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Offline Gintara

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O.P. « 2012-Nov-15, 09:48 PM »
Good to see GRNSW not stick it's head in the sand   emthup



Dear XXXXX,

I write to update you on the initiatives Greyhound Racing NSW is undertaking to improve animal welfare and maintain the integrity of the sport of greyhound racing in this state.

As you may be aware, veterinarian Dr Ted Humphries has given a series of interviews to the ABC where he has claimed licensed trainers in NSW have been killing greyhounds in inhumane ways including hanging, gassing and drowning.

In short, GRNSW has zero tolerance for trainers who do not meet our animal welfare standards.

As I am sure you will agree, any trainer found ending the life of a greyhound in an inhumane manner or mistreating the greyhounds in their care in some other way is not welcome in our sport. They would not only be violating the rules of greyhound racing and our code of practice, but would also be committing a criminal offence under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Dr Humphries also told the ABC that he sees an average of one greyhound a month with blood samples that strongly suggests it has been given the banned substance Erythropoietin, commonly known as EPO.

To date, GRNSW does not have any credible evidence of EPO use in greyhound racing. Over the past two years we have carried out more than 400 tests for EPO, these being 'out of competition' tests, but have yet to record one positive for the substance. No positive sample has been detected in greyhound racing throughout Australia. The leading racing analytical laboratories throughout the world continue to advise GRNSW that the preferred means for testing for EPO use in greyhounds is via a urine sample.

GRNSW has repeatedly invited Dr Humphries to discuss his concerns with our Integrity Department, however, he has not even had the decency to reply.

As an individual who has built a successful business empire on the back of the greyhound racing industry, GRNSW believes Dr Humphries has a moral obligation to bring any information he may have about EPO use and acts of cruelty towards greyhounds not only to the attention of GRNSW but other regulatory authorities given the serious nature of his allegations.

Despite his lack of cooperation, I have today asked our Integrity team to investigate Dr Humphries allegations and inquire into all aspects of his allegations.

Moving forward, I want to assure all greyhound racing participants in this state that GRNSW is committed to improving the welfare of greyhounds in NSW.

We recognise the number of greyhounds euthanised in NSW is too high, as it is across all companion animals in general.

Some of the initiatives already underway or about to be launched include:

    Promoting better breeding practices. It is important that owners/breeders understand all the outcomes that can occur when they breed greyhounds and GRNSW is committed to educating participants about these outcomes;
    Expanding the re-homing opportunities for retired racing greyhounds through programs such as Greyhounds As Pets, the Corrective Services NSW Dogs in Prisons Program and most recently the NSW Greenhounds program, which allows pet greyhounds to become exempt from muzzle laws;
    The establishment of the GRNSW Greyhound Welfare and Veterinary Services Unit, which is dedicated to the welfare of greyhounds in NSW;
    Next month, in association with Hunter TAFE, GRNSW will launch the Certificate II in Greyhound Racing which will teach participants, among other things, about the opportunities greyhounds have once they finish their racing careers as well as important welfare aspects;
    Continuing to build GRNSW's working relationship with the NSW RSPCA to improve outcomes for former racing greyhounds and regulatory monitoring of participants with the RSPCA;
    The lifetime tracking of all greyhounds registered with GRNSW; and
    Creating the first Code of Practice for Greyhounds In Training, which ensures minimum standards of care for former racing greyhounds and to monitor participants for regulatory compliance.

In addition, GRNSW is working with Greyhounds Australasia and the other State bodies to holistically ensure its approach to ensuring the welfare of greyhounds meets best practice.

Community attitudes to animal welfare matters have progressed over time and we need to continue to improve standards within our sport so that we reflect those contemporary community attitudes.

By encouraging smarter breeding practices, ensuring safer racing and providing greater re-homing opportunities, GRNSW is confident it will provide a greater life for greyhounds after racing.

In terms of the integrity of greyhound racing, as I have previously written, protecting the integrity of our sport is at the heart of what Greyhound Racing NSW does, it is a core function of the organisation.

GRNSW is dedicated to ensuring its integrity services are at the forefront of the wagering industry - not just in Australia, but across the world.

It is for this reason that GRNSW has nearly doubled its swabbing budget in the 2012/13 financial year. This increase has allowed the number of swabs in the TAB sector to increase to 7.5 swabs per meeting. It has also resulted in the swabs to starter ratio rising by more than 2.5 times, setting a new benchmark for greyhound racing in Australia. There will be an extensive out-of-competition testing regime in addition to this.

