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O.P. « 2016-Jun-17, 10:31 AM »
The Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC was appointed by the Governor of New South Wales on 6 May 2015 to inquire into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW.

Commissioner McHugh reported on 16 June 2016.  Publication will occur shortly. 

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« 2016-Jun-21, 03:31 PM Reply #1 »
For those interested, the Report will go to Cabinet this week.  The ABC carried this story last week.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Animal welfare activists are hoping the findings of an inquiry into New South Wales greyhound racing will spell the end of the industry.

The Special Commission of Inquiry is due to report back to the state government today.

The head of greyhound racing in the state says he's bracing for serious and confronting findings, but he remains adamant that the industry has learnt tough lessons in the past year.

Thomas Oriti reports.

THOMAS ORITI: The report comes after an investigation involving hundreds of hours of video, and tens of thousands of documents. And Animals Australia's executive director, Glenys Oogjes, hopes it'll send an important message to the New South Wales government.

GLENYS OOGJES: The greyhound racing industry should not, and cannot be supported.

It really has such inherent cruelties, and terrible ethical issues involved with it that I really don't think it can continue.

THOMAS ORITI: The New South Wales Government ordered the inquiry after the ABC's Four Corners program showed gruesome footage of dogs being trained to chase and maul live animals.

It appointed former High Court Justice Michael McHugh as commissioner of the inquiry in May last year.

And in the public hearings that followed, former greyhound racing executives were grilled about their knowledge of "live baiting".

Glenys Oogjes says the practice was allowed to continue for decades.

GLENYS OOGJES: The industry's culture was to not talk about it, certainly not outside their very closed industry.

THOMAS ORITI: Those at the helm of Greyhound Racing New South Wales were dismissed in the wake of the scandal.

And the Interim CEO, Paul Newson, made his feelings clear at the inquiry telling the commissioner he had no confidence in the organisation.

Now, he says animal welfare is at the heart of the industry.

PAUL NEWSON: Animals Australia and the Four Corners program 'Making a Killing', it exposed serious failings in greyhound racing.

It exposed serious failings in the governments, the oversight and the commitment to animal welfare standards.

Greyhound racing failed to safeguard the greyhound, it's as simple as that.

We have made significant inroads. Much has changed, but we have much work to do.

THOMAS ORITI: It's still not clear when, or if, today's report will be made public.

A spokesman for the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing, Troy Grant, says that's a matter for the Cabinet.

But Paul Newson hopes the public will get a chance to read it.

GLENYS OOGJES: We, and greyhound racing, need to be transparent. We need to be more accountable.

We need to effectively discharge our regulatory obligations.

One of the mechanisms to achieve that is to publish this report. The industry is certainly bracing itself for some fairly serious and confronting findings and recommendations.

It will assist our efforts to recover our social licence if those confronting findings, those confronting recommendations, are made public.

THOMAS ORITI: Glenys Oogjes from Animals Australia agrees.

GLENYS OOGJES: This has been a very extensive and long inquiry. It has been very detailed.

We've been pleased that the commissioner and staff have taken a lot of the information and sought information.

And so, it really does need to be an open inquiry continuing on. And we must see the full report as soon as possible.

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« 2016-Jun-22, 02:27 AM Reply #2 »
GLENYS OOGJES - Executive Director of Animals Australia

The Animals Australia web site is interesting if nothing else.

Fish in farms suffer from severe depression, new research finds

Farm-raised fish can suffer from such high levels of stress and depression that they essentially give up on life.

Up to a quarter of fish in fish farms have stunted growth and float lifelessly at the surface of the tanks. These fish are known as 'drop outs.' According to new research by Royal Society Open Science, these fish exhibit behaviours and brain chemistry almost identical to those of very stressed and depressed people.


http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/fish-in-farms-are-depressed.php


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« 2016-Jun-23, 01:28 PM Reply #3 »
Alan Clayton, CEO of GRV, spoke on RSN this am.  He looks back at what has changed in the last 12 months in Victoria.  It is on the RSN website.

The Vics have undertaken a wholesale change from the top down with revised integrity structures.  It is rewarding them with positive dividends.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:00 PM Reply #4 »
And Greyhound Racing looks to be banned in NSW in the future
http://www.greyhoundracinginquiry.justice.nsw.gov.au/

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:12 PM Reply #5 »
Just announced NSW Government has banned greyhound racing from July 1st 2017, following official enquiry that determined  evidence existed of animal cruelty.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:18 PM Reply #7 »
I just seen that .
Big decision imo.

