Industry can emerge stronger and better from latest scandal

BY NATURE, greyhounds are predators. It’s their instinct to chase, catch and kill.

This natural tendency was widely put to use in starting in the 1860s and continuing until live coursing was made illegal in 1985.

Since then, it appears the authorities have turned a blind eye to the fact some trainers within the sport still use live baiting as a method of training their greyhounds to chase the lure.

The live-baiting issue has burst back into the spotlight during the past week. Five properties were raided last week by the RSPCA in conjunction with the police in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales after Four Corners, which was working with Animals Australia and the Animal Liberation Queensland, presented the results of an investigation into greyhound racing to the state-based RSPCAs.

The raids have resulted in 23 people being stood down immediately, with desperate calls from the RSPCA and animal welfare groups to put an end to the sport. To make matters even worse, the industry’s darkest secret is set to be exposed on a gritty episode of the ABC’s Four Corners program titled “Making A Killing”.

The question that needs to be asked is how can the respective greyhound racing authorities have stood back for so long and let it continue? Surely they would have known the live-baiting problem still existed. Now it has been neglected for so long the RSPCA has dragged the industry’s skeletons out of the closet and into the spotlight for mainstream and a horrified public audience to gawk at.

It is not good enough.

There is no denying it is a serious issue and GRNSW alone invested $1.3 million into welfare during the 2014 financial year – so shouldn’t this have been something that was investigated heavily?

How can authority bodies that are meant to be devoted to and welfare be upstaged by outsider groups that have invested far less time and money before finding a much bigger problem?

Australian Racing Greyhound attempted to contact CEOs Brent Hogan (GRNSW) and Adam Wallish (), to ask why proactive action had not been taken prior to the RSPCA and ABC jumping on board, but they were not willing to make additional comments relating to our questions.

Participants have the right to be angry. Not everyone does the wrong thing, but now everyone will be tarred with the same brush as headlines emerge left, right and centre that are essentially accusing the whole industry of being guilty of the actions of a few.

If the problem had been properly handled by the authorities earlier, surely it would not have spiralled out of control and into the public eye like it has.

One trainer expressed to me that live-baiting was comparable to drink-driving – even though some , they know it is wrong. If you get caught, bad luck, you deserve to be kicked out of the game.

People know they shouldn’t do it and so they deserve to get caught, but it shouldn’t have had to reach the stage where they are sprung by anti-racing groups. We have authority bodies for a reason, isn’t it time they started taking control of the sport they are supposed to manage? And shouldn’t they have been doing it without the pressure from the RSPCA and animal rights groups?

No matter what your view is on live baiting, I think we can all agree it would have been far better for the investigations to be handled ‘in-house’ by our authorities rather than having their hands forced and the industry’s image severely tarnished by groups whose main objective is to end greyhound racing.

Additionally, in a somewhat confusing turn of events, some tracks in New South Wales have also suspended finish-on trials. So now the perfectly humane and legal way to encourage dogs to chase has been taken away from trainers. Talk about mixed messages.

I love this industry and I want it to thrive, but it is naive to carry on thinking no one is doing the wrong thing. The authority bodies need to realise this and so do participants.

Although there may be tough times ahead, and it is certainly not something that I would ever like to see my cherished sport go through, perhaps this is the ammunition needed to incite the changes the industry so clearly needs to move forward to a bigger and brighter future.

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Carine Allder
Carine Allder
6 years ago

It is like that, there is evidence. This while industry is nothing more than a barbaric money making machine. Hope they all rot in a jail cell.

Peter Bryce
Peter Bryce
6 years ago

A good time for Greyhounds Australasia to replace the Lure with a foam tub of Winning Formula product at all Australian tracksOutlaw Race Broadcasters from using the term The Bunny is on its wayNo more Rabbits (dead.) on trial track armsBYO Liver or Ox tongue and reward your Greyhound with a peice to consume in the trailer on its way homeThere is an alternative to old practicesThis is 2015 after all

Sarge Man
Sarge Man
6 years ago

Honesty is found in truth Allana. Truth that this happened. The truth that a minority have been acting illegaly. Ban the abusers for life , I say. Seize their assets and donate the proceeds to charity.

Peter Bryce
Peter Bryce
6 years ago

The Greyhound Industry doesnt need King Hits like this from MediaA good time for a Forum of Industry Participants in a Ideas Summit to present ideas for the future of the Industry

Kerrie Stewart
Kerrie Stewart
6 years ago

Are you serious Sarge, go away, this is a completely different issue. I hope you don’t support this practice…..

