Racing Queensland suspends a further 23 trainers

A FURTHER 23 registered Queensland participants have now been suspended following on from the live-baiting scandal which has gripped the entire greyhound racing industry.

The unnamed trainers have been stood down as part of Racing Queensland’s ongoing investigation into the training track of Tom Noble at Churchable, where secret surveillance cameras captured the practice of live baiting using live animals tied onto the lure to entice greyhounds to chase.

The latest suspensions come after RQ stood down 13 participants as a result of the notorious Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’. Seven of those 14 trainers were issued show cause notices on February 17 and five of those seven have subsequently been warned-off for life, including legendary trainer Reg Kay and the man at the centre of the scandal, Tom Noble. Noble has since pleaded not-guilty to seven charges of serious animal cruelty handed down to him by a taskforce established to investigate live-baiting within the QLD greyhound industry.

RQ CEO Darren Condon said that Stewards made the decision to stand down the further 23 individuals while they commenced inquiries after reviewing further video footage from the private track.

“When we began this investigation we said we would leave no stone unturned and through our ongoing investigations it has become apparent there were a number of individuals using this facility for illegal training practices,” Condon said in a press release.

“Each of the trainers stood down were at least present at that track and as a result Stewards have stood them down immediately to understand their involvement.

“The people suspended today will now face Stewards’ inquiries and the broader investigation from our end will continue.”

Condon said that RQ have also suspended the greyhounds trained by the suspended persons, pending further investigation. There is no intention to seize greyhounds owned or trained by those people at this point in time

When the time comes for them to race again, it is expected that they will be subject to RQ’s new return to race policy, which applies to any greyhound where there is suspicion that it may have been exposed to the practise of live-baiting during its training and education.

“This process entails three trials over a minimum of three weeks with conditions to be set by stewards and an assessment of the dog’s behaviour in those trials,” Condon said.

“Our highest priority is the welfare of the greyhounds and this policy will ensure that if these greyhounds are to return to race, they have been through a comprehensive assessment, which has been endorsed by a number of vets and the RSPCA.”

Condon said that the moves to suspend the 23 trainers reaffirms RQ’s commitment to ensuring the sport is free of animal cruelty practises.

“We will continue to take strong action to address allegations and evidence of illegal training practices and we have implemented a range of initiatives and rule changes to improve animal welfare protections in greyhound racing,” he said.

Those measures include state wide kennel inspections to stamp out animal cruelty, new local rules which ban the use of animal products on the lure, a levy on all greyhound prizemoney and subsidies within QLD to raise an additional $1.6 million annually for animal welfare and integrity initiatives and new requirements for trainers wishing to nominate their dogs for racing.

Past Discussion

  1. Name them . That’s a number of people who were there and have not come forward about knowledge of live baiting..that’s what the board is up against.

  2. Name them . That’s a number of people who were there and have not come forward about knowledge of live baiting..that’s what the board is up against.

  3. So let me get this right…
    The stewards or “people” with limited greyhound knowledge.
    Will watch the dog in 3 trials.. What will they rule on?
    If the dog grabs the lure?
    Barks at the lure ?
    Decides to stand back from the lure?
    Rips the lure apart ?
    Seriously this rule is ridiculous!!
    Someone tell me how they plan to work out, how or if the dog was “live Baited”

  4. So let me get this right…The stewards or “people” with limited greyhound knowledge.Will watch the dog in 3 trials.. What will they rule on? If the dog grabs the lure? Barks at the lure ?Decides to stand back from the lure? Rips the lure apart ? Seriously this rule is ridiculous!! Someone tell me how they plan to work out, how or if the dog was “live Baited”

  5. This is an industry whose time has come and gone. It serves no useful purpose and has delivered misery to uncountable animals for decades. Just wither and die, become a dead remnant of a ‘sport’ full of mean, greedy old men and miserable animals.

  6. This is an industry whose time has come and gone. It serves no useful purpose and has delivered misery to uncountable animals for decades. Just wither and die, become a dead remnant of a ‘sport’ full of mean, greedy old men and miserable animals.

  7. Glenn Peters
    That’s your opinion.  However, you’re wrong on all counts.  Racing serves a useful purpose for greyhounds, it allows them an outlet to vent their competitive energy in a controlled atmosphere, and it allows the owners of these beautiful canine athletes to watch their dogs enjoy racing. Very few owners/trainers do it to earn money or to gamble. They do it because it is a hobby for them, because they love giving their dogs joy. Certainly many owners/trainers don’t make any money out of the dogs, in fact many end up broke each week because every penny they get, they pour into the dogs to ensure they get the best food, best attention and vet care, YES, actually greyhounds get taken to the vet more regularly than any domestic pet, because greyhounds need to be in tip top physical condition to be able to compete at their best. Every week or fortnight, greyhounds go to a vet to be checked over, and if they have injuries then they get massages and laser/ultrasonic treatments. What pet owner can say that about their own pet???

  8. Glenn Peters

    That’s your opinion.  However, you’re wrong on all counts.  Racing serves a useful purpose for greyhounds, it allows them an outlet to vent their competitive energy in a controlled atmosphere, and it allows the owners of these beautiful canine athletes to watch their dogs enjoy racing. Very few owners/trainers do it to earn money or to gamble. They do it because it is a hobby for them, because they love giving their dogs joy. Certainly many owners/trainers don’t make any money out of the dogs, in fact many end up broke each week because every penny they get, they pour into the dogs to ensure they get the best food, best attention and vet care, YES, actually greyhounds get taken to the vet more regularly than any domestic pet, because greyhounds need to be in tip top physical condition to be able to compete at their best. Every week or fortnight, greyhounds go to a vet to be checked over, and if they have injuries then they get massages and laser/ultrasonic treatments. What pet owner can say that about their own pet??? 

