GRNSW Deny Any Integrity Or Welfare Issues Ahead Of 7:30 Report Airing

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) today received confirmation from RSPCA NSW that there is no evidence to suggest acts of animal cruelty are occurring in the greyhound racing industry in NSW.

GRNSW made contact with RSPCA NSW after it was made aware that the ABC’s 7.30 program was to air a story this evening on the greyhound racing industry dealing with allegations of animal cruelty.

All greyhound racing participants in NSW are bound by GRNSW’s Code of Practice and the Greyhound Racing Rules which outline animal welfare standards, as well as strict management and care practices that are appropriate to the physical and behavioural needs of greyhounds.

GRNSW has a zero tolerance policy for participants who do not meet our animal welfare standards. Any trainer found ending the life of a greyhound in an inhumane manner or mistreating the greyhounds in their care in some other way is not welcome in our sport. They would not only be violating the rules of greyhound racing and our code of practice, but could also be committing a criminal offence under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

GRNSW is committed to improving the welfare of greyhounds in NSW. Since assuming responsibility for animal welfare in 2009, GRNSW has set about launching numerous initiatives to ensure that the welfare of all animals is a primary consideration for all participants in the greyhound industry. This commitment will ramp up over the next 12 months, with $1.3 million to be invested on greyhound welfare in that period.

By encouraging smarter breeding practices, ensuring safer racing and providing greater re-homing opportunities, GRNSW is confident it will provide a better life for greyhounds after racing.

The 7.30 program is also expected to air allegations by former Wentworth Park on-course veterinarian Dr Ted Humphries about participants using banned substances on their greyhounds.

This is not the first time Dr Humphries has made allegations of this nature to the media, however, he continues to ignore GRNSW’s requests asking him to provide evidence to support his allegations.

GRNSW has also repeatedly invited Dr Humphries to discuss his concerns with our Integrity Department, but he has never replied.

Maintaining the integrity of greyhound racing is at the heart of what GRNSW does, it is a core function of the organisation and integral to maintaining punter confidence in the sport and a level playing field for participants.

Over the last year GRNSW ramped up its drug detection activities taking 5,562 samples – a 47 per cent increase on the level of swabbing in the previous year. The increase in swabs carried out across all winning greyhounds and at random was made possible after GRNSW nearly doubled its swabbing budget for 2012/13 following an increase in positive swabs in the previous year.

The increase in the detection of prohibited substances coincides with GRNSW’s enhanced approach to race day integrity operations.

This includes the establishment of a ‘control room’ at GRNSW’s head office in Rhodes, which receives live feeds of the race broadcast footage, surveillance footage from the kennel blocks and utilises video conferencing equipment to facilitate communication between the tracks and office in real time together with modern bet monitoring tools.

Past Discussion

  1. Yeh, as I posted on the 730 page, there are bad eggs in every sport/industry etc. All I want is for the cheats in our sport to be removed. We spend too much money to be swindled by well connected trainers. Good of the sport over good of the individual. But, as Paul Keating says, he’d back self-interest everytime. GRNSW should look at expanding the sport by reinvesting into country tracks and prizemoney . . . consolidation into City tracks is bad for the small trainers and owners

  2. Yeh, as I posted on the 730 page, there are bad eggs in every sport/industry etc. All I want is for the cheats in our sport to be removed. We spend too much money to be swindled by well connected trainers. Good of the sport over good of the individual. But, as Paul Keating says, he’d back self-interest everytime. GRNSW should look at expanding the sport by reinvesting into country tracks and prizemoney . . . consolidation into City tracks is bad for the small trainers and owners

  3. Did I hear it right what was said during the story? I think the reporter said ” every winner gets swabbed” please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m not being a smart arse here

  4. Did I hear it right what was said during the story? I think the reporter said ” every winner gets swabbed” please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m not being a smart arse here

  5. @AaronCross That is ridiculous sensationalist rubbish Aaron. Every greyhound is tracked from birth and if they must be euthanised it must be done by a qualified vet and a certified by same. 

  6. @AaronCross That is ridiculous sensationalist rubbish Aaron. Every greyhound is tracked from birth and if they must be euthanised it must be done by a qualified vet and a certified by same. It might have happened back in the 60’s but an awful lot happened back then that doesn’t happen now.

  7. why don’t you go pick on the gallops and harness racing find out what happens to the poor horses oh no I forgot its pick on the poor greyhound industry again theres a lot of things we could all talk about

  8. why don’t you go pick on the gallops and harness racing find out what happens to the poor horses oh no I forgot its pick on the poor greyhound industry again theres a lot of things we could all talk about

  9. @AaronCross That is ridiculous sensationalist rubbish Aaron. Every greyhound is tracked from birth and if they must be euthanised it must be done by a qualified vet and a certified by same. It might have happened back in the 60’s but an awful lot happened back then that doesn’t happen now.I would say the “rescue” lady claiming greyhounds are bludgeoned or drowned will have a lot of explaining to do. If she has facts, why hasn’t she reported them?

  10. @AaronCross That is ridiculous sensationalist rubbish Aaron. Every greyhound is tracked from birth and if they must be euthanised it must be done by a qualified vet and a certified by same. It might have happened back in the 60’s but an awful lot happened back then that doesn’t happen now.

