Former Victorian Premier declares his support for a ban on greyhound racing

When, in my role as manager of the Animal Justice Party’s (AJP) greyhound racing campaign, I asked former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett (premier between 1992 and 1999) for his support on the AJP’s position on the greyhound racing industry, Mr Kennett went beyond agreeing with the AJP’s phase-out policy and said “greyhound racing should be banned. Been rife with corrupt practices for years.”

Given that he was premier of Victoria for eight years, Mr Kennett’s position cannot be ignored.

He has acknowledged corrupt practices serious enough to ban the industry.

Inquiries into the industries around the country, including Queensland and Victoria have concluded significant criminal behaviour and animal cruelty, requiring their restructuring.

However, even with the spotlight on them since the live baiting expose in February, trainers have continued the abhorrent practice, with more being charged with live baiting and doping. These people obviously believe they are above the law.

It seems then that, as Mr Kennett has said, the only thing that will stop the corruption and criminal behaviour is a total ban.

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Author: eleonoragullone

I am an author, adjunct associate professor in psychology and have advocated for animal welfare for more than 15 years. On the basis of my extensive research, I can confidently argue that if we cultivate a culture of compassion toward all of our non-human citizens, including those currently exploited for human use (such as food, sport and experimentation), current and future generations will benefit through reduced antisocial and violent behaviour toward all sentient beings including humans. Over my 25-year career as an academic, I have published over 100 scholarly articles in refereed academic journals and have also conducted a number of projects examining the link between aggression toward humans and cruelty toward animals. In 2000, I founded a group within the Australian Psychological Society focused on promoting positive interactions between humans and animals. This work has resulted in several scholarly publications including a book published in 2012, titled Animal cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression: More than a link.

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