PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On OCT 11, 2016
Greyhound racing ban reversal 'shameful'
Politicians who pushed to reverse the ban on greyhound racing in NSW will regret reviving an industry known for endemic cruelty and criminality, Animals Australia Chief Investigator Lyn White has said.
"The politicians who pressured Premier Baird to overturn this ban are set to have sleepless nights. Their political destinies are now wedded to an industry whose sense of right and wrong went missing decades ago."
"To see a state premier crucified for making a courageous and correct decision based on the findings of a former High Court judge, is a new low in Australian politics," Ms White said.
"The anti-ban politicians have breathed life into an industry that a Special Commission of Inquiry concluded was unable to reform in the short to medium term. They have allied themselves with an industry where criminal behaviour was commonplace."
Justice Michael McHugh, who led the Commission, noted that – in addition to live baiting and the mass killing of underperforming dogs – leading trainers had been prosecuted for drugging dogs with highly illegal substances including cocaine and methamphetamines.
"To suggest that this will change whilst prize purses remain on offer is ludicrous. These practices were accepted and endemic to the industry. It's not only what they do, it is who they associate with that makes the mere existence of this industry a societal risk," Ms White said.
"If trainers weren't themselves participating in live baiting or doping, they knew someone who was, and yet they remained silent to protect their industry."
"There has been no 'mea culpa' from this industry. Had their horrific practices not been publicly exposed -- screaming piglets, possums and rabbits would still be being ripped to shreds at trial tracks around Australia," she added.
"This is an industry that encourages criminal behaviour. It encourages abhorrent human behaviours. As long as it exists, healthy, beautiful dogs will be killed simply because they couldn't bring a prize purse home. And it is this callous killing of dogs that created the slippery slope that led to live baiting in the first place," Ms White said.
"Those responsible for overturning this ban should hang their heads in shame. The only participants in this industry who deserved a second chance were the greyhounds. Now, those who callously disregarded their welfare think they are bullet proof. We should all fear what the consequences of that will be."
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