As always, I would encourage any participant who has concerns about animal welfare or the integrity of the sport of greyhound racing to get in touch immediately with GRNSW's Integrity Department so that the matter can be investigated and dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner.

Yours faithfully
THE DOGS

Brent Hogan
Chief Executive

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« 2012-Nov-15, 09:56 PM Reply #1 »
"Over the past two years we have carried out more than 400 tests for EPO, these being 'out of competition' tests, but have yet to record one positive for the substance"

How long does EPO stay in the bloodstream? Why have they conducted this amount on "out of competition" dogs. Is it illegal to use "out of competition"?

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« 2012-Nov-15, 10:04 PM Reply #2 »

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« 2012-Nov-15, 10:17 PM Reply #3 »
EPO is a hormone naturally produced in the kidneys.
It regulates the production of red blood cells.
By injecting additional EPO one can stimulate the production of more red blood cells than is natural.
This dramatically increases the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen, thus delaying fatigue and enabling the animal to run harder and for longer.

However, it also thickens the blood and significantly raises the risk of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.
Not sure if this would have anything to do with the increasing prevalence of heart arithmea (thumps) in race horses in recent times.

The administration of EPO is absolutely banned.

Because of the nature of what it does (promoting production of red blood cells) EPO is not something that would be administered immediately before a race. It would most likely be administered over a period of weeks and may cease up to a week before the race, so no point in testing on race day, any evidence would be long gone. That is why it is tested for out of competition.

It is a barbaric practice and anyone caught should get life.

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« 2012-Nov-15, 10:25 PM Reply #4 »
May have been a bit planned with this statement, comes at a bad time for the gallops and with this just hitting the SMH website

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« 2012-Nov-16, 08:59 AM Reply #6 »
May have been a bit planned with this statement, comes at a bad time for the gallops and with this just hitting the SMH website

Did you bother to read the letter  :what: Nothing to do with the gallops  :no:

The letter is in response to a number of interviews given where Dr Ted Humphries slagged the industry.

This is an industry that he built a successful business around, at the end of this article you'll get an understand of why Dr Ted is a bitter old man  :whistle:


GRNSW Responds To Sun-Herald Allegations Written by: GRNSW
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Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) today responded to the claims made in today’s Sun-Herald that questioned the integrity of the sport of greyhound racing.

GRNSW is dedicated to ensuring its integrity services are at the forefront of the wagering industry - not just in Australia, but across the world and GRNSW will continue to review its integrity policies and introduce new schemes to improve integrity services.

It is for this reason that GRNSW has asked the Greyhound Racing Integrity Auditor Graham Gorrie to independently review all swabs that have been taken in the past 12 months to address the allegation that there are missing swabs and that preferential treatment is being given to top trainers. GRNSW is taking this measure despite there being no evidence to support either claim.

The Sun-Herald puts forward the allegation from Carly Absalom and Dr. Ted Humphries that GRNSW’s current swabbing policy favours “high-profile” trainers. This allegation is simply not true.

Of the top 10 trainers in terms of winners, the majority had a higher swabs to starters ratio than the state-wide industry in 2011, with the two below the average competing predominantly at Non-TAB meetings (click here to view the 2011 swabbing statistics). GRNSW thinks it is regrettable that the Sun-Herald has attempted to soil the reputations of these participants when the statistics clearly establish that the allegations are baseless.

GRNSW also takes any allegations of criminal activity within the greyhound racing industry extremely seriously. Every registered participant with GRNSW undergoes a probity check that includes a National History Criminal Check.

GRNSW urges members of the public to get in contact with its integrity department or the NSW Police if they have information regarding criminal activity involving greyhound racing or its registered participants.

GRNSW will also make contact with greyhound owner David Allen, who was the only owner quoted in the Sun-Herald’s reporting, to hear his concerns with greyhound racing in NSW.

While GRNSW acknowledges the allegations made in the Sun-Herald, sadly much of the reporting is predominantly based on rumours from nameless sources and from people whose personal interests have been affected by changes made by GRNSW.

The article also mentions people who no longer have involvement with the sport including alleged bikie associate Ali Bilal (also known as Tony Soprano) who is not a licensed participant with GRNSW and has not been since 2011.

Neither the NSW Government nor the NSW Police have raised any concerns with GRNSW about an alleged infiltration of bikie groups in the sport.

