Earlier in the week we took a small sample of the public outrage we captured across social media and in direct emails sent to AustralianRacingGreyhound.com.
As the days passed, more trainers were suspended, more questions were asked of the industry’s seemingly inept governing bodies and State Governments around the country responded to the saga.
One constant throughout the industry’s darkest week remained – the public outrage.
Victorian Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna said it best when speaking to us exclusively this week:
“You could have governing issues, drug issues or race-fixing issues and the only people who would care would be those inside the industry, but the moment you have cruelty to animals it becomes a social issue and everyone is incensed. Rightly so, too.”
Here’s what we gathered from our readers, people passionate about the industry and those horrified enough to never want to see a dog race again:
We’ve had a fantastic, passionate response on our Facebook page all week:
Finally, the (completely un-edited) emails have continued to come in big numbers.
From: andrew joseph
Please remove any stories that you have on this webset that glorifues in anyway the scumbags caught up in the live baiting scandal.
this site should not be promoting any positive news about scumbag lowlife oxygen theifs.
From: gavin Nunes
Subject: Baiting and Animal Care
It seems to me that degree of those complicit will b discovered to be extreme. My interest is in what becomes of the animals after they have surpassed their purpose. Not the poor piglets, possums and rabbits that suffer from the barbaric acts / behavior, but the greyhounds themselves. Is there legiation that governs this aspect?
From: Andrea Ives
Subject: Your industry is an absolute disgrace – I am campaigning to STOP YOU!!!
To whom it may concern – no more words needed than what is above.
You have been outed finally.
We will not give up making sure your disgusting use of animals to make money will be stopped.
How you can sleep at night is beyond me.
Subject: How will this hurt the industry?
I have just seen the four corners episode on the use of live bait. I was determine to stop the use of grey hounds for racing. Now I feel more convicted then ever that the practice is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!
You people should be ashamed of yourself and all of you should end up in JAIL!
YOU ARE ALL CRIMINALS!!!
Subject: Suggested actions on live baiting participants
Repremand for participating in live baiting should not be limited to suspension or banning of trainers but should also be extended to the actual identified dogs by way of lifetime race banning, desexing and possibly even confiscation or surrender if the dog may be at risk of destruction due to its future inability to earn money.
Possibly in some circumstances, accountability should be extended to owners and syndicates as it is this group who should be questioning any training practices and methods involving their dogs.
This would send the message through the industry that you risk losing practically everything if you’re engaged in live baiting practices.
From: Kathryn Ahern
Subject: Greyhound Racing :Disgusting Practice Should Be Banned
I’m absolutely disgusted in the lack of care your industry shows for regulation and animal welfare.
I hope to see Greyhound racing banned in Australia.
From: Janice Martz
Subject: Live bate training
Since it appears that this practice was so wide spread over many, many years, it is curious that your organization never wrote about it until this scandal broke. Surely, you guys knew this was happening in the very industry in which you are experts. Everyone just kept the dirty little secret.