Time for a fresh start: ARG responds to live-baiting crisis

MAKE no mistake, greyhound racing in Australia is teetering on the brink of destruction.

The calls for an end to greyhound racing are coming from far and wide in the aftermath of the Four Corners expose originating from Animal Liberation Queensland’s efforts.

Over the past eight years of Australian Racing Greyhound, we have observed, heard and frequently been on the end of abuse and “requests” to stop the sport.

In the past two years those voices have grown louder and the support base has spread from the fanatical animal welfare “professionals” to those further from the fringes.

In the past 12 hours, those voices have been joined by many sensible, reasonable-thinking Australians who have quickly taken to social media to express their outrage – and justifiably so.

What was shown on Monday night in the living rooms of Australia is indefensible.

There are no words which can placate those assaulted by the images or mitigate the reactions to the vision.

Greyhound racing has reached a crossroad – it can continue on in a whole new form with new leadership and a new set of values; or it can go the way so many have before it.

To survive, greyhound racing will require strong, transparent leadership with a strong focus on integrity and welfare – we do not have that currently. It could be argued all racing codes suffer this dilemma, and recent fiascos in AFL and NRL demonstrate integrity is not an issue reserved for the racing codes, but greyhound racing has suffered from a terminal lack of “backbone” from its leaders who are all too happy to hide behind “incidents” and “ongoing investigations” than to put forward the brutal truth.

In the lead-up to the most destructive media event of the year, our leaders seemed to be more concerned with controlling the message than providing that transparency. It was difficult to extract comment from GRV, and the fact we are the only independent media organisation devoted to the coverage of Australian greyhound racing online should not be lost in the noise. This is the same group of people who invited the ABC journalists in on the pretence they were doing a positive story on increasing popularity and TAB turnover in the sport. The words naïve and inept come to mind.

Due in no small part to the short-sighted dealings of the Greyhound Action Group in New South Wales, who got into bed with the Greens and animal welfare groups to get its facile NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the sport off the ground last year, the bright light of the animal welfare and anti-racing groups was already shining on greyhound racing. After Monday night, that spotlight has turned supernova and includes many who the sport may have considered allies. The heartland of greyhound support, the blue- and white-collar families of suburbia, have turned on the sport in numbers; and the horse racing crowd and their high-profile names have lent their support to calls to ban the sport.

Clearly greyhound racing is on the wrong path; the vast and overwhelming venom and disgust for the sport are palpable.

Swift, dramatic and conclusive changes must take place, and they must take place immediately.

Those who led us here, whether through ignorance or apathy, must be removed for there to be any hope that confidence in the sport will return.

Australian Racing Greyhound is calling for the chairs of the three boards concerned – Greyhound Racing Victoria, Greyhound Racing New South Wales and Racing Queensland – to stand down or be removed at once.

Australian Racing Greyhound is calling for the chief executive officers of the three racing authorities concerned – Greyhound Racing Victoria, Greyhound Racing New South Wales and Racing Queensland – to stand down or be removed.

Australian Racing Greyhound is calling for the chief stewards of the three authorities concerned – Greyhound Racing Victoria, Greyhound Racing New South Wales and Racing Queensland – to stand down or be removed.

Australian Racing Greyhound is calling for life bans for those identified in the vision as perpetuating these acts of extreme animal abuse.

Australian Racing Greyhound is calling for an end to the revolving door of suspensions and disqualifications being subverted by authorising the transfer of greyhounds from the offending trainer to their spouse.

Only clear and decisive actions such as these will even partially restore faith that our authorities can properly administer the sport.

Australian Racing Greyhound fears it is too late.

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Patrick Heffernan
Patrick Heffernan
6 years ago

Damage control. The wankers running this industry across all states need to be stood down, effective immediately.