For the 2012/13 financial year, GRNSW has nearly doubled its swabbing budget, an increase that will see the number of swabs in the TAB sector increase to 7.5 swabs per meeting. It will also result in the swabs to starter ratio rising by more than 2.5 times.

The increased expenditure on drug detection will result in the number of swabs being carried out at TAB meetings increasing from 2,764 to an estimated 6,750 in the current financial year – a rise of more than 150%.

The increase in the swabbing budget follows the 2011/12 financial year where the number of positive swabs recorded rose by 82% on the 2010/11 financial year. While this increase is disappointing, it underlines the success of GRNSW’s current approach to swabbing. It is undeniable that a targeted approach by integrity officials will be far superior in detecting potential drug cheats than relying on the element of chance provided by the ‘red marble’ system.

As can be seen in the swabbing statistics (click here), swabbing percentages vary for each trainer, which shows GRNSW do not just stick to a mathematical formula but base its swabbing on form, judgement and race specific data, as should be the case.

The increase in the detection of prohibited substances coincides with GRNSW’s enhanced approach to race day integrity operations.

This includes the establishment of a ‘control room’ at GRNSW’s head office in Rhodes, which receives live feeds of the race broadcast footage, surveillance footage from the kennel blocks and utilises video conferencing equipment to facilitate communication between the tracks and office in real time together with modern bet monitoring tools.

The article also questions the role and independence of GRNSW’s Greyhound Welfare and Veterinary Services Unit.

The decision by GRNSW to create this unit and employ its own Veterinarians was in part due to the conflict of interest that arose in most instances where on-course Veterinarians had a significant private commercial practice largely focused on greyhounds in the immediate locality of the race track at which they officiated.

The new approach of GRNSW removes this potential conflict of interest as the treating Veterinarian can no longer refer the greyhound to their own practice for their own financial gain or likewise come under any undue pressure from participants at the track who are clients of the Veterinarian in private practice.

In addition, veterinary surgeons employed by GRNSW can be fully integrated into the sport and therefore can be expected to make a significant contribution to its good regulation and welfare. Employing veterinarians is common-place in other codes of racing and indeed ensures independent veterinarian input into the regulatory process.

Remaining at the forefront of integrity developments is central to the ongoing success of greyhound racing in NSW and the new Board of GRNSW is committed to working with its Chief Executive Brent Hogan to achieve this.

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« 2012-Nov-16, 09:26 AM Reply #7 »
I don't know shit from clay about this issue, but that never stops me commentating on other issues.

As I see it - in a nutshell:-

A Humphries says an in-house panel is likely to sweep wrongdoing under the carpet.

B Hogan says an independent panel is likely to feather its own nests by referring greyhounds to their own practices.

Both have some prospective validity.

Without knowing any of the participants, but understanding that there have been past problems with the administration of the sport, I'd say the panel should be of independent vets, but some sort of strict guidelines imposed regarding their subsequent treatment of the greyhounds.

 

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« 2012-Nov-16, 01:38 PM Reply #8 »
The article also questions the role and independence of GRNSW’s Greyhound Welfare and Veterinary Services Unit.

The decision by GRNSW to create this unit and employ its own Veterinarians was in part due to the conflict of interest that arose in most instances where on-course Veterinarians had a significant private commercial practice largely focused on greyhounds in the immediate locality of the race track at which they officiated.

The new approach of GRNSW removes this potential conflict of interest as the treating Veterinarian can no longer refer the greyhound to their own practice for their own financial gain or likewise come under any undue pressure from participants at the track who are clients of the Veterinarian in private practice.

In addition, veterinary surgeons employed by GRNSW can be fully integrated into the sport and therefore can be expected to make a significant contribution to its good regulation and welfare. Employing veterinarians is common-place in other codes of racing and indeed ensures independent veterinarian input into the regulatory process.


The conflict of interest claim doesn't make sense.  It only works if you happen to be a trainer who is close to the track, is currently seeing another vet and is not happy with their current vet.
I dispute the second claim as well, how can paying the vets ensure "independent veterinarian input into the regulatory process?

Like most things to do with GRNSW, this is just more spin from a man who would be out of his depth in a puddle.

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« 2012-Nov-16, 02:53 PM Reply #9 »
At least they are not burying their heads in the sand.

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« 2012-Nov-16, 08:17 PM Reply #10 »
At least they are not burying their heads in the sand.

No, they are sweeping it under the carpet.

