Animal groups want greyhound ban

An animal rights group fears an inquiry into NSW Greyhound racing will only result in piecemeal changes to the industry, which they want banned.


The public part of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the NSW Greyhound Racing Industry opens on Wednesday, months after it was established to investigate and report on governance, integrity, and animal welfare in the sport.

It comes after TV footage aired on ABC’s Four Corners in February showed trainers tying live piglets, rabbits and possums to mechanical lures to be mauled.

Animal Liberation NSW CEO Lynda Stoner says the industry should be stamped out.

“That’s a possibility in NSW, that the tinkering will be put in place that will make people feel warm and fuzzy for the moment,” she said.

“We don’t see any grey area here or any room to put into place anything, anything at all. We want the industry stopped, ceased.”

Animals Australia Executive Director Glenys Oogjes said the inquiry was welcome.

“The brutal practices revealed to be prevalent in the greyhound racing industry have no place in our community,” Ms Oogjes said.

NSW held a parliamentary Inquiry into the sector in late 2013, which heard about 3000 dogs unwanted by the greyhound racing industry are euthanased in NSW each year.

That inquiry sparked new welfare standards, including tighter controls on breeding and compliance.

The footage in February’s Four Corners program rocked the industry and led to the suspension of a number of trainers and the resignation of Greyhound Racing NSW’s board.

The Queensland government has also sacked all directors of the state’s four racing boards and asked Racing Queensland chief executive Darren Condon to show why he should keep his job.

The special commission of inquiry, led by former High Court judge Michael McHugh, will have the same powers as a royal commission and will report back by September.

Comment is being sought from Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW).