CEE CEE QUOTED and Dorak Dessa, alongside Keybow, were the greyhounds named in the damning Four Corners program aired on Monday night, February 16. That date, to borrow Franklin Roosevelt’s famous phrase following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, “will live in infamy”.
And so it should. I have followed and loved this sport/industry since I was an early teenager and was disgusted and reviled by each and every person caught on camera committing and condoning acts of outright evil.
Three or four occasions a couple of decades ago I would be at the track and the “whisper” would go around that such-and-such “has been given a kill”. True or not I don’t know, because I didn’t know the trainers or owners to confirm or deny the rumours. But I do know one thing: not one of those greyhounds ever won their race.
I looked up the records of Cee Cee Quoted and Dorak Dessa and it came as no surprise to me that between them they have raced 23 times for one win. Basically, they appear to be quite average-to-ordinary conveyances and yet the hidden cameras showed a pair of prominent industry people trying to basically turn water into wine.
Not one of those caught on camera, or anyone else who may later be found to have actively participated in these vile acts, should ever be allowed near a greyhound, or any other animal for that matter, ever again.
I can only agree 100 per cent with Kevin Pitstock that it is time for a fresh start. As Kevin wrote, “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…”
Surely the most immediate change that can take place is to close every private trialling establishment and do what they do in Tasmania, conduct all training at public courses, under proper supervision.
Basically, when actions can take place behind closed doors as it were, then given the amounts of money available in the sport nowadays, skulduggery will inevitably take place.
There has clearly been a lack of resolve across all sectors of the industry. Incompetence rules, that is obvious. Rigorous enforcement is just a buzzword, a phrase to be trotted out to keep people happy.
Are we seriously meant to believe that not a word or a hint about these disgusting practices had leaked out? Not a word? And yet a couple of anonymous calls to those who were prepared to take action led to the damning footage we saw on Monday night. I’m surprised those caught blatantly lying to camera about concern for “animal welfare” didn’t burst into uncontrollable laughter.
A couple of young writers for this website have penned passionate defences of the sport and the breed in recent months. Both come from deep greyhound backgrounds and I believe represent the vast majority of those within our sport/industry. Sadly, they, and others like them, will now be tainted alongside those shown on the Four Corners program.
The enemy is within our own ranks and they extend from the perpetrators of these sadistic, inhumane practices to those who have either turned a blind eye to what has been happening under their very noses for so long, or, as appears to be the case in some instances, been willing participants despite having held down senior positions.
I hope justice will prevail and they will face the full weight of the law as well as the opprobrium of their communities.
To my mind the only industry participant who came out of the program with any kudos was Amanda Hill, the former GRV and now Tasmanian-based steward. What this industry/sport needs right now, not tomorrow or next month, or after some fumbling in-house inquiries, is a dozen or 24 Amanda Hills.