Leading trainer disgusted at ABC footage

A NATION is disgusted with the greyhound racing industry following Monday night’s investigative Four Corners report into live baiting, which left many participants equally as shocked and saddened.

Vision from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland has emerged of trainers allowing dogs to maul rabbits, pigs and native possums while they are still alive.

One leading trainer agreed to speak with Australian Racing Greyhound to convey their horror at the appalling revelations. This person has chosen to remain anonymous due to their involvement in the greyhound racing industry and how their opinions may position them within the sport during this difficult time.

“I think it is devastating for the industry,” they said. “We have to rise off the canvas now and show that our sport isn’t just all about that and there is people in this industry that care about their dogs and don’t do that sort of thing.”

The trainer went on to explain the investigation did not offer a clear portrayal of the entire industry, with those involved representing just a fraction of the greyhound racing fraternity.

“It is not like we all do it, it put it out there like we are all doing the same thing, but I don’t think that is right.

“It just paints all with the same brush, that we are all bad. Some of those blokes in Queensland, the clothes they were wearing, what they were doing, laughing around and joking about it – it was mountain men stuff.

“The worst part is they were enjoying it and now it makes us all look the same. It just made us look horrendous and I don’t know if I really want to be a part of all this because you cannot defend it – what could you say after what we have seen?

“We are all looked upon as bad, evil scum people. When I meet new people these days, I am embarrassed to tell them what I do and that is not a good thing because I have been in this industry for nearly my whole life.”

The trainer who spoke with us is one of the most respected in and is against the practice of live-baiting. Yet, they are a 1-winning conditioner, proving there are other ways to train a greyhound to chase successfully.

“It is going to come across in this [Four Corners] story that it is the only way to train a greyhound, but that to me is totally false. Dogs chase normally anyway, they will chase a piece of paper, it’s what they do. It is not like it [live baiting] is the only way to do it,” they said.

“A lot of dogs are just good chasers and don’t need any encouragement, but we can give them arm trials at any of the tracks. That consists of a squeaker or a teaser to make a noise, which you can put on the arm legally, the dog will bite on and they get their reward that way.

“This is not the end of greyhound racing because there are other avenues to make a dog chase.”

The trainer mentioned harsh penalties needed to be enforced to ensure these types of practices are eradicated from the sport.

“There is no good to come out of it at all – it has come out as bad as it could have. I know some of these guys, but I certainly don’t condone what they have done.

“You start to question with all the things that have happened in the sport recently, are the authorities doing as much as they should be doing?

“[The authorities] need to come down heavily on these people, forget about who they are, and not let their partners train dogs – because then it is just back to business as usual.”

Our trainer was left speechless at the vision, which was enough to make them start to think about their position within the industry.

“… I made the call the other day that maybe we should turn our property into a pet place and forget the greyhounds because the industry has gone to the point where I don’t think anyone trusts it.

“This sort of thing doesn’t go down well with anybody and if this is what makes you a top trainer then who wants to be one? I would rather go to the nth degree to make sure the dog is 100 per cent, to make sure every bit of feed is the best kind of feed I can possibly feed them.

“We do all those little things [to look after our dogs] and then you see the vision like that and it makes you wonder what you are even doing.”

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Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
6 years ago

Great minds think alike my dearest Jodi xx

Glynn Phillip Jarrett
Glynn Phillip Jarrett
6 years ago

FUCKING LIES! You are all into live bating

Glynn Phillip Jarrett
Glynn Phillip Jarrett
6 years ago

yeah yeah, I am GOOD trainer. Stop the BULLSHIT

Glynn Phillip Jarrett
Glynn Phillip Jarrett
6 years ago

As if you did not know, and what did u do about it?

Glynn Phillip Jarrett
Glynn Phillip Jarrett
6 years ago

appalled because you GOT CAUGHT!

Greg Dennis
Greg Dennis
6 years ago

Clean out the Mongrel trainers live baiting,they make your Bussiness smelly.

Greg Dennis
Greg Dennis
6 years ago

So you all do it? I pray to God those who do suffer the full force of our piss weak Justice System Dawn

Greg Dennis
Greg Dennis
6 years ago

It’s a smelly Bussiness using beautiful Dogs,not the dogs fault just those Barbarous Trainers.

Greg Dennis
Greg Dennis
6 years ago

Well said Glynn

Greg Dennis
Greg Dennis
6 years ago

It’s a smelly sport,not because of the Dogs but because of cruel heartless Barbarian who train dogs like this,fortunately not all of you I hope.

