AN INVESTIGATION has been launched by the RSPCA and police after no less than 55 decomposing greyhound bodies were found in bushland in the south-east of Queensland, near Bundaberg, earlier this week.
RSPCA Bundaberg received the initial tip off of the animals whereabouts, having been found in the Coonarr region, approximately 360 kilometres north of Brisbane.
The RSPCA then inspected the site where the gruesome discovery was confirmed, with the carcasses said to be in varying states of decomposition.
The horrific discovery of the deceased greyhounds comes soon after a Victorian trainer was cleared of misconduct after he allegedly shot two of his greyhounds. The trainer, Simon Green, was let off due to the limited evidence provided and after considering the ‘Victoria Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Dogs’, which details shooting as an appropriate method of euthanasia.
The investigation into the carcasses is part of the Joint Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force which was recently established to investigate allegations of animal cruelty within the sport of greyhound racing.
One of the investigation’s main focuses was to identify alleged acts of live-baiting after the barbaric practice was exposed on the ABC’s Four Corners program in February.
The program aired footage of live animals being tied to mechanical lures as an incentive for greyhounds to chase, catch and kill after secret surveillance cameras were set up at a private trial track operated by Tom Noble.
Noble was one of 36 greyhound trainers suspended following on from the scandal and he has since been banned for life, along with five other participants.
Recently, the Queensland Government ordered an Independent Review of the greyhound racing industry to discover why live-baiting went undetected for so long.
The problem was more widespread than just Queensland however, with vision from both Victoria and NSW also revealing trainers engaging in alleged live-baiting activity, with 26 greyhound participants currently suspended across those two states.