Shockwaves at racing ban
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.