Grey­hound ban U-turn

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An Aus­tralian state premier has backed down on a ban on grey­hound rac­ing, in­stead de­cid­ing to in­crease mea­sures de­signed to re­duce the risk of an­i­mal cru­elty. New South Wales state premier Mike Baird faced a strong back­lash to the ban af­ter it was an­nounced in July, and re­lented to the op­po­si­tion yes­ter­day. Baird ini­tially said his gov­ern­ment had no al­ter­na­tive but to im­pose the ban, which had been due to be in­tro­duced in July next year, af­ter a state par­lia­men­tary in­quiry found over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence of an­i­mal cru­elty. The in­quiry’s re­port found be­tween 48,000 and 68,000 grey­hounds were killed in New South Wales state in the pre­vi­ous 12 years be­cause they were deemed un­com­pet­i­tive. It also found up to 20 per cent of train­ers had en­gaged in “live bait­ing” – feed­ing live an­i­mals to the dogs in hope of mak­ing them run faster in races when chas­ing the lure of an ar­ti­fi­cial rab­bit – and that on av­er­age 180 grey­hounds a year suf­fered crit­i­cal in­juries dur­ing races.

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