Melissa Aramini
Melissa Aramini
6 years ago

Jared Della Casa

Jared Della Casa
Jared Della Casa
6 years ago

Correction killed humanely

Todman
Todman
6 years ago

this is a minimum all three states must act decisively, the other states need to make sure nothing else occurs in their domain, disgusting evidence and those on the Internet trying to defend their mates get a life or there will be no greyhound racing at all

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
6 years ago

You have my full support Kevin, but how do we go about it as one because those in smoke filled rooms will only do it if its of advantage to them?

RISirius
RISirius
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing It’s just too late.
It’s not like we don’t know some will do anything for $$.
Should’ve been heavily reg’d from the start.

sgt_rawk
sgt_rawk
6 years ago

CosmicRami GreyhoundRacing I found it curious that everyone was so shocked that it was actually happening.

solvitgc
solvitgc
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing 4corners PommyTikka AnimalsAus to have know about this practice and done nothing does not cut it.

Wolfie_Rankin
Wolfie_Rankin
6 years ago

CosmicRami GreyhoundRacing “Strong Leadership” Hrmmm where have I heard that before?

GreyhoundRacing
GreyhoundRacing
6 years ago

Wolfie_Rankin CosmicRami possibly poor choice of words – but those who allowed this to happen on their watch must stand down

Thenativecat
Thenativecat
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing 4corners PommyTikka AnimalsAus Its been going on 4 over 30yrs in Sydney,common knowledge. Greyhound ind full of psychos

miamiaman
miamiaman
6 years ago

CosmicRami Wolfie_Rankin GreyhoundRacing Para 4 is a killer.If u had listened 2 those u denigrate in that para u wldn’t b in this mess

Treehugger
Treehugger
6 years ago

Agghh, the sweet smell of  a dying industry, flailing around like one of those poor bloody possums last night.  Not a second before time.  Lets face it, you had your chance to have a clean welfare friendly industry and you blew it, no one to blame but yourselves.

Percyvale1
Percyvale1
6 years ago

4corners GreyhoundRacing Is He for real?!

Jason Matthews
Jason Matthews
6 years ago

I agree Tony Cooper..

drekka
drekka
6 years ago

If caught: immediate life ban for ALL associated owners, trainers and their immediate families. Immediate confiscation of all dogs owned or managed. Life ban from ever owning any dogs in the future.
And for those actually proven to be directly inflicting or participating in the cruelty depicted (either to bait or dogs): Jail terms not less that 6 months, with more time added depending on estimates of animals killed.

Ban_Live_Export
Ban_Live_Export
6 years ago

4corners GreyhoundRacing Aside from the obvious animal cruelty issues, what about all those that bet on dogs that weren’t live baited?

MatthewRyanBuckley
MatthewRyanBuckley
6 years ago

What was exposed on  “Four Corners” last night absolutely sickening and infuriating. The people responsible for such barbaric treatment of animals deserve life in gaol without parole.
Also, as the “Four Corners” episode pointed out, not only is live baiting horrendously cruel to animals it is a form cheating. Thus, I suspect people who bet on, and owners of, dogs who would have won races had those races not been fixed would be justified in launching a class action lawsuit.

Lpstik_Lbrarian
Lpstik_Lbrarian
6 years ago

NicHalley follow me ya biyatch! ;-)

Chloeebunny
Chloeebunny
6 years ago

4corners GreyhoundRacing this “sport” should be banned, too much money & greed which allows for animal cruelty

RufusLelevrier
RufusLelevrier
6 years ago

ARG just can’t help blaming “the Greens and animal welfare groups” for the mess the racing industry is in. If only those “short-sighted” people in the Greyhound Action Group hadn’t teamed up with them to start the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry, we’re told, the bright light they cast on the racing industry wouldn’t now be going supernova!
Sounds like ARG is more upset that the truth has gotten out than they are that the racing industry is riddled with cruel animal abusers right up to its highest levels.

ChayNeal
ChayNeal
6 years ago

4corners GreyhoundRacing Or a fresh END to this barbaric sport which clearly has systemic issues and has had for countless decades!

MarionPurnell
MarionPurnell
6 years ago

Brings a whole new meaning to the words “not cat friendly”.

