Media Release 4 May 2017 Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board

This report makes for  disturbing reading. See it here:
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Despite the obvious lack of care for his dogs, Victorian greyhound racing trainer, Mr Hill received only minor sentencing as follows:

“The charges against Mr. Hill are all serious ones and strike at the good name of the industry and have enormous relevance for animal welfare. On each of the two charges under GAR 106 (1)(d) we fine Mr. Hill the sum of $1,000. On the charge under LRR 42.1 concerning the keeping of greyhounds in dangerous conditions or conditions detrimental to their health we disqualify Mr. Hill for a period of 6 months. On the charge under GAR 106 (1)(a) concerning the condition of and access to water we fine Mr. Hill $500. On the charge under GAR 106 (1)(c) concerning the condition of the kennels we fine Mr. Hill $200. The total penalty is a period of disqualification of 6 months and fines totalling $2,700. The period of disqualification shall commence immediately.”

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Letter to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews – Promoting gambling in children.

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Please send this letter or a revised version of it to the Premier of Victoria –

Honourable Daniel Andrews at:

Email: daniel.andrews@parliament.vic.gov.au

or

send a hard copy letter to his office at:

 

Office of the Premier

1 Treasury Place

Melbourne, Victoria

Australia, 3002

 

Dear honourable premier,

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding a decision recently made by racing minister Martin Pakula to jointly fund a package worth over $126,000 in the form of an Easter School Holidays Kids Program that is being held at ten racing venues across Victoria and being hosted by Greyhound Racing Victoria.

In essence, this program is promoting gambling to children. It is also promoting exposure of animal harm and animal cruelty to children. Consider the fact that out of 231 race meetings in Vic, in the first 10 weeks of 2017, only 11 were free from injury or death.

 

Exposure to Animal Cruelty

Research demonstrates the powerful role of exposure to cruelty in the development of aggressive behavior. Moreover, environments that are sympathetic to such behaviours promote the development of beliefs that such behaviours are normal [1, 2].

A number of studies investigating the relationship between children’s witnessing of animal cruelty and children’s engagement in animal cruelty have shown that children and adolescents who have witnessed animal cruelty are significantly more likely to believe that such behavior is normal and are more likely to engage in it themselves [3, 4].

Of concern, research has consistently shown that deliberate animal cruelty or acceptance of animal harm generalises to aggression and violence against humans. It is noteworthy that animal cruelty in children has been identified as one of the earliest indicators of what are referred to externalizing disorders, including Conduct Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder, as well as a being predictor of the development of more severe aggression [5, 6].

 

Gambling

Whilst Electronic Gaming Machines constitute the most prevalent form of gambling in Australia, racing is the second largest form of gambling. Gambling in Australia is big business that predominantly benefits the big end of town. In their 2014 piece, Markham and Young state “The growth of ‘Big Gambling’ in Australia is an ongoing class project. It is one that has transferred, with industrial efficiency, billions of dollars from the pay packets of the working classes to the bank accounts of a superrich elite.” [7].

Markham and Young argue that a viable gambling industry without the extensive exploitation of the Australian working class is unimaginable since the data show that gambling problems are concentrated amongst the poorest social groups in Australia, and gambling revenue largely depends on problem gamblers [7].

Of particular importance regarding the argument that racing creates jobs and wealth for Victoria, the evidence is the converse. The data on gambling indicate that gambling industries do not create “new jobs”. Rather, they simply divert employment from other sectors and they don’t create new wealth either. Rather, they transfer wealth from poor to rich. Moreover, gambling likely reduces economic activity by diverting gamblers away from productive labor [7].

 

Problem Gamblers

The impact of problem gambling in Australia is huge and it is not confined to poker machines. According to the Productivity Commission, as many as 170,000 Australian adults face significant gambling problems and a further 350,000 are vulnerable. Of concern, for every addicted gambler, there are 10 more people who are seriously affected. This includes families, friends and employers. And if that is not bad enough, according to the Commission, 60% of problem gamblers who have sought counseling, have spoken of suicide. As many as 400 suicides each year can be attributed to addictive gambling [8].

According to Reverend Tim Costello, sports betting and betting online have exploded and are in dire need of regulation [9].

