Greens MP John Kaye calls for suspension of greyhound racing

DESPITE NSW Troy Grant announcing the board and CEO of Racing NSW had stood down overnight, Greens NSW MP and racing spokesperson John Kaye has called for an immediate suspension of all greyhound racing.

Kaye welcomed Grant’s removal of the hierarchy and the admission self-regulation of the industry has failed, but said anything short of stopping all races would fail to prevent participants from profiting from alleged live-baiting activities.

“By refusing to suspend all greyhound races, Minister Grant is failing to stop the flow of blood money,” Kaye explained.

“He is allowing trainers and owners that have live-baited their dogs to continue to profit from their extreme cruelty.

“The live-baiting scandal goes beyond the handful of trainers exposed by ABC TV Four Corners. Any money now bet and won on a greyhound race has almost certainly been corrupted by .

“Trainers live-bait their dogs to give them a winning edge. All races must be suspended to stop these participants profiting from their unconscionable behaviour and the opportunity for any incentive for the practice to continue.”

Kaye said further investments were required to ensure greyhounds were properly catered for should there be a suspension of racing.

“Urgent action is needed to protect the of the dogs whose owners and trainers have been caught live baiting,” he said.

“Disqualified from racing, these dogs face a bleak future.

“As a matter of urgency the Minister must direct the -appointed CEO to allocate existing industry funds to rehabilitate and rehome dogs that have been brutalised by live baiting.

“If the Minister fails to prioritise the rehoming of dogs that have been blooded, he is perpetuating the crisis.

“Greyhounds are typically gentle and friendly companions. It is criminal that GRNSW has allowed participants to train these dogs to maul defenceless animals in a despicable grab for greater profits.”

Kaye also commented on the announcement of a new taskforce, to investigate training methods used in NSW and to supervise the running of trial tracks and training establishments.

The taskforce is also set to ensure that GRNSW and other agencies, such as RSPCA NSW, are powerful enough to fully investigate any alleged animal welfare issues within the sport.

The taskforce will be headed by former High Court justice and eminent legal practitioner Michael McHugh AC, QC.

“Minister Grant’s new should be open and accountable, in stark contrast to the body it is investigating,” Kaye said.

“The terms of reference would be published and the hearings should be open to the public wherever possible.

“It is critical that the panel consults with the organisations whose bravery and commitment to animal welfare exposed the abhorrent practices.”

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Trish Pengilly
Trish Pengilly
6 years ago

Amazing really, I see similarities in both the greyhound racing industry and politician, cant be trusted, god only knows what they do behind closed doors and would lie to your face while smiling and denying all wrong doings. Yep, peas in a pod

Danny Tapper
Danny Tapper
6 years ago

These morons that tie down defenseless animals and let there greyhounds attack them, lets tie down someone they care for or their family pet for example, it’s just as bad as dog fighting, how do you think the greyhounds are blooded in the first place when they first start off

Linda MB
Linda MB
6 years ago

The look a the data, most are killed for not being fast enough.

Patricia Williams
Patricia Williams
6 years ago

Who will care for the dogs. People cannot afford to keep lots of dogs,puppies etc if no money coming in. Mr Kaye might like a few, maybe a dozen, to look after.

Lee Bartholomew
Lee Bartholomew
6 years ago

Pathetic people that comment on things they no nothing about

James Robertson
James Robertson
6 years ago

You voted for them

Dean Allsop
Dean Allsop
6 years ago

Whats funny is how people who have no idea about greyhounds are all of a sudden experts lol. Humans are so Fickle!

Cathy French
Cathy French
6 years ago

what a fuckhead…..what would happen to the dogs,,,,i dont believe some people..get rid of the dicks who do livebaitin..leave the bloody dogs alone…..