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« 2013-Oct-16, 07:34 PM Reply #12 »
Gee, surprise surprise the mud slingers are the focus  :bash:

A disgruntled ex-employee and a few rouges, all have been invited to provide evidence yet can't stump up, doesn't really surprise does it.

As for Mark Azzopardi  :shutup:

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« 2013-Oct-16, 08:03 PM Reply #13 »
So there is probably a lot of room for a bit of defamation action here then.

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« 2013-Oct-17, 08:39 PM Reply #14 »
Dear XXXXX,

I am writing to provide you with an important update on the NSW greyhound racing industry - especially in light of a recent report into our sport on the ABC’s 7.30 program.

As many of you would be aware, a number of welfare and integrity allegations were made against our sport. Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) take these allegations very seriously. Accordingly, I have asked our integrity team to investigate all aspects of the allegations which were aired on 7.30.

In particular, GRNSW has now formally directed former Wentworth Park on-course veterinarian Dr Ted Humphries and greyhound trainer, Christos Arletos, to bring forward substantive evidence of their claims concerning the use of banned substances on greyhounds. GRNSW has repeatedly invited Dr Humphries to discuss his concerns with our Integrity Department; however, he has not yet made any effort to contact GRNSW.

Disappointingly, the 7.30 story omitted the crucial fact that their supposed “insider”, Mr Arletos had himself been disqualified for three months in 2006 for a positive swab on one of his greyhounds. The reporter was made aware of this information prior to broadcast. Mr Arletos made a startling allegation that 80 per cent of the industry gives their greyhounds performance enhancing drugs and that favourable treatment is given to more successful trainers. GRNSW takes this allegation extremely seriously and directs Mr Arletos to bring forward evidence of this claim.

Next month, a NSW Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry will begin into the NSW greyhound racing industry. The Inquiry will be chaired by Robert Borsak from the Shooters and Fishers Party. The deputy chair is Dr John Kaye from The Greens.

Politicians will have the opportunity to question key industry participants. The terms of reference for the inquiry can be found by clicking here.

GRNSW is in the process of finalising a very detailed submission for the purposes of the Inquiry. When approached by the ABC for an on-camera interview, we explained to the journalist that it would be inappropriate to comment before the submission had been finalised and approved by the Board. Sadly, this explanation was not given at any point during the 7:30 report. We further asked that if there was any specific allegation that the ABC wanted to raise with Greyhound Racing NSW that they submit it to us formally so that we could be in a position to respond accordingly. They refused. Clearly it didn’t suit their agenda or the general tenor of their so called investigation.

Similarly, Greyhounds Australasia, who is the national voice in respect to animal welfare matters declined to participate, despite the welfare elements of the report having a national focus.

Despite this, GRNSW wholly cooperated with the ABC to ensure the reporter had access to all relevant information to present a fair and accurate story.

Swabbing and Doping
The ABC report largely focused on the presence of illegal drugs in the sport.

The use of performance enhancing drugs in greyhound racing is something we take very seriously. Over the last year GRNSW dramatically increased its drug detection activities taking 5,562 samples - a 47 per cent increase on the previous year. The increase in swabs carried out was made possible after GRNSW nearly doubled its swabbing budget for 2012/13 following a marked increase in positive swabs in the previous year.

The increase in the detection of prohibited substances coincides with GRNSW’s enhanced approach to race day integrity operations. This includes the establishment of a ‘control room’ at GRNSW’s head office in Rhodes, which receives live feeds of the race broadcast footage, surveillance footage from the kennel blocks and utilises video conferencing equipment to facilitate communication between the tracks and office in real time together with modern bet monitoring tools.

However, we must keep some perspective, after staging in excess of 10,000 races there were only 35 confirmed positives in the last financial year.

Greyhound Welfare
GRNSW is committed to improving the welfare of greyhounds in NSW. Since assuming responsibility for animal welfare in 2009, GRNSW has launched a number of welfare initiatives and over the next 12 months we intend to further enhance our commitment to greyhound welfare by dedicating $1.3 million to improving welfare and rehoming services.

GRNSW has a zero tolerance for trainers who do not meet our animal welfare standards, a position we know the vast majority of trainers in NSW fully support. Any trainer found ending the life of a greyhound in an inhumane manner or mistreating the greyhounds in their care in some other way is not welcome in our sport. They would not only be violating the rules of greyhound racing and our code of practice, but would also be committing a criminal offence under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

By encouraging smarter breeding practices, ensuring safer racing and providing greater re-homing opportunities, GRNSW is confident it will provide a better life for greyhounds after racing.