    I would say the “rescue” lady claiming greyhounds are bludgeoned or drowned will have a lot of explaining to do. If she has facts, why hasn’t she reported them?

  11. @Bradley Mandy Gyna Barnes Showing what you define as “good” does not undo the bad. I hear the Czar of Syria has a good sense of humor. Does that undo his gassing of innocent people?
    Didn’t think so..

  12. @Bradley Mandy Gyna Barnes Showing what you define as “good” does not undo the bad. I hear the Czar of Syria has a good sense of humor. Does that undo his gassing of innocent people?

    Didn’t think so..

  13. KatherineErnst KevinPitstock Ahh Thanks Kat – I missed heard it. I though they were claiming every winner in every NSW race was swabbed.

  14. KatherineErnst KevinPitstock Ahh Thanks Kat – I missed heard it. I though they were claiming every winner in every NSW race was swabbed.

  15. ABC: “Allegations of widespread doping, animal cruelty and collusion in Australia’s multi-billion-dollar greyhound racing industry have been uncovered by a 7.30 investigation.”
    Obviously based on the sourness of certain disgruntled racing fringe dwellers, prepared not to let facts spoil a good story. Whatever the real significance and depth of the story it comes back to a lack of control by those in charge. Perhaps the constant demands for more prize money has been at the expense of regulatory supervision with steward number depleted to prop up these demands.

  16. ABC: “Allegations of widespread doping, animal cruelty and collusion in Australia’s multi-billion-dollar greyhound racing industry have been uncovered by a 7.30 investigation.”

    Obviously based on the sourness of certain disgruntled racing fringe dwellers, prepared not to let facts spoil a good story. Whatever the real significance and depth of the story it comes back to a lack of control by those in charge. Perhaps the constant demands for more prize money has been at the expense of regulatory supervision with steward number depleted to prop up these demands. Bring back the red ball.

  17. KevinPitstock KatherineErnst They clearly claimed every NSW winner was swabbed. This from the published Transcript:
    SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Two years ago Greyhound
    Racing NSW set up a control centre to keep watch on every major track in the
    state. Officials scrutinise race and surveillance footage, analyse betting
    trends and monitor drug swabbing. All winners are tested.
    RACING OFFICIAL: Every winner, we do a swab.

  18. KevinPitstock KatherineErnst They clearly claimed every NSW winner was swabbed, at least in the “major” tracks. This from the published Transcript:

    SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Two years ago GreyhoundRacing NSW set up a control centre to keep watch on every major track in thestate. Officials scrutinise race and surveillance footage, analyse bettingtrends and monitor drug swabbing. All winners are tested.

    RACING OFFICIAL: Every winner, we do a swab.

  19. @AaronCross  should keep fighting in your own countryupdate –  18 April 2013
    Greyhound community turns out enmasse to Parliament
    Yesterday the Greyhound racing community presented to MPs from the Government and Adminstration Select Committee on the sector Review.
    The Committee had invited GRNZ to speak after claims made by Aaron Cross (calling himself the Greyhound Protection League) in support of his single-person petition to Parliament calling for a Government Review of the sector.
    We gave a full rebuttal of the inaccurate information Aaron Cross had presented to MPs, and an empassioned account of the way the community cares for its dogs. We detailed why the Review is being held, and restated our commitment to its findings.
    http://www.thedogs.co.nz/Files/Downloads/Miscellaneous%20Downloads/GRNZ%20select%20committee%20presentation_final.pdf
    We wanted to show MPs that the voice of the Greyhound racing community cannot be ignored just because one person decides he doesn’t like the sport.
    It was a great turnout. The Select Committee Room was packed with Greyhound supporters. A couple of our four legged friends -[ Binky (unraced) and Emie (Emie Rose) pictured below]- dropped by to show their support as well.

  20. @AaronCross  should keep fighting in your own country

    update –  18 April 2013

    Greyhound community turns out enmasse to Parliament
    Yesterday the Greyhound racing community presented to MPs from the Government and Adminstration Select Committee on the sector Review.

    The Committee had invited GRNZ to speak after claims made by Aaron Cross (calling himself the Greyhound Protection League) in support of his single-person petition to Parliament calling for a Government Review of the sector.

    We gave a full rebuttal of the inaccurate information Aaron Cross had presented to MPs, and an empassioned account of the way the community cares for its dogs. We detailed why the Review is being held, and restated our commitment to its findings.

    You can find a summary of our presentation here – click here to view

    We wanted to show MPs that the voice of the Greyhound racing community cannot be ignored just because one person decides he doesn’t like the sport.

    It was a great turnout. The Select Committee Room was packed with Greyhound supporters. A couple of our four legged friends -[ Binky (unraced) and Emie (Emie Rose) pictured below]- dropped by to show their support as well.

  21. @nell daicos You should hear what actually happened. The select committee tore the industry to pieces! It was amazing to watch. Its still unfolding, and the panicked industry has spent millions trying to look good. PS, the petition evidence had in excess of 1500 names on it, but then you wouldn’t expect GRNZ to be honest, surely?

  22. KevinPitstock I find that quite laughable. Activists can deduce from existing public information that there are tens of thousands of greyhounds unaccounted for, and yet the industry with ALL the information can’t actually say where they are? Sounds legit lol