Shock­waves at rac­ing ban

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS -

BOTH the State Gov­ern­ment and Rac­ing and Wager­ing WA (RWWA) have ex­pressed shock at a New South Wales de­ci­sion to ban grey­hound rac­ing in 2017, fol­low­ing the re­lease of a damn­ing re­port into an­i­mal cru­elty prac­tices.

The an­nounce­ment was made fol­low­ing the re­lease of the Spe­cial Com­mis­sion of In­quiry by for­mer High Court Judge Michael McHugh, which found an­i­mal cru­elty was so pro­lific in the NSW grey­hound rac­ing in­dus­try it would be im­pos­si­ble to re­form it.

The Gov­ern­ment or­dered the re­port in the wake of a 2015 Four Cor­ners re­port, de­tail­ing live bait­ing prac­tices and the killing of dogs deemed un­suit­able for rac­ing.

The re­port found between 48,891 and 68,448 dogs were killed in the past 12 years be­cause they were not com­pet­i­tive.

Act­ing Min­is­ter for Rac­ing and Gam­ing Mia Davies said the re­port and shut­down came as a sur­prise and there would be ram­i­fi­ca­tions across all rac­ing codes.

In a state­ment, a RWWA spokes­woman said: “RWWA ac­knowl­edges the de­ci­sion handed down by the NSW Premier and notes the McHugh In­quiry’s es­tab­lish­ment was the di­rect re­sult of ab­hor­rent acts car­ried out and iden­ti­fied in New South Wales,” she said.

Grey­hounds WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hobbs said the WA in­dus­try had noth­ing to be con­cerned about fol­low­ing the NSW ban.

He said WA was con­trolled com­pared its their east­ern neigh­bours.

“We are a part of gov­ern­ment, we’re a statu­tory body,” he said.

“We con­trol three tracks, that are well con­trolled with se­cu­rity cam­eras (while) on the east coast they have some 30 tracks in Vic­to­ria and 28 in New South Wales. When you’re try­ing to run an op­er­a­tion like that, you lose con­trol.”

He said WA stew­ards were strin­gent in their prac­tices.

“Our stew­ards here in WA are the tough­est in the na­tion.”

Rac­ing and Wager­ing WA says the in­dus­try in WA is well­reg­u­lated.

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