Peter Bryce
Peter Bryce
6 years ago

Replace the Orange Buuny with Wiining Formula foam tubPedigree Pal foam Cana Foam BoneCmon GRV use your imaginatuon

Kim Baker
Kim Baker
6 years ago

Gee Sarge,You make it sound like all of those dogs that aren’t fast enough spend their early retirement on the couches of loving homes. How stupid do you really think the public are

Peter Bryce
Peter Bryce
6 years ago

A final message for those who believe this practice is widespread It is not

Kerrie Stewart
Kerrie Stewart
6 years ago

Sarge, GFY – oh and FYI – http://www.amishrakefight.org/gfy/

Sarge Man
Sarge Man
6 years ago

I take your point , but what these days is pure? Religion? The answer is nothing. BUT , those that are cruel and cheat to prosper must be thrown out and all prizemonies repaid and given to charity. I guess Im saying that whilst we like the World to be black and white , it isnt.

Sarge Man
Sarge Man
6 years ago

I’ll sign that. I own and disagree strongly with live baiting. Even though its already illegal I agree with the principle.

Govinda Lupusoru-Lange
Govinda Lupusoru-Lange
6 years ago

We would be living in a far worse world if the do gooders didn’t exist Justin, and you would have nothing to do.

Peter Bryce
Peter Bryce
6 years ago

Children watch?I saw ONE childOne too many I admit

Cony
Cony
6 years ago

Katherine how could you say you love the industry?! Greyhound racing is purely and simply = WRONG!!! I work with greyhounds and I see the abuse YOUR BELOVED industry bestows on them.

I am convinced more than ever that people like you and others in your trade are a disgrace to the planet and to mankind! 

Paul Luschwitz
Paul Luschwitz
6 years ago

entrepreneurs will always find a way when society wants excitement & gambling.

Sarge Man
Sarge Man
6 years ago

I confess I don t have all t he answers gang. But if we allow the POV of Greyhounds , all , being blooded the impacts will be wider than wed like. Thats all.

Kathryn Bentley
Kathryn Bentley
6 years ago

send your money to a po box to get a good box full of cheats

Sarge Man
Sarge Man
6 years ago

For real as that horror show was tonight mate. I race but will not breed now. My first racer is a great , ahem , bitch. But just the thought of one of her pups being blooded sickens me. just hope the joy that these pups have brought my children doesnt evaporate due to the actions of a few. It doesnt matter if they are high profile or not IMHO.

Troy Kilmister
Troy Kilmister
6 years ago

That story is the TRUE representation of what it really IS…….

Mark Riley
Mark Riley
6 years ago

I bet all the comments that are coming from the ladies wear makeup that have been tested on animals

Kathryn Bentley
Kathryn Bentley
6 years ago

mark i dont wear make up i am all natural

Righteous
Righteous
6 years ago

Don’t be a cunt Cony.

Peter Bryce
Peter Bryce
6 years ago

Please dont try to justify it Justin This Dinosaur needs to be exposed NOW so the industry can take a look in the mirror. Fix the issues and move forward

Kerrie Stewart
Kerrie Stewart
6 years ago

Mark, you are a twat. What a ridiculous comment. Sounds to me that you may even support this despicable practice. Al Barnes there appears to be more ‘haters” than supporters of this cruel truth.

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

I’m vegetarian myself however I don’t think the livestock used in the meat industry are tied to sticks and mauled to death for the sake of entertainment. So…..what’s your point?

Christie Quince
Christie Quince
6 years ago

The trainers shown (and all those who weren’t caught red handed) to be participating in live baiting sicken me. Greedy, immoral pieces of shit. You should all be subjected to the same treatment you gave those defenseless animals. I spit on the greyhound racing industry.

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

Also, just a tip! if you’re going to try and defend greyhound racing you might have wanted to draw a distinction between your practices and the practices of those that use live baiting. That is to say that there IS a distinction to be made.

Dean Allsop
Dean Allsop
6 years ago

Greyhounds are fantastic animals and the majority of Hobby trainers who have race dogs will agree that the dog always comes first and the care and attention put into their animals is second to none. We have still managed to win the odd race without resorting to this barbaric act of cruelty. Unfortunately where there is huge money on offer there will always be corruption at any level and some of the professional trainers who have large kennels will consistently find new ways to win races at any costs. GRV has no choice but to Life ban not just the… Read more »

Shezalenko U Beyooty
Shezalenko U Beyooty
6 years ago

Do Gooders? No, caring for other living things in this world is just common decency. Laughing while tying them down as bait is psychotic. You belong in the latter.