 

The Victorian Gambling Study

In 2014, a report on the findings of the Victorian Gambling Study was published [10]. This study examined gambling and health longitudinally in Victoria between 2008 and 2012 and represents the largest study of its kind in Australia.

One of its main findings includes that problem gamblers and low- and moderate-risk gamblers have higher gambling participation rates in four key activities: 91% of problem gamblers gamble on Electronic Gaming Machines, 34% bet on races, 25% gamble on table games and 16% bet on sports. Whilst Electronic Gaming Machines are clearly the greatest attraction for problem gamblers, betting on racing (greyhound and horse) is the second largest group of gambling activity with a notable percentage (34%) of problem gamblers participating.

 

Psychological Distress and Problem Gambling

It is a known fact that the greyhound racing industry destroys thousands upon thousands of animal lives. It is also clear that it significantly contributes to the psychological distress and financial ruin of thousands upon thousands of Australian humans, most of whom are already battling in our society [7 – 10].

A 2015 Australian Psychological Society survey into Stress and wellbeing, reported a strong association between gambling and psychological distress including severe anxiety and depression. Governments themselves acknowledged this relationship [11].

 

Conclusions

In a 2015 episode of The Drum TV, it was reported that in Australia, after inflation, total gambling expenditure per head grew from $577 in 1986-87 to $1,179 in 2011-12. This represents total gambling losses of $20.5 billion in 2011-12, and is predominantly concentrated in the poorest sectors of society [12].

It needs to be asked therefore why do governments refuse to reduce the size of this harmful industry?

Unfortunately, it seems that governments have become dependent on gambling revenue and have lost sight of the problems endemic to gambling for Australian society. The evidence points to a desperate need to reduce gambling access and to make it less attractive so that people vulnerable to this societal vice are not so easily seduced. One way to begin is by shutting down what is the most dangerous and disgusting of all of these gambling activities.

If governments were to shutdown greyhound racing they would at once demonstrate that they are able to govern in line with the values of the society which they represent and, most importantly of all they would demonstrate that they actually care about the wellbeing of their constituents, particularly the most vulnerable members of society – human and animal.

Minister Pakula’s decision to promote exposure to gambling and animal cruelty in children can only be considered to be entirely irresponsible and must taken as evidence that he is not fit to serve the people of Victoria. He must step down.

Yours Sincerely,

Xxxxxxx

References

1.Anderson, C.A. (2002). Aggression. (p. 68-78). In E. Borgatta & R. Montgomery (Eds). The Encyclopedia of Sociology. (2nd Ed.), New York: MacMillan.

2. Huesmann, L. (1988). An information processing model for the development of aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 14, 13-24.

3. Gullone, E. (2012). Animal cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression: More than a link. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Hampshire.

4. Thompson, K.L., & Gullone, E. (2006). An investigation into the association between the witnessing of animal abuse and adolescents’ behavior toward animals. Society and Animals, 14, 223-243.

5. Frick, P. J., Lahey, B. B., Loeber, R., Tannenbaum, L., & et al. (1993). Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder: A meta-analytic review of factor analyses and cross-validation in a clinic sample. Clinical Psychology Review, 13, 319-340.

6. Luk, E. S., Staiger, P. K., Wong, L., & Mathai, J. (1999). Children who are cruel to animals: A revisit. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 33, 29-36.

7. Markham, F., & Young, M. (March, 2014). Who winds from ‘Big Gambling’ in Australia? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/who-wins-from-big-gambling-in-australia-22930

8. Maslen, G. (2012). Waiting for the wins. http://www.aph.gov.au/sitecore/content/Home/About_Parliament/House_of_Represtentatives/About_the_House_Magazine/Previous/ATH45/waiting

9. Horn, J. (2011). Caught in the game. The Monthly: Australian Politics, Society, & Culture. https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2011/november/1320384446/jonathan-horn/caught-game

10. The Victorian Gambling Study: A longitudinal study of gambling and health in Victoria 2008-2012. http://www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/10016/ALONGITUDINAL-STUDY-OF-GAMBLING-AND-HEALTH-IN-VICTORIA-20082012.pdf

11. Stress and Wellbeing report 2015 https://www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/information-andresources/whats-new/stress-and-wellbeing-report-2015

12. Gambling pays off….for Australian governments. The Drum TV 2015.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-17/steketee-gambling-pays-off-for-australiangovernments/6625170

SHUT IT DOWN – NOTHING HAS CHANGED: A Nationwide Rally to End Greyhound Racing in Australia.

