports of nine greyhounds to China without a greyhound passport and the certified pedigree issued by Greyhounds Australasia.

The participants have also been charged with misconduct, with their behaviour allegedly seen as detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control and promotion of greyhound racing.

Additionally, they will face charges for failing to notify the authority body of the exports under the Rules of Racing. Danny Li, Wei Shan and Yiwen Xi will also face charges for failing to attend or produce documents at an inquiry as directed.

A hearing will be held at the end of March where the participants will have the opportunity to respond to the charges.

The latest charges come after three participants were disqualified and fined last October after they were found guilty for their part in 166 greyhounds being exported to the Macau Canidrome and to the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

The ban on greyhounds being exported to Macau and China was introduced in 2013 due to the lack of animal welfare laws in those countries.

In 2015, an investigation by the ABC’s 7.30 Report combined with Animals Australia found greyhounds were still being exported to China and Macau.

The investigation alleged 72 Australian greyhound owners and trainers were implicated and that 700 Aussie-bred dogs were living on site at the Canidrome.

According to the Federal Department of Agriculture, 654 greyhounds were exported from Australia in 2014, with 240 sent to Macau.

Under the Rules of Racing, owners must apply for and be granted a Greyhound Passport prior to exporting their dogs.

From December 1, 2017, it is also an offence to sell a greyhound to another person with the knowledge that they are likely to export the dog.

Daley disqualified

Melvyn Daley has been banned from greyhound racing after being found guilty of breaching the misconduct rule, GAR 86(o).

It was alleged that at the Gosford meeting on September 26, 2017, Daley subjected the on track steward to insulting and offensive language and conduct.

Daley pleaded guilty to breaching the rules and was disqualified by GRNSW stewards for 12 months, with six months suspended for a year pending no breaches of the conduct rules in that time.

Barrass suspended

John Barrass has been suspended by GRNSW after his greyhound Acola Harbour tested positive to a banned substance.

Barrass was charged with breaching GAR 83(2) after his dog returned a positive sample to Arsenic above the allowed threshold when competing at Mudgee on November 19, 2017.

Barrass, who had been involved in greyhound racing since 1952 with no breaches of the rules, entered a guilty plea.

Despite his unblemished record stewards imposed a six weeks’ suspension.

The greyhound was also disqualified from the race in question.

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  1. So Mr Wheeler who in 2016 said of the ban “It is very disappointing that a very small percentage of people have done the wrong thing, yet the government are punishing everyone", is found to be one of that small percentage who has done the wrong thing. Is anyone surprised?

  2. Is that all you got badapple?

  3. No surprises here. Dogs in Macau watch other dogs being stabbed, killed with hammers, thrown over the shoulder repeatedly until their necks break or they die an agonising death being beaten. This is happening to Australian dogs - how did they get there? Ethical trainers and owners are best placed to help stop this, but how many will put their hands up and support the inquiry? It’s always money, money money - blood money, in fact.

  4. Strange that the dogs names or the date of exporting is being kept secret. You will probably find that the dogs were retired and exported as stud dogs.

  5. If you read the GRNSW release in mentions an ongoing enquiry from months ago, not that these dogs went there.

    It makes the statement that 9 dogs were exported to China. Allegedly!

  6. I would never send a greyhound overseas but I think you will find this is how all dogs are treated in countries where they are viewed as food. Sadly a country with few welfare laws regarding any type of dogs. The greyhound authorities banned their export quite some time ago and are now following up on one alleged incident. Your suggestion that no one will support their efforts is hysterical and ill informed.
    If you are a registered greyhound owner or trainer and you are asked to appear you have no choice. Do you have any evidence that anyone has refused to co operate?

  7. fosterofgreys…
    Come clean Julia Ditterich.
    Is your real name Fred Barton by any chance?

  8. Fred has a few disciples in the cult- older housewives who have nothing to do now the kids have grown up and left home, young idealistic twenty year old green voters and the odd male loner with no friends. "Rent a crowd animal lovers " of course -lol- people haters would be more appropriate. All just love that emotion and drama - never any facts.

  9. It’s the tall poppy syndrome Deborah. Love them or hate them the Wheeler family are and have been icons of greyhound racing in Australia for around 70 years. Attacks on the Wheeler’s is an attack on us all.

    Any sensible self respecting person would treat these antis like Fred and Julia as inferior rabble with the disdain they have brought upon themselves.
    They should be ignored and we should move on, the future still excites me.