Live-baiting scandal: more suspensions on way in Victoria

GREYHOUND Racing Victoria CEO Adam Wallish has told Australian Racing Greyhound that it expects to stand down more registered participants in coming days as the live-baiting saga intensifies. 


The state body suspended the registration of 10 participants and the Tooradin Trial Track last week for alleged baiting offences after it was advised on Wednesday that the RSPCA had been investigating alleged illegal activity at the track.



After receiving further information from the RSPCA and the Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sal Perna, last Friday, GRV made the decision to instantly suspend the registrations. 



While GRV is yet to formally disclose any names, shocking vision on the ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday seemingly identified many of the implicated trainers, including one of Australia’s top mentors. 



On Wednesday, Wallish said more suspensions were on the way, while he would not divulge when GRV would confirm the names of all suspended participants.



“We are still acting in accordance with our legal advice at the moment not to make those names public so until that changes we will keep them within GRV,” he said.



“We are going through the process at the moment and within the next day or two it is likely that [more suspensions] will happen.”



Wallish went on to say GRV had no tolerance for those who engaged in live-baiting activities. 



“We are all disgusted by the footage and the criminal behaviour that we saw on the Four Corners program on Monday night, it was despicable. Make no mistake, it was criminal behaviour and I am sure that the RSPCA and GRV will prosecute as hard as we can.”



While there has been speculation the sport may be suspended following the shocking Four Corners vision that depicted participants training their dogs by allowing them to maul rabbits, pigs and native possums, Wallish also said he believed that was highly unlikely.



“I don’t think it is warranted (suspending racing) and I think that it is over the top and I think it would be very unlikely to happen,” he said.



“Greyhound Racing employs directly 3000 people in Victoria and 20,000 people are involved. We have an economic impact in Victoria of $350,000,000, it is an important business, so I think it would be unlikely.”



In other developments:

  • Greyhound Racing NSW has stood down another three participants for alleged baiting offences. Trainers Majella Ferguson and David Sundstrom have been stood down pending further investigation. GRNSW’s actions follow property inspections by RSPCA NSW in connection with alleged live-baiting activity at the Londonderry property of Zeke Kadir last week. Kadir was one of the five participants stood down last Friday. GRNSW said it felt confident it could identify another seven people who are of interest in relation to the footage captured on the property between December 5, 2014, and January 29, 2015. Licensed trainer Bruce Carr has also been suspended after GRNSW removed four live rabbits from his property.
  • One of the sport’s biggest sponsors – meat provider Macro Meats Gourmet Game – on Wednesday withdrew its support. Macro Meats boss Ray Borda told the Sydney Morning Herald: “It’s not just a business decision, it’s a personal decision. I’m as appalled as everybody else. It sickens me, my staff and a lot of people in the public.” Borda said the company, which sponsored Albion Park in Brisbane as well as races such as the Golden Easter Egg, could return as a sponsor but “they’d have to address animal welfare issues, that’s the No.1 problem, and change the image of what it is”.
  • Animal Liberation Queensland has renewed calls for the state government to scrap its planned $12 million track at Cronulla Park at Logan. And former Brisbane Lions AFL superstar Jonathan Brown has stepped aside from his role as an ambassador for Queensland greyhound racing.
  • Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, famously one of Australia’s leading greyhound owners,  told News Limited via email: “Greyhounds have been a part of my life from my earliest memories and I’m devastated that the industry has been smeared by the actions of a minority. I’m horrified by the revelations.’’
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    FrankieMeyer
    FrankieMeyer
    6 years ago

    I   do hope the suspension are  people from the controlling bodies  in each state  you have to be replaced as you  failed everyone in the greyhound industry  none of you did the job that was required,  INTEGRITY STAFF, ANIMAL WELFARE, GRADING, MANAGEMENT  GO  RESIGN  join one of the other racing codes

    Ian Rose
    Ian Rose
    6 years ago

    Vince Cassar

    Ian Rose
    Ian Rose
    6 years ago

    It didnt take Baird long, grnsw board sacked.

    Anthony Webb
    Anthony Webb
    6 years ago

    The grnsw board sacked and so should grv board

    Rob De la Hunty
    Rob De la Hunty
    6 years ago

    Rub Them out for life

    Ian Kurzke
    Ian Kurzke
    6 years ago

    Time for some Tough action with Huge Fines and suspensions for all involved….but You can bet they will continue on in the Sport with there Wife or Relations taking over the Training and getting on with business per usual…. been going on for Years and if we have to claw back some credibility in Greyhond Racing this must not be allowed.!!!!

    Nozza Wilson
    Nozza Wilson
    6 years ago

    Name and shame them all

    FrankieMeyer
    FrankieMeyer
    6 years ago

    I   do hope the suspension are  people from the controlling bodies  in each state  you have to be replaced as you  failed everyone in the greyhound industry  none of you did the job that was required,  INTEGRITY STAFF, ANIMAL WELFARE, GRADING, MANAGEMENT  GO  RESIGN  join one of the other racing codes 

    Ian Rose
    Ian Rose
    6 years ago

    Vince Cassar

    Ian Rose
    Ian Rose
    6 years ago

    It didnt take Baird long, grnsw board sacked.

    Anthony Webb
    Anthony Webb
    6 years ago

    The grnsw board sacked and so should grv board

    Rob De la Hunty
    Rob De la Hunty
    6 years ago

    Rub Them out for life

    Peter Smith
    Peter Smith
    6 years ago

    Qld should follow suit and sack RQ

    Ian Kurzke
    Ian Kurzke
    6 years ago

    Time for some Tough action with Huge Fines and suspensions for all involved….but You can bet they will continue on in the Sport with there Wife or Relations taking over the Training and getting on with business per usual…. been going on for Years and if we have to claw back some credibility in Greyhond Racing this must not be allowed.!!!!

    Nozza Wilson
    Nozza Wilson
    6 years ago

    Name and shame them all