  9. Mwk Exactly.  What this article doesn’t say, but what other articles do (big surprise) is that these people are alleged to be present at the track when live bating was occurring, not just people that also used the track.  People keep claiming it’s a tiny minority, yet more people keep being found guilty.  People keep claiming they didn’t know it was happening, but it becomes increasingly apparent that people were turning a blind eye.
    The industry deserves all the backlash it’s getting.

  10. Mwk Exactly.  What this article doesn’t say, but what other articles do (big surprise) is that these people are alleged to be present at the track when live bating was occurring, not just people that also used the track.  People keep claiming it’s a tiny minority, yet more people keep being found guilty.  People keep claiming they didn’t know it was happening, but it becomes increasingly apparent that people were turning a blind eye.

    The industry deserves all the backlash it’s getting.

  11. Practically every breed of dog will chase and catch things growing up, thats nature.I panic now every time the pups are down near the dam incase they catch something, and I get accused.

  12. Practically every breed of dog will chase and catch things growing up, thats nature.I panic now every time the pups are down near the dam incase they catch something, and I get accused.

  13. Just check out the late scratchings from Albion pk Monday was the mail I got, but who is informing A.R.G when it’s not even on the website etc.

  14. Just check out the late scratchings from Albion pk Monday was the mail I got, but who is informing A.R.G when it’s not even on the website etc.

  15. Hugh_ Glenn Peters 
    You are just so miss informed, if you had a brain you’d be dangerous.
    If you ban greyhound racing overnight we will give you the needle and you can carry out the euthanasia of hundreds of greyhounds overnight as there wont be enough foster homes all at once.
    So just stop and think (if its possible) try looking at changing it NOT banning it.
    So run along now and stop the total thrashing that harness and thoroughbred horses get for no reason what so ever.
    Oh while you’re at it ask the RSPCA at Townsville to confirm why they euthanase 100% of greyhounds, I tell you why its because they are full of pig dogs and discarded working dogs, I know because they told me, if I want to re home a greyhound don’t go there as they will euthanase it without even checking it over as they don’t have the room due to the abandoned domestic cats and dogs.
    Oh when you’ve finished with the harness and thoroughbred racing how about stopping the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops and markets which cause compulsive buying and then dumping them a few weeks later.

  16. Hugh_ Glenn Peters 

    You are just so miss informed, if you had a brain you’d be dangerous.

    If you ban greyhound racing overnight we will give you the needle and you can carry out the euthanasia of hundreds of greyhounds overnight as there wont be enough foster homes all at once.

    So just stop and think (if its possible) try looking at changing it NOT banning it.

    So run along now and stop the total thrashing that harness and thoroughbred horses get for no reason what so ever.

    Oh while you’re at it ask the RSPCA at Townsville to confirm why they euthanase 100% of greyhounds, I tell you why its because they are full of pig dogs and discarded working dogs, I know because they told me, if I want to re home a greyhound don’t go there as they will euthanase it without even checking it over as they don’t have the room due to the abandoned domestic cats and dogs.

    Oh when you’ve finished with the harness and thoroughbred racing how about stopping the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops and markets which cause compulsive buying and then dumping them a few weeks later. 

  17. They cant tell Warren and any vet will confirm this and infact RQ have confirmed as well that they cant tell nor can the stewards.
    They will be looking to see if the dog pulls up and fails to chase or mars  as these have to be field trials NOT solo trials. The other thing is that RQ will NOT allow you to trial your dog at any race track only at approved trial tracks before the three trials. So how these trainers and owners are able to get there dogs fit I don’t know.
    The management and board of RQ have to go as they are just rolling from one crisis to another and its getting out of hand also they have no idea about greyhound racing
    Also all dogs before being returned to the owner have to have a behavioural test.

  18. They cant tell Warren and any vet will confirm this and infact RQ have confirmed as well that they cant tell nor can the stewards.

    They will be looking to see if the dog pulls up and fails to chase or mars  as these have to be field trials NOT solo trials. The other thing is that RQ will NOT allow you to trial your dog at any race track only at approved trial tracks before the three trials. So how these trainers and owners are able to get there dogs fit I don’t know.

    The management and board of RQ have to go as they are just rolling from one crisis to another and its getting out of hand also they have no idea about greyhound racing

    Also all dogs before being returned to the owner have to have a behavioural test.

  19. I think its a shame Katherine that you didn’t report that Mr Greg Stellar was only charged with being a registered trainer at an unlicensed track and suspended for one month and NOT charged with live baiting, shame as you were doing so well reporting but know you just seem to want to report the bad side.

  20. I think its a shame Katherine that you didn’t report that Mr Greg Stellar was only charged with being a registered trainer at an unlicensed track and suspended for one month and NOT charged with live baiting, shame as you were doing so well reporting but know you just seem to want to report the bad side. 

  21. Hugh_ Glenn Peters 
    Hugh,
    What has happened to your sensible debate theory?
    Remember this quote of yours – “not to mention being presumptuous since you have no personal knowledge of the individuals behind the acquisition of this covert footage” – your bullet to the brain is highly presumptuous.
    See this is where the problem lies, anti greyhound racing people are happy to adopt standards for greyhound participants which they are not happy to adopt themselves.
    Regards,
    Brad.

  22. Hugh_ Glenn Peters 

    Hugh,

    What has happened to your sensible debate theory?

    Remember this quote of yours – “not to mention being presumptuous since you have no personal knowledge of the individuals behind the acquisition of this covert footage” – your bullet to the brain is highly presumptuous.

    See this is where the problem lies, anti greyhound racing people are happy to adopt standards for greyhound participants which they are not happy to adopt themselves.

    Regards,

    Brad.