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MEDIA RELEASE – 5th April, 2017

This Sunday, 9th April, each state’s capital city will host a rally calling for an end to greyhound racing. The time and location details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/ShutItDownNationalDayOfAction/

According to Founder of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, Dr Eleonora Gullone “Despite the promise of major reforms following inquiries (in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW), nothing has changed. – In fact, on some measures, things are worse.”

In Queensland:

  • Euthanasia at the track is up by 43.5% in 2016 compared to 2015 and doping of dogs is up by 75%
  • Life bans for live baiting have been reduced to suspended sentences or trivial bans.
  • 40 greyhounds are killed every month”

In Victoria:

  • In the 2014/2015 FY, 3012 registered greyhounds were euthanized – that’s 8 dogs dying every day.
  • As many as 38 out of 40 euthanasia cases are unnecessary.
  • In 2016, there were 3,057 track injuries, 76 on track deaths and 44 dogs injured and listed as retired (more than likely killed off the track).
  • Two times Trainer of the Year winner (2015 and 2016), Jason Formosa disqualified for cutting off his dog’s tail without pain relief and leaving it to become dangerously infected.”

In NSW:

  • Euthanasia at the track is up by 22% in 2016 compared to 2015
  • Doping of race dogs is up by 51% in 2016 compared to 2015
  • In 2016, the risk of a dog dying from racing in NSW was 3.7%.

“In Western Australia:

  • 31 dogs are killed every month
  • Known animal abusers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame or awarded Trainer of the Year.

“In Tasmania: there is an unchanged average of between 15 and 16 on track injuries per week and 5 deaths in a three month period – for both 2015 and 2016.

“No jurisdiction can rule out live baiting and doping of dogs with banned and illegal substances continues unabated.”

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett admitted that stamping out live baiting would be harder than ever while Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna, wrote in his 2015 report that ‘live baiting is a known and ongoing issue in greyhound racing’
END

The 41 Million dollar insult to tax payers.

One day before the NSW government announced $41 million dollar funding to reform the NSW greyhound racing industry, NSW racers euthanised their 25th dog at TAB tracks this year.

Crown Gold, fractured her offside hock and was “humanely euthanised” after failing to finish the race.  She was just three years old.

Two days before, the SMH reported that “Greyhounds NSW has been aware of race-fixing cartels for years”.

Last week, the Coonamble Racing track was prevented from holding further race meetings until their track had been assessed after it was revealed they had the highest number of injuries in 2016 – 11 per 1000 starts.

Two weeks ago, documents released by GRNSW revealed the unacceptable euthanasia of healthy dogs.  One trainer euthanised SIX healthy dogs within THREE weeks of obtaining them.  No action was taken because he had not committed a crime and he was no longer a registered trainer.

Last month, a leading NSW trainer who pled guilty to presenting greyhounds to race with EPO in their systems four times, had her sentence reduced from 12 years to effectively just over 3 years. 

More than TWENTY trainers have breached the NSW race day hydration policy since 20 February 2017.  One trainer has been reported FIVE times but is still being allowed to race dogs.

So far in 2017, inquiries have been held into positive swabs for drugs including caffeine and its metabolites, cobalt, arsenic, salbutamol, amphetamines, benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine and others.  Note:  These are positive swabs from 2016 now being sentenced.

In 2016, the risk of a dog dying from racing in NSW was 3.7%.

According to GRNSW Quarterly Greyhound Racing Injury Reports, 204 dogs died or were euthanised for their injuries at the track or later, away from it, out of approximately 5500 greyhounds that raced.

The NSW Racing Minister, Paul Toole, issued a media release claiming greyhound racing will be held to the “highest possible standards of animal welfare”, but while there’s money for an independent Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission and CCTV cameras at all public and some private tracks, there’s no mention of money for the actual rescue and rehoming of racing greyhounds.

NSW volunteer run charities have been running at maximum capacity, paying for, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs discarded by the industry for years, but it seems they will not see a cent of this funding.

After pleading for a second chance with guarantees which included a breeding cap, the NSW greyhound racing industry “backed away” from them the moment Mike Baird announced the backflip.