Btw I'm back with a new Nic.
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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:40 PM Reply #8 »
WOW, big step.

I wonder what the financial cost will be to wind it up, probably offset via the sale of Wenty Park!

Surely this gets challenged in court somewhere along the line.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:46 PM Reply #9 »
Interestingly timed announcement.

The Federal election would have had nothing to do with that, of course.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:48 PM Reply #10 »
Wow, what next horse racing ?

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:55 PM Reply #11 »
Surely this is some sort of July the 7th joke.


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« 2016-Jul-07, 01:34 PM Reply #12 »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/greyhound-racing-to-be-banned-in-new-south-wales/7576816

Greyhound racing to be banned in New South Wales, Baird Government announces
Updated 7 minutes ago

Greyhound racing will be banned in New South Wales from July 1 next year, with Premier Mike Baird saying the "widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals" cannot be tolerated.

Mr Baird said the Government had received the report of the commission, conducted by former High Court judge Michael McHugh, and the findings were damning.

The move comes after the ABC's Four Corners program exposed widespread and extreme animal cruelty and cheating through the use of live baiting to entice and train greyhounds, which then led to the special commission.

Internal documents revealed senior greyhound racing administrators in NSW were actively strategising to downplay live baiting in the industry in the days before the program was set to air.

Mr Baird said the industry was not capable in the short or medium term of reforming and in the coming months the Government would be working toward an orderly shutdown.

In his recommendation to Parliament, Mr McHugh said it should be considered whether the industry had lost its "social licence" to operate and should be shut down.

He said his alternative recommendation was extensive reform, including tighter regulation. But he said if the industry continued, there was a "very real risk" that live baiting would continue.

'Horrific' evidence of animal cruelty heard by special commission

Mr Baird said the decision showed the State Government was making animal welfare a priority.

"As a humane and responsible Government, we are left with no acceptable course of action except to close this industry down," Mr Baird said.

"This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the appalling revelations in Mr McHugh's report and his considered view that any other measures are unlikely to protect animals from further cruelty."

Mr Baird described the evidence of animal cruelty heard by the commission as "chilling and horrific".

The inquiry found that between 48,000 and 68,000 greyhounds - or at least half of all greyhounds bred to race - were killed in the past 12 years because they were deemed uncompetitive.

The report said up to 20 per cent of trainers engaged in live baiting and 180 greyhounds per year sustained "catastrophic injuries" during races, including skull fractures, which resulted in their deaths.

Mr Baird said the Government would announce detailed plans for the shutdown later this year following consultation with the industry and animal welfare organisations.

He said the move would include a welfare plan for existing greyhounds, including opportunities for re-homing, an adjustment package for industry participants, a transition arrangement for existing Greyhound Racing NSW assets, including race tracks to ensure they are used as open public space.

Mr Baird said the state would be following many jurisdictions across the United States and the world which have banned greyhound racing to protect animal welfare.

'Industry will fight this to the finish'

Hunter Valley greyhound racing trainer Bob Whitelaw said he was devastated by the news.

"I can assure you that the industry will fight this to the finish. I have got no doubt," he said

"It'll be a political issue at the next election. The ramifications could go right through to the other two codes of racing here in NSW ... if look at the other two codes there is not much difference when it comes to the allegations of animal cruelty."

He said he believed the move was an over-reaction.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 02:35 PM Reply #13 »
Greyhound racing to be banned in New South Wales, Baird Government announces
Updated 26 minutes ago

Greyhound racing will be banned in New South Wales from July 1 next year, with Premier Mike Baird saying the "widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals" cannot be tolerated.

Mr Baird said the Government had received the report of the commission, conducted by former High Court judge Michael McHugh, and the findings were damning.

The move comes after the ABC's Four Corners program exposed widespread and extreme animal cruelty and cheating through the use of live baiting to entice and train greyhounds, which then led to the special commission.

Internal documents revealed senior greyhound racing administrators in NSW were actively strategising to downplay live baiting in the industry in the days before the program was set to air.

Mr Baird said the industry was not capable in the short or medium term of reforming and in the coming months the Government would be working toward an orderly shutdown.

"Certainly this is not an easy decision," Mr Baird said.

"It's not something that has been taken lightly. But when confronted with Justice McHugh's report, I believe there is no other alternative."

In his recommendation to Parliament, Mr McHugh said it should be considered whether the industry had lost its