Annette Haridan
Annette Haridan
6 years ago

But I don’t expect the perpetrators will get any serious, if any, punishment. Money a(nd mates with things to hide for each other), buys peoples silence and the power brokers will close ranks. I have already heard some high porfile people in your industy trying to suggest it’s not happening ‘very much’, if at all. now. Casting doubt on the #4corners program. And a trainer demonstrating how to tie a little live animal, like a toy, on a tether and as it tries to jump around on the ground to escape, letting dogs maul it to death in front of… Read more »

Bobby Etheridge
Bobby Etheridge
6 years ago

This ‘sport’ has got to end.  The people involved with animal cruelty will not change because they have been caught, that kind of depravity never leaves them.  Also, the 4 Corners program only addressed one area of the sickening abuse, there’s more, much more still to come out of the grimy pits of greyhound training. The same callus abuse is used on the dogs themselves, they are given illegal drugs routinely, and are subjected to physical and mental trauma to make them run faster and finally they are either euthanised, bled out or shot.  It’s to late for them to… Read more »

JennyAnthony
JennyAnthony
6 years ago

Your solution kill off 100000 pups and adult greyhounds to stop animal cruelty. The majority of greyhound people play by the rules, but they should be penalised too, that’s fair. Why not allow the industry to react and improve. Animal welfare has become a big issue in recent times with the improvement in the dog keeping being a priority, spreading their resources. Now with the extra funding and laws changing for surveillance and entering of premises brought about because of these raids, they can target the wrongdoers.

Roger Clark
Roger Clark
6 years ago

Outstanding article, and I agree that the proposal for the three positions in each state to be vacated immediately is essentiol to any possible solution to this problem. Those identified should be banned, and none of their dogs should be able to be transferred to anyone remotely related to them, let alone their spouse. The dogs should be removed from their properties for good, and the properties not allowed for use for greyhounds while still owned by the,.

MarionPurnell
MarionPurnell
6 years ago

JennyAnthony Why not allow for the industry to react and improve? The industry has had 150 years to react and improve and just look how fantastically clean the industry is right now! It’s crooked to the core. Let’s face it.

MarionPurnell
MarionPurnell
6 years ago

Why are comments being deleted from this article?

MarionPurnell
MarionPurnell
6 years ago

why are comments being deleted from this article?

Roger Clark
Roger Clark
6 years ago

MarionPurnell JennyAnthony I am sorry that I do not agree that it is rotten to the core. I have been in the industry for 50 years, there are bad apples in every industry, community, group, country, race, wherever you look, but the vast majority should not be punished. Even if Trial tracks are only able to be open a certain number of hours each day, under GRV, or independently appointed stewards.

Roger Clark
Roger Clark
6 years ago

I am sure the RSPCA will ensure the perpetrators of these acts are adequately punished. They have been caught on film, can’t argue with that, and it’s been seen on national television.

Roger Clark
Roger Clark
6 years ago

JennyAnthony Well said Jenny.

RaceMedia
6 years ago

MarionPurnell Nothing is deleted

Bobby Etheridge
Bobby Etheridge
6 years ago

Jenny it’s not my solution to kill pups and adult dogs, it’s the industry’s. They get rid of, in the order of 20,000 per year. Surplus to requirements, overbreeding, injuries, non chasers and just too slows, broodies that have had far too many litters.  How do you know that the majority ‘play by the rules’?  The Integrity Officers, were supposed to find these offenders, they had a large budget to to it, and they didn’t, what does that tell you? Some ‘Not for Profit’ organisation found them on a meagre budget. You’re right Animal Welfare is a big issue, but… Read more »

Michael
Michael
6 years ago

I’m surprised at the shock value that has come about from this four corners program. Todays greyhound racing came about from coursing (which was 2 greyhounds chasing a live hare) and its a certainty it’s been going on ever since and as much as anyone wants to deny it, is common knowledge within the industry it happens. In saying that, it’s also a certainty that not all trainers are involved in the disgusting, brutal abuse that was shown on the program last night, but how can it be controlled if it has’nt been somewhat already with the money that has… Read more »

Retired grey
Retired grey
6 years ago

Good comments Kevin, but don’t tell me that the “good trainers” didn’t know about these cruel mongrels. You are correct there needs to be a very very big broom used to remove ineffectual buffoons from the executive.
Then the problem is finding strong honest people to replace them, good luck with that.
Good trainers need to stand up and out the ones that haven’t been caught, and don’t tell me there aren’t any more.
No mates, no excuses otherwise the public will be right in putting you all in the same boat as those curs on Four Corners.