Jeremy Heys
Jeremy Heys
6 years ago

Stop touching little boys Greg

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Greg , what is Jeremy talking about ? U have issues my boy

Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
6 years ago

I’m not a trainer Glynn? So don’t SWEAR at me! People in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. Speaking of glass, get a pair of glasses and read what I say before you DARE question me!

Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
6 years ago

But by all means, I’m happy to stick it to you & you’re most welcome to go to my family farm and visit the retired race horses or even my home with fostered retired Greys. I serve humble pie & your words to eat.

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Jeremy , Gregy ain’t happy

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Why court for greg ? I don’t understand ? Are u part of greyhound Victoria ?

Jeremy Heys
Jeremy Heys
6 years ago

Not interested in going to your court case Gregory.I’ll leave that for you.

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

I’ll report u then Gregy , u silly boy

Jeremy Heys
Jeremy Heys
6 years ago

Poor Greggy \U0001f618You’ve threatened to kill poor Jewie Jam and called him names.

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Wonder what court it will be at ?? I’m gonna come an watch , should be entaining viewing

Jeremy Heys
Jeremy Heys
6 years ago

Got the evidence here.Feeding him to great white sharks.You really are a sick piece of work greggy.Up there with those who are live baiting.

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Greg please defend yourself ? If you have said this butral comment , it doesn’t look good

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Onya loz

Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
6 years ago

Thanks mate. Loved your worm call. Never thought of it that way

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Good night greg

Roman Flachs
Roman Flachs
6 years ago

What gets me is most of you knew this was going on, and don’t say you didn’t, word gets around!!!!! Why wasn’t anything done about this earlier…

Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
6 years ago

Most of us knew what, Roman? Who is “mosy of you” anyway that you refer to? Goodness me, drop the attitude when you speak to me and don’t point your finger my way because MOST OF YOU (general public) know half stories and act like its your God given right to say something now. Don’t pigeon hole people when matters can be a given. I bet you’ve said things such as all pro-wrestlers are on steroids or sure, you walked into a door to get that black eye or young kids driving Ferraris has to be drug money.Something’s in life… Read more »

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Where has Greg gone ??

Jewie Jam
Jewie Jam
6 years ago

Loz is on fire

Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
6 years ago

Have been for years mate Don’t cop shit from uneducated people about my beloved Greys.Happy to educate where needed but if they attack first, I won’t back down

Jeremy Heys
Jeremy Heys
6 years ago

Greggy?Y u do dis?\U0001f61e

Samantha Collins
Samantha Collins
6 years ago

As much as we all want to support this industry we love, a story with quotes from a person with no name holds about as much water as a tea strainer. You guys used to be better than that. Find someone who will put their name to it or it isn’t worth publishing.

Louise May
Louise May
6 years ago

Support your greyhound racing so long as it is done completely fairly in an appropriate and legal manner. Support your greyhound adoption agencies as much as you can, they certainly need it. But don’t shy away from the reality of it just because it’s not all sunshine and happiness like we would all like it to be.

DavidOKeefe
DavidOKeefe
6 years ago

@pete hahaha dealing heroine

Cynical Citizen
Cynical Citizen
6 years ago

I can understand that the many people involved in Greyhound racing who are emphatically opposed to live baiting would be upset that the 4 Corners feature could convey to those not involved in the sport that live baiting is common place for many greyhound racers. I must say though I am here as someone with only a ittle involvement in greyhound racing and many of you folk do reinforce a lot of the negative portrayals from 4 Corners. Critical reponse to their documentary is fine but I feel most of you gloss over the horrors depicted and struggle to acknowledge… Read more »

Cynical Citizen
Cynical Citizen
6 years ago

You attitude is consistent with the guys caught live baiting. You don’t do greyhound racing any favours at the moment with comments like that

Cynical Citizen
Cynical Citizen
6 years ago

As CEO of Greyhound Racing Victoria Adam Wallish said in a letter: “You will be emotional, you might be angry. Don’t be angry at those that attack us, regardless of their position. Be angry at those within the sport that are doing the wrong thing and undermining the values for which we stand.” I think you & many others in here will do well to heed this, greyhound racing really needs support right now, your responses seem to reinforce an attitude of minimising the wrongs that have occurred. Read more: RSPCA raids – industry braces for Four Corners investigation http://www.australianracinggreyhound.com/australian-greyhound-racing/fallout-spreads-as-industry-braces-for-four-corners-probe/61311#ixzz3Tq3xQDlEAustralian… Read more »