Simon Green avoids penalty after allegedly shooting greyhounds

VICTORIAN trainer Simon Green has avoided any penalty after allegedly shooting two of his greyhounds, Spanish Cloud and Spanish Berry, in or around July 2014.

It was reported Green made an admission to a member of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) staff while they were conducting an inquiry into an incident at his property last year, with Stewards believing his actions warranted further investigation.

GRV stewards then charged Green after considering evidence he provided was a breach of Greyhounds Australasia’s Rule 86 (o) which relates to negligence, corruption, fraudulence or misconduct.

The case was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board with evidence given by GRV manager of investigations Greg Huntington and Animal Welfare Office Dr Linda Beer, who provided material regarding the issues surrounding the euthanasia of greyhounds and the public perception of actions such as Green’s.

While Green failed to attend the hearing, after considering all the evidence, the RADB decided to find Green not guilty of the offence he was charged with due to the limited evidence which was provided.

While considering its decision, the RADB were mindful of the ‘Victoria Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Dogs’, which explains the acceptable euthanasia methods.

Within the Code of Practice, it is recommended that dogs are euthanised by lethal injection by a registered veterinarian, however it also states that a gun shot performed at close range by a licensed and proficient person is another acceptable form of euthanasia.

The RADB suggested that GRV urgently address any ambiguity within the racing rules that relate to the euthanasia of greyhounds.

While it is considered a humane method of euthanasia if performed correctly within the Code of Practice, it is thought to be a poor reflection on the image of the sport, and a method of the industry cannot approve of.

Past Discussion

  1. I have been closely involved with the Industry, with my father being a high profile breeder and trainer, so i know the Industry well. Money, greed and gambling are a toxic mix. When the industry is closed down, the mass breeding will cease and the owners if they really care for the dogs will continue to look after them, however as i suspect many of then will not. There are many animal welfare groups who do their utmost to rehome them. We do not support euthanasia. The millions of dollars the industry gets from the government and sale of their assets will be used for the purpose of re homing the dogs. The industry will be closed down, it is only a matter of time.

  2.  I have been closely involved with the Industry, with my father being a high profile breeder and trainer, so i know the Industry well. Money, greed and gambling are a toxic mix. When the industry is closed down, the mass breeding will cease and the owners if they really care for the dogs will continue to look after them, however as i suspect many of then will not. There are many animal welfare groups who do their utmost to rehome them. We do not support euthanasia. The millions of dollars the industry gets from the government and sale of their assets will be used for the purpose of re homing the dogs. The industry will be closed down, it is only a matter of time.

  3. Mabna 

    Well I’m pleased to see that your reply is polite.

    I agree that money and gambling is a bad mix and over breeding is unhealthy for the Industry. There should be restrictions on how many litters a bitch is allowed to have and also how many races she has won as a percentage of races to decide if one can breed with her.
    Greyhounds Australasia have recently carried out a survey to look into the restriction of breeding and we await there changes. 

    A prime example is Paul Wheeler who proudly states that he breeds around 400 pups a year, as for those that don’t make it he sends to China or Vietnam and cannot say where or what condition they are kept in nor can any other person who has sent dogs to China, so I think the banning of greyhound exports to China and Vietnam should be one area for AJP to look at.

    Where we will have to agree to disagree is over the banning greyhound racing, I feel drastic changes are needed some of which I have already pointed out in previous posts.

  4. Mabna 

    Well I’m pleased to see that your reply is polite.

    I agree that money and gambling is a bad mix and over breeding is unhealthy for the Industry. There should be restrictions on how many litters a bitch is allowed to have and also how many races she has won as a percentage of races to decide if one can breed with her.

    Greyhounds Australasia have recently carried out a survey to look into the restriction of breeding and we await there changes. 

    A prime example is Paul Wheeler who proudly states that he breeds around 400 pups a year, as for those that don’t make it he sends to China or Vietnam and cannot say where or what condition they are kept in nor can any other person who has sent dogs to China, so I think the banning of greyhound exports to China and Vietnam should be one area for AJP to look at.

    Where we will have to agree to disagree is over the banning greyhound racing, I feel drastic changes are needed some of which I have already pointed out in previous posts.