PommyTikka
PommyTikka
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing you must have known about baiting, can you please confirm or deny that? AnimalsAus 4corners

noel oakes
noel oakes
6 years ago

C’mon Bobby, look at the people who run this site as well. They remained silent throughout because they lack the moral fibre to turn away the money this industry affords them for half pretending to be an impartial real source of industry news while making value comments on the merits of truly independant initiatives to clean up this sick, bankrupt industry. Isn’t that right Kevin? Great post by Bobby below Jenny it’s not my solution to kill pups and adult dogs, it’s the industry’s. They get rid of, in the order of 20,000 per year. Surplus to requirements, overbreeding, injuries,… Read more »

AaronC_GPLNZ
6 years ago

So the offenders are now saying everyone does it?

Broc Casey
Broc Casey
6 years ago

No Tony Cooper all greyhounds want is good quality food, a warm soft bed (NOT IN A CAGE!) someone to love and care for them to give them cuddles at night and pat them ANYONE who has greyhounds in cages is a disgusting human and i hope your whole industry burns

Ian Rose
Ian Rose
6 years ago

What type of gutter scum are you,the majority of greyhound owners and trainers look after their dogs better than your type look after their kids.

Broc Casey
Broc Casey
6 years ago

your type whats that? people who care about the welfare of dogs, people who dont put there greyhounds in cages to sleep on a piece of wood, people who dont take there dog to vet to be killed but for a check up or people who feed there dogs real food. I dont have kids mate i have greyhounds resuced greyhounds who came to me in horrible horific condiction with every bone in there body showing. So i’d much rather be with my type thanks my dogs sleep in my bed at night under the blankets they lounge about on… Read more »

RufusLelevrier
RufusLelevrier
6 years ago

Roger Clark Three days later, nobody has been charged. But another $6 million has been thrown at GRV in the vain hope that the incompetent self-regulators can finally figure out how to make racing cruelty-free.

Roger Clark
Roger Clark
6 years ago

RufusLelevrier Roger Clark Rest assured they will be, GRV still do not have clearance from their legal advisers to even name the perpetrators yet. As soon as they do all names will be revealed. The RSPCA will be laying charges as soon as all legal obstacles are removed. They are the minority and they have the might of the authorities, and the majority against them. Innocent people are being hurt as well and I can tell you they don’t like it. Please be patient, it is all happening, the entire Board and CEO have been sacked in NSW. Watch this space… Read more »

GeoffSlattery
GeoffSlattery
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing Needs national response, not state by state. This has been a failure in all codes. #AFL federal model needs to apply.

GreyhoundRacing
GreyhoundRacing
6 years ago

GeoffSlattery KevinPitstock The state based partisan approach in all racing is counter productive to good administration #greyhoundracing

TommyBrislane
TommyBrislane
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing KevinPitstock When will they learn? Sacking all boards etc. is not the answer unless Federal model is applied in response

WiseOne68
WiseOne68
6 years ago

TommyBrislane GreyhoundRacing KevinPitstock this State vs State rubbish has to stop. We must ALL work together at a national level!!!

Retired grey
Retired grey
6 years ago

Thanks for the update.
What has happened to the dogs belonging to these mongrels? I know in Queensland they have been seized.
I’m concerned that they are now not making money for these bludgers that their health and welfare is a risk.
I have asked RSPCA what is happening with them but they just send me on to the state greyhound authorities, which at this point is useless.
Are there reputable people in the industry that can care for them?

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