CRANEBROOK trainer Wayne Smith has been immediately suspended from training for alleged live-baiting offences following ongoing investigations by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW).
The action to suspend Smith is in connection with the alleged live baiting at the property of Zeke Kadir, who has already been stood down by GRNSW. Smith was identified as a person of interest by GRNSW after viewing footage taken from secret surveillance cameras which were supplied by RSPCA NSW.
Three of Smith’s unnamed greyhounds have also been suspended pending an inquiry into his behaviour, since the damning screening of ABC’s Four Corners program last month. .
In more news from NSW, GRNSW announced they had incorrectly identified one of the greyhounds suspended on Monday as Ritza Rose. The authority body said the greyhound is not suspended and is cleared to race as per normal. They also apologised to the connections of Ritza Rose, none of whom are under suspicion for live-baiting practises.
GRNSW reminded those with concerns about the greyhound industry, which includes the suspected mistreatment of animals or any integrity issues, to contact the new greyhound welfare and integrity hotline. The hotline is available 24/7 on 1800 680 174 or online at www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/submit-greyhound-welfare-or-integrity-concern.
Racing Queensland welcomes new greyhound industry review
The Queensland state government has decided to hold an independent review into the animal welfare issues within the Queensland greyhound industry, a move which has been welcomed by Racing Queensland.
CEO of Racing Queensland Darren Condon said they support any actions that will seek to improve animal welfare and stamp out any acts of animal cruelty in the future.
“Racing Queensland has fully supported the Queensland Police Service and RSPCA in their current investigations and we will continue to show this same level of co-operation and work with the review announced today,” Mr Condon said.
“We take our responsibility to police racing in Queensland very seriously and we will welcome any opportunity which will lead to improvements in the greyhound industry.
“Racing Queensland will continue to build on our current integrity measures and ensure that in the longer term the industry operates in line with contemporary community expectations.”
The independent review comes after Racing Queensland moved to implement a range of new measures to target improving the welfare of greyhounds within the industry and rid the sport of animal cruelty.
- A ban on the use of any organic material used on the lure for the purpose of training greyhounds, ensuring that no further animals are harmed.
- Teams of stewards which will be inspecting kennels across the state looking for evidence of animal cruelty and recording data in regards to the dogs on each property.
- Introducing a new animal welfare and integrity levy on all greyhound prize money, breeding and subsidy schemes, expected to raise a whopping $1.6 million annually.