Kerrie Stewart
Kerrie Stewart
6 years ago

Rupert you are a cock. While you’re at it… GFY \U0001f603

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

Justin, do you use live baiting methods? Not sure why you’re getting all riled up… Don’t you want a cleaner industry?

Linda MB
Linda MB
6 years ago

How DARE YOU, how DARE you even try to refute what has been exposed. Sickening abhorent cruelty from sick bastards and for money and God know what sort of perverted gratification. Shut down your evil greedy industry.

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

Lol, Mark… are you trying to justify live baiting with the example of animal testing? Well aren’t you just a bag of silly! You don’t think they are as bad as each other and that people would be be in an uproar about both

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

As I said to a previous commenter, you might want to try and justify greyhound racing by making a distinction between your practices and those that use live baiting methods – assuming you can make a distinction….

Jade Highlands
Jade Highlands
6 years ago

How do you sleep at night??? Let’s tie YOU up and have a pack of dogs chase you around in circles. Rot in hell you vile people.

Teresa Fowler-Osborn
Teresa Fowler-Osborn
6 years ago

Well my dog was starved beaten and left for dead! Now I turn on TV and live baiting is added to your disgusting sport….. Animal cruelty and people make money from it

Linda Kilpatrick
Linda Kilpatrick
6 years ago

I watched the show tonight. I could not believe the corruption going on. Greyhounds I love , honest trainers where are they? Y live animals? Greyhounds need training come up with regulatory training and use something different. A new committee is what is needed in each state. Poor greyhounds trained by selfish idiots

Jo Gittos
Jo Gittos
6 years ago

Ugh was aware of this brutality as a young child….sick that nothing has changed

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

Greyhounds are beautiful animals. I think everyone here understands that it’s some of the people in the industry who are barbaric. Do you know if GRV bans for life on all of those that are seen to be using live baiting methods? I tried to get a response from greyhound racing New South Wales and they didn’t answer. They’re information page says ‘extensive ban’ which means absolutely nothing.

Vickie Broughton
Vickie Broughton
6 years ago

you are very wrong mark and regardless of who comments, it is disgusting!!

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

Hi Jewie and co. do you live bait? You seem like you’d be the type to get off on that sort of thing :)

Kellie Inglis
Kellie Inglis
6 years ago

Oh, by the way Jewie!! It’s ‘as well’ not ‘aswell’.

howdeppisyourlove
howdeppisyourlove
6 years ago

I hope this expose spells the death of this abhorrent industry. This is an industry for thugs, liars and law breakers. It is clear that the people who manage this industry and participate in it cannot be trusted to obey the law, respect and care for animals and generally just do the right thing. I hope none of you ever makes another dollar at the expense of tortured and abused animals.I will never put a dollar of my money into this industry and I will discourage everyone else I know to avoid this vile business. Shame on you all. I… Read more »

Alison Noble
Alison Noble
6 years ago

Dream on Al Barnes, the scum involved in live baiting must face maximum prison sentences and a life time ban from racing. Good luck on their ability to ‘forget’ this consequence. I just wish the maximum prison sentence was life for each and every animal they have harmed. This industry disgusts me and all those who watch and bet on this sport need to take a long hard look at their taste in ‘entertainment’.

Alison Noble
Alison Noble
6 years ago

You are a moron Justin.

Alison Noble
Alison Noble
6 years ago

Wrong Mark. You are a twat.

Mark Riley
Mark Riley
6 years ago

Thanks

Mark Riley
Mark Riley
6 years ago

I hear twats are useful

Dean Allsop
Dean Allsop
6 years ago

Think it may take a few days Kellie for all the dust to settle but I really hope these people are made an example of. From all reports I’ve heard 10 year suspension is on the cards plus whatever criminal charges applicable from RSPCA. GRV will most likely announce this over the coming days. Just hope this is looked at more seriously now and not just swept under the table

ArsenalFC1
ArsenalFC1
6 years ago

I think one thing we can all agree on is live baiting is sick, and I think who ever is found guilty of it should be banned for life from the industry jailed for 10 years+ and have assets taken from them but some of the comments on here are also sick and offensive to the people in the industry who have done the right thing and there are a lot of people who still think everyone does the wrong thing which is not true there are trainers who care about there greyhounds and would never lay a hand on them nor engage… Read more »