Next steps
In the coming months, it’s likely that allegations such as those aired on 7.30 will be made as the Parliamentary Inquiry gains momentum.

This is particularly evident given the anti-racing agenda The Greens have been pursuing. They continue to make unsubstantiated claims about animal cruelty, drug use and links to organised crime within the greyhound racing industry. The Greens have even produced a guide instructing how people can make a submission in which they publish misleading and false claims about animal welfare and the integrity of the sport. This document that has been circulated by The Greens leader Dr John Kaye can be viewed here.

To ensure that an accurate, fair and true reflection of the greyhound racing industry in NSW is provided to the Parliamentary Inquiry, it is essential that all participants provide a submission; no matter how long or short it might be. It’s in our collective best interests to ensure that the views of all our industry participants are adequately represented.

Details on how to make a submission can be found by clicking here.

Yours faithfully
THE DOGS

Brent Hogan
Chief Executive

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« 2013-Oct-20, 11:50 AM Reply #15 »
Going to need a bigger carpet:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-15/greyhound-racing-industry-hit-by-doping-cruelty-allegations/5024714

2 parts to this story - nothing really new to see here.

The real problem stems from the stewards, they are so thin skinned that anything that is seen to be questioning their integrity is stamped out.  That's why David Landa got nowhere, GRNSW simply don't have the guts to the right thing and watch over their stewards.

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« 2013-Oct-20, 12:36 PM Reply #16 »
Because I do not understand the issues, it is easy to take on board the first bit of information that the media chucks up.

But ... because, as we know, the media is into speculation, sensationalism, and dare I say it ... scandal ... we may not always be getting the truth.

I would far rather take on board the measured words of the GRNSW which will have passed through legal vetting, than the words of a media that depends on reader/viewer numbers for its survival and justification.

My earlier post was a response based on sensational reporting.
But when you consider that there are men and women who depend on this sport for their livelihood, it is a bit too crass to just sign on to the team that is baying for blood.

Still - I think all sides agree there is some room to improve, and to enforce regulations across the board fairly.

What needs to be transparent, is whether or not one group - perhaps the higher echelon -are receiving the benefit of the "blind eye" while smaller players are getting cleaned over the same infringements.

It is to everyone's advantage to have a clean sport and a level playing field, but that may be a place too far right now.
In the meantime, the GRNSW has the unenviable task of steering through this boil-up, ensuring that the sport is the beneficiary of any changes, in a fair and positive way.

Poor management of these issues now, will be disastrous for the industry, and that would not be fair nor desirable for all the part-time and smaller participants who love the sport, and want to see their dogs compete on a level playing field.

That level playing field seems to be what is at the heart of this. Perhaps it is tilted a little in favour of the bigger professionals, to the detriment of those whose pockets are not so deep.

I'd like to hear what the opinions of those who are closer to the hub on this.
I just want to understand the real issues, not the issues trumped up by a blood-thirsty media, or a few disaffected participants with an agenda.


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« 2013-Oct-20, 01:05 PM Reply #17 »
Janice,

This all goes back to 2003 and the former Chief steward Rodney Potter.  Potter was caught on camera destroying swabs, and it turned out he was taking money from trainers to not take or "lose" swabs.  In response to that, a new procedure was introduced whereby the winning trainer (or handler) would operate a little lotto type set up with 5 marbles, 4 white and 1 red.  If you drew the red marble you got swabbed.  Stewards also could swab for improved/poor performance etc.  It was a way of ensuring the deterrence of swabbing every winner without the cost (which for greyhounds is excessive).

Enter the "new" GRNSW who decided to remove the red marble and return the sole discretion of swabbing to stewards.  All this did was led participants to question who was being swabbed and why.  Not helped by a training group who had a bad rep and forced to go OS, couldn't get a license there so came back and won a metro premiership.  For a lot of smaller participants, the feeling was that bigger trainers were being favoured and they were being victimized - which the red marble got rid of.

Now GRNSW swabs all Saturday metro winners, so we get the deterrence of the red marble for 5 times the cost, which obviously comes out of prize money which causes further discontent.

This is only 1 part of one issue, I won't go into the rest of GRNSW's problems, except to say I don't think they are fit for purpose.

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« 2014-Apr-07, 04:19 PM Reply #18 »
The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth

Written By Bruce Teague 5 hours ago 
The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth

She’s done it again. Natalie O’Brien, the Fairfax reporter who has been sniping at greyhound racing for a couple of years now, has had another crack at the industry in her March 30 item in the Sun Herald.