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You cannot reform people who think they are doing nothing wrong.

They have not been humbled by the shocking number of greyhounds killed for their ‘sport’ and they are not grateful for another chance that will cost the NSW taxpayer $41 million.

The greyhound racing industry has no problem discarding dogs who are non-chasers, too slow or injured.  They dismiss the death and injury statistics and take to social media to ridicule those who want to protect greyhounds.

According to one greyhound trainer, “They get a very good life until they are deemed unable to go to the next level, when they are humanly put down.  That’s the way it is”.

The evidence shows that the vast majority of racing dogs, who are deeply social animals are confined in solitary spaces – for the duration of their racing life. As clearly documented in the Commission of Inquiry report, they are not given the necessary socialisation to prepare them for life after racing as companion animals, and they are CERTAINLY NOT loved, nor do they “get a very good life” as proclaimed by the racing industry participants.

The screen shots included here, which are just a small sample of what we (the CPG) have downloaded, are evidence that racing greyhounds are treated as commodities for gambling revenue and discarded when they are no longer profitable.

Nothing has changed in this industry despite inquiries in several different states promising reforms. Beliefs and attitudes that are deeply culturally ingrained, are extremely resistant to change. While premiers wait for change, thousands more dogs will suffer and be killed annually by a ruthless industry whose time is up and must be shut down.

Join us around the nation on April 9th to strengthen our call to SHUT IT DOWN!

PLEASE TAKE ACTION:

If you are in NSW, please contact the Premier and your local member and let them know you don’t want public money used to prop up the greyhound racing industry.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian
https://www.nsw.gov.au/contact-us/contact-the-premier/

NSW parliament contact list

https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/members/Pages/all-members.aspx

Sources

Stewards Report
Bathurst 27 March 2017
https://www.thedogs.com.au/uploads/pdfs/238766.pdf

Race Replay
https://youtu.be/xgl9U9F2Vss

GRV Form
https://fasttrack.grv.org.au/Dog/Form/723790191

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/nsw-government-gives-$40-million-to-greyhound-industry/8393482?pfmredir=sm

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/investigation-into-canberra-greyhound-race-draws-in-industry-heavyweights-20170323-gv5b4p.html

http://www.grnsw.com.au/uploads/WEL02%20-%20Race%20Day%20Hydration%20and%20Hot%20Weather%20Policy%20-%20Jan%202017.pdf

http://www.thegreyhoundrecorder.com.au/water-policy-reaches-boiling-point/

http://www.racing.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/forms-factsheets-and-guidelines/Response-to-greyhound-reform-panel.pdf

https://australianracinggreyhound.com/australian-greyhound-racing/new-south-wales-greyhound-racing/melinda-finn-disqualified-for-12-years-for-epo-positive-swab/84665

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/17/greyhound-racing-euthanasia-of-healthy-dogs-sparks-call-for-stronger-penalties?CMP=share_btn_fb

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-23/coonamble-greyhound-club-racing-ban/8380990

https://australianracinggreyhound.com/australian-greyhound-racing/new-south-wales-greyhound-racing/industrys-guarantees-four-commitments-to-premier-at-meeting/80308

http://www.grnsw.com.au/stewards/inquiriesappeals

GRNSW Quarterly Greyhound Racing Injury Reports for 1/1/2016 to 31/3/2016, 1/4/2016 to 30/6/2016 and 1/7/2016 to 30/9/201

http://www.grnsw.com.au/uploads/FirstQuarter%20%20Greyhound%20Racing%20Injury%20Report(1).pdf

http://www.grnsw.com.au/uploads/2ndQuarter2016_GreyhoundRacingInjuryReport_FINAL.pdf

http://www.grnsw.com.au/uploads/3rdQuarter2016_GreyhoundRacingInjuryReport_final(1).pdf

http://www.grnsw.com.au/uploads/4thQuarter2016_Greyhound_Racing_Injury_Report_final.pdf

Alfie the Greyhound

Making Monsters of Men

By Melanie Yarnall

This article is dedicated to Fabio (Extra Tacky) who ran his last race on the 8 March 2017. He sustained a right hind leg fracture and was humanely euthanised by the on-track veterinarian. He was due to arrive in foster the care the very next day, but sadly he did not make it. His foster mum was devastated. Fly to the rainbow bridge sweet boy.

The gambling on greyhound racing tracks is not just made by punters on the sidelines. Every greyhound entering a race meet, is gambling with their life. However, their only danger is not just on the track, but in the hands of the trainers who supposedly care for them daily.

We all saw the footage of the live baiting of greyhounds in the eastern states aired on Four Corners in February 2015. At the time, it was described by one informant that placing animals, gambling and prize purses was a toxic combination capable of turning men into monsters.[1]

In January 2017, most of us saw the footage of the South Australian trainer, Tony Rasmussen sexually stimulating his greyhound to impact on performance before the race. He received a fine of $1,000 (with $250 suspended for a period of 24 months on the condition he does not reoffend), and this was not his first integrity investigation. Note: Rasmussen is not an outcast or shunned ‘bad apple’ of the industry. He is the Strathalbyn greyhound racing club president.

The gruesome underbelly of the greyhound racing industry extends into every Australian state and territory. Trainers inevitably exploit animals, and lay their integrity on the line to possess a fast runner and make a quick buck at any cost.

In a West Australian context, in the last twelve months several integrity investigations have been launched examining the conduct of greyhound trainers, many resulting in significant penalties being sanctioned.

The greyhound racing industry in Western Australia generates little economic benefit to the state whilst receiving comparatively exorbitant amounts of financial support from the Government. In 2015, $15.8 million dollars of government money was given to the WA Greyhound Racing Industry.[2] In the same year 527 greyhound died.[3] In 2016, this amount increased by 8% to $17.2 million.[4] In the same year, 371 racing greyhounds were euthanised. It was deemed that 96 were not fit for racing, 88 were unfit for rehoming, and 187 were euthanised due to on track injuries.[5]

Getting an accurate picture of the greyhound racing industry is difficult and has been stymied whenever questions are asked of Racing and Wagering in WA. The responses have included that there is a lack of data available or that information is not able to be provided within a particular timeframe.[6] What is concerning is the consistent total disregard by governments about animal welfare concerns raised of the industry, and the downplaying of the need for further investigation.

The true nature of the West Australian greyhound racing industry began to unravel when Tony Glenny became a whistle-blower in 2015 in the wake of the Four Corners documentary, and then changed his mind. Glenny had been involved in the industry for over 45 years and convicted of several misconduct offences including live baiting and failing to cooperate with racing officials.[7]  RWWA made an example of his lack of cooperation and stated at the time that his refusal to answer questions strikes at the heart of proper controls and regulation of the industry.[8] As Lynn McLaren stated, that was more indicative of the entire industry and the government, rather than solely of Glenny himself.[9]

The allegations of live baiting raised many questions about the conduct of WA trainers and the industry. A tokenistic investigation was launched, however WA’s peak animal welfare body, RSPCA WA was pushed to the sidelines by RWWA. [10]  No written report of the findings were ever published. And  the Racing Minister at the time, Colin Holt stated that a report was not required.[11]

The lack of transparency and accountability by the government and peak racing body is an impediment to any objective review of animal welfare impacts within the greyhound racing industry. However, the story can be illustrated using the outcomes from integrity investigations to demonstrate to breadth of cruelty and exploitation which is endemic within the greyhound racing industry within WA (and indeed around the nation).

The WA Racing Industry is relatively small in comparison to other states; however, the lack of integrity and disqualifications is by no means minor. Reviewing integrity investigations in WA for the last 12 months has indicated that trainers have been investigated for violence towards greyhounds, needlessly killing them, possession of banned substances, positive drug testing of banned substance by their greyhounds, and failure to comply with regulations.

The motivating factor in writing this paper has been the need to focus on the lack of ethics and integrity within the industry, in conjunction with the fatality and injury rate of the innocent participants, the greyhounds.

The death and injury rates speak for themselves, sadly a little too late for the thousands of greyhounds who have died as a consequence of their trainers’ pursuit of a quick buck. In 2017 by 11 March, 14 greyhounds had lost their lives on the track, mostly due to fractures. Such injuries are entirely treatable and the greyhound could be retired to become a companion animal. The only obstacle to such an outcome are the trainers since they do not want to spend money on veterinarian fees . Since there is no accountability mandated by the government to implement animal welfare standards, this is a too common occurrence. In 2017, that have also been 164 race injuries recorded thus far at race meets in WA. Greyhounds truly are running for their lives, and the welfare concerns are being ignored.

In February 2017, an integrity investigation was undertaken against Keith Harding into an incident which occurred at the Cannington track. The incident was recorded as an improper act in handling his greyhound, Freeway Shadow on return to the kennels. He pleaded guilty and received a $1500 fine. [12] No specific details of the offence have been made available, however given the severity of the sanction presumabley the offence related to the violence towards his greyhound.

In March 2017, Keith Harding was inducted into the industry’s Hall of Fame, greyhound racing’s highest accolade. He was described as one of the most highly respected greyhound trainers in WA.[13] Harding’s lack of integrity and his received conviction as an animal abuser highlights the industry’s lack of integrity since their “bad apples” are also often their celebrated trainers.

Harding isn’t the only trainer to be held in high regard, and inducted into the Hall of Fame whilst having their integrity called into question. In January 2015, Linda Britton was suspended for 18 months for returning positive drug tests on her champion greyhound.[14] Linda Britton was inducted into the Hall of Fame post sanction by the industry as was  Harding. RWWA stated they never questioned Britton’s eligibility for the industry’s highest accolade despite her disqualification.[15]

Other notable investigations include trainer Phillip Worthington, who in November 2016 was convicted and had his licence revoked for a period of three years for retirement and subsequent euthanasia of three of his greyhounds and failing to present them to GAP for assessment.[16] Worthington killed them, rather than giving them a chance at life post-racing. This from people with the industry who constantly exclaim that they love their greyhounds.

In September 2016, Peter Hepple and vet, Phillip Lawton were convicted of offences related to the possession and positive drug testing of Hepple’s greyhounds to Fertagyl[17]. Fertagyl is used on breeding bitches to bring them into season, as it is believed their racing performance is enhanced just before or on the day they come into season. The drug was developed to treat ovarian cancer in cows, and it can cause a hypersensitive reaction and miscarriage in canines.

Steven Shinners was investigated in August 2016 for failing to comply with racing regulations at his residential property, and for possession of testosterone without a valid prescription[18]. He received a fine for $2,800.[19] Drug possession for use on greyhounds is commonly reported  amongst trainers. Another trainer,  Dennis Calleja was convicted in July for possessing banned substances, failing to produce his medical log book, and abusing an official who asked for this documentation[20]. Calleja received a five-month disqualification and $1400 fine.[21]

Trainers continually demonstrate a blatant disregard for animal welfare. In August 2016, Brian Jacobson was given a three-month suspension for kicking his greyhound, Channing at the Northam track[22]. His ban ceased on the 12 December 2016, however he moved his racing operation to the Northern Territory during this time and has since received a life ban there. He is believed to have retired from the industry.

In February 2016 Joshua Jovanovic was investigated in relation to four dexamphetamine tablets found on the floor of the main kennel buildings.[23] He was convicted and received a 12 month ban.[24] However, what is most shocking of all is that none of his dogs were drug tested.

RWWA have recently launched a new public affairs campaign, which is nothing short of propaganda in an attempt to sustain the industry. The current campaign entitled, “Leap, Lead, Love” portrays greyhound racing as a bond and love between animals and their humans, which is a complete juxtaposition of what the lead industry body investigates regularly.[25]

Greyhound trainers love their greyhounds so much, that they disregard them without a second thought with a lethal injection beside the race track, or refuse to seek veterinarian help for their dogs when they injure themselves. These trainers who supposedly love their dogs regularly inject them with banned substances to make a quick profit. There is a lack of accountability from RWWA who condone cruelty and have a vested interest in the continuation of the greyhound racing industry to maintain their own livelihood. It would be like the RSPCA condoning cruelty and backyard breeding to maintain stock and to line their own pockets.

The greyhound racing industry is based on greed and cruelty, and relies on the exploitation of these gentle, noble creatures. You bet they die, and you bet they suffer. And people who were just men are turned into monsters.

References

[1] Four Corners. Making a Killing. By Caro Meldrum-Hanna and Sam Clark. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/02/16/4178920.htm

[2] WA Greyhound Racing Association Annual Report 2014-2015, pg 14.

