SHOOTERS, Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Robert Borsak has slammed the Animal Justice Party’s Mark Pearson for his last ditch attempt to bring down the greyhound racing industry.
On Thursday, Pearson revealed to Parliament he had lodged a written complaint to NSW Police, about criminal activity in the greyhound industry. He claims animal cruelty, illegal drugs, race-fixing and money laundering within the industry are rife.
Pearson’s allegations are based on Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) documents, delivered to the government under a Legislative Council Order for Papers.
Amongst these papers are ‘privileged’ and ‘non-privileged’ documents, many not available to the general public.
Pearson is now asking for the government to refrain from introducing a bill to repeal the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016, pending the outcome of a police investigation into his complaint.
Borsak, while a firm opponent of animal cruelty, believes the complaint and subsequent notice of motion is just a desperate move to further tarnish the greyhound racing industry.
“I think he is clutching at straws,” Borsak told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“This is the act of a desperate man whose culture beliefs are on the fringe of human beliefs.
“What he is pushing for all the time in Parliament is for the Police to be the force to enforce any issue relating to animals.
“At the end of the day he is hurting very much because his crazy program for the banning of greyhound racing has failed because the majority have spoken.
“Very few people with common sense actually believe what he believes… it’s just rubbish.”
Borsak said anything in the secret documents would have already been dealt with by authorities if they had any substance.
“I don’t believe he has got anything and if he does then let the law take its course, but I think if he did have something of substance then action would have been taken a long time ago,” he said.
“I think it is an act to gain some sort of sympathy, some sort of fringe publicity for a failed agenda which will never succeed in NSW let alone Australia.”
With the animal rights crowds making a racket in recent times, Borsak alluded it is dangerous territory to be pandering to these fringe groups. Pearson, the face of the Animal Justice Party, won the last seat in the NSW Legislative Assembly at the 2015 State election and went through a honey mood period, before the reversal the greyhound ban.
“He has been shown reality in his very first year and a half in the Upper House – he thought he was going to have a major win (banning greyhound racing) – but the people of NSW have spoken,” he said.
“It’s not just greyhound racing people, it’s everybody. No one wants to see law-abiding citizens criminalised, but that’s exactly what he wants to do.
“This is a man that wants to have the police knock on your door and arrest you for not feeding your cat or for walking your dog without a leash, he is mad.
“That won’t happen. The police don’t have any role in investigating animal related cruelty, that’s the role of the RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League.
“I don’t see that he has got anything that he could possible add to the argument.
“An animal rights theology is a very dangerous set of ideas because it puts the value of animals and their life above those of humans and their rights.
“We shouldn’t take too much notice of him.”