Despite the parliamentary Inquiry reporting that abuses were “minimal”, O’Brien devoted most of her article to dissenting comments by Greens MP John Kaye, who claimed that GRNSW “has dodged a bullet” after the Inquiry ignored references to euthanised dogs and other matters. Those words were uttered under parliamentary privilege but neither Kaye nor O’Brien has tried to better define “dodged” or “bullet”. As a reporter, O’Brien was duty bound to delve further, but did not bother, instead just repeating the claims verbatim. Kaye himself had originally got wide media coverage after making wild and unsustainable accusations about the industry.

While those issues were well canvassed during the hearings, the other six members of the committee obviously thought it not of sufficient concern to make a song and dance about it. However, many of its other recommendations went to such matters as the need to improve supervision of trainers’ practices, to increase efforts to re-home dogs and to watch over the “socialisation” aspect during their early careers in particular.

It is striking that O’Brien has managed to extract a string of adverse comments by Kaye at the far end of the 184 page report while skating briefly over the parts that did not suit her agenda. Did Kaye prompt O’Brien or was it vice versa?

O’Brien’s previous greyhound efforts in Fairfax papers (Jul 15, 2012, Aug 12, 2012, Nov 24, 2013) contained a few valid points but otherwise they were all backed by unsubstantiated and untested claims by people who later failed to present their cases to GRNSW. They could be best described as hearsay and innuendo, yet were presented as facts.

Effectively, Kaye was the instigator of the whole Inquiry following his original attack on what he has termed abuses, bullying, secrecy and cronyism. Like any other walk of life, greyhound racing is not perfect but the balance found by the Inquiry was that while improvements could and should be made, in the overall sense participants “take great care and pride in their dogs”.

Kaye, like other tiny minorities which made submissions to the Inquiry, implies that he does not like greyhound racing in any form. That’s his privilege but it should not be allowed to govern everything that happens. Society contains murderers, burglars, embezzlers and rapists but that does not mean the rest of the population should also get a black mark.

O’Brien’s situation is similar but more serious. Her actions appear to run counter to the journalist’s ethics and code of practice. She has failed on two major counts; first to properly verify the claims of abuses by making contact with a range of involved parties, and secondly by failing to give balance in her articles to facts and arguments for and against.

The ABC 7:30 Report was also at fault in this way. In one example in a highly critical program, a 15 minute interview with one senior authority figure ended up as an 8-second grab on the program, while lengthy complaints by others were never verified. At best, it was a blatant attempt at tabloid-style headline grabbing. The ABC has been widely criticised for similar treatment of other subjects.

In both these cases, their comments were massively (and in O’Brien’s case, repeatedly) slanted to paint a poor picture of the industry while offering only fleeting opportunities for contrary views to be put. That the all-party parliamentary Inquiry has found and acted differently serves only to underline the slack nature of the reporting. Remember that O’Brien’s writing did not come under the heading of “opinion”. As with the ABC 7.30 report, it purported to be straight reporting. Consequently, both parties should be hauled over the coals for misleading the public.

For reference, here are just two items in the journalists’ code of practice. It requires them to …

“1. Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, or give distorting emphasis. Do your utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply”.
“4. Do not allow personal interest, or any belief, commitment, payment, gift or benefit, to undermine your accuracy, fairness or independence”.

To use a term popular in legal circles these days, would an “ordinary person” see any breaches there, or not?

Separately, let’s note that the RSPCA, an organisation with some standing in the community, also has been at pains to highlight what it claims is an excessive number of greyhounds euthanised. Yet, under questioning, it was unable to provide accurate data on that subject or to offer comparable evidence for any other dog breed, or even of horses. This somewhat slapdash and unprofessional approach reduces the worth of its submissions. Like the above two media sources, it smacks of an emotional bias against greyhound racing.

There is an anti-football league in Melbourne but at least they are honest about it. They are also part of a tiny minority. In fact, society has lots of tiny minorities. Such is democracy, but life goes on regardless.

Whatever comes of this exercise, it does not relieve the greyhound industry of the obligation to better inform the public about the breed and how the industry works. At the very least, it owes that to owners, trainers and employees. It is also good business practice.

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« 2014-Apr-07, 05:30 PM Reply #19 »
Bruce Teague:

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Prolific writer ... and certainly an insider.

   
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