[3] WA Legislative Assembly 2016. PQON: Greyhound Racing Industry 10 May 2016. Lisa Baker and Terry Redman.

[4] WA Greyhound Racing Association Annual Report 2015-2016, pg 17.

[5] Perth Now. WA euthanised greyhound figure released in Parliament. November 11, 2016

[6] The Honourable Lynn McLaren MLC. Petition 130- Oppose Greyhound Racing.

[7] Laura Gartry. 18 May 2015. WA Greyhound trainer Tony Glenny pleads guilty to Racing and Wagering Inquiry http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-18/wa-greyhound-trainer-pleads-guilty-to-misconduct-charge/6478700

[8] The Honourable Lynn McLaren MLC. Petition 130- Oppose Greyhound Racing.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Jacob Kagi. Oct 2015. No Proof of Live Baiting in WA Greyhound Racing Industry, RWWA says. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-15/no-evidence-of-live-baiting-in-wa-greyhound-industry-rwwa/6857454

[11] Extract from Hansard – Legislative Council, Wednesday, 21 October 2015, between Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Col Holt

[12] Kennel Notes, Issue 6. 22 February 2017 1http://www.greyhoundswa.com.au/files/2015/01/20170222KennelNotes.pdf

[13] Inductee 2017: Keith Harding. 3 March 2017. http://www.rwwa.com.au/home/media-centre/inductee-2017-keith-harding-5384.html

[14] Katherine Ernst. WA’s Leading Lady, Linda Britton Disqualified for 18 Months. January 2015. https://australianracinggreyhound.com/australian-greyhound-racing/west-australian-greyhound-racing/was-leading-lady-linda-britton-disqualified-for-18-months/60262

[15] Kathryn Ernst. 3 February 2015. Disqualified Linda Britton takes out WA’s Leading Trainer Award. ttps://australianracinggreyhound.com/australian-greyhound-racing/west-australian-greyhound-racing/disqualified-linda-britton-takes-out-was-leading-trainer-award/60855

[16] Greyhounds – Stewards Inquiry – Mr Phillip Worthington. 30 November 2016. http://www.rwwa.com.au/home/industry/greyhounds-stewards-inquiry-mr-phillip-worthington-5084.html

[17] Ibid.

[18] Katherine Ernst. 20 October 2016. Stewards wrap: Trainer suspended for permanently-banned substance

https://australianracinggreyhound.com/australian-greyhound-racing/stewards-wrap-trainer-suspended-for-permanently-banned-substance/82419

[19] ibid

[20]ibid

[21] ibid

[22] ibid

[23] ibid

[24] ibid

[25] Steve Butler. 15 March 2017. These cute puppies want to change the way you think about greyhound racing. https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/these-cute-puppies-want-to-change-the-way-you-think-about-greyhound-racing-ng-b88395624z

Flyers and Posters to Print and Distribute for the 2017 Rally – Shut It Down: Nothing Has Changed!

Please print and distribute the attached flyers to spread the word about our 2017 Shut It Down rally.

Thank you.

For printing at home or in the office, here are A4 flyers:

VIC: Melbourne – A4 Flyer

NSW: Sydney – A4 Flyer

QLD: Brisbane – A4 Flyer

SA:  Adelaide-A4-Flyer (1)

WA: Perth – A4 Flyer

A5 posters for download below:

VIC – Melbourne:

2017-RallyVIC_A3-Poster_FINAL-bleed

2017-RallyVIC_A3-Poster_FINAL-NObleed

A5 Print Flyer MEL

NSW – Sydney:

2017-RallyNSW_A3-Poster_Final_BLEED

2017-RallyNSW_A3-Poster_Final_NOBleed

 

A5 Print Flyer SYD

QLD – Brisbane:

2017-RallyQLD_A3-Posters_FINAL-NObleed

2017-RallyQLD_A3-Posters_FINAL-bleed

A5 Print Flyer BNE

TASMANIA:

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

2017-RallySA_A3-Posters_FINAL_BLEED_V2

2017-RallySA_A3-Posters_FINAL_NObleed_V2

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:

2017-RallyWA_A3-Poster_FINAL-NObleed

2017-RallyWA_A3-Poster_FINAL-BLEED

A5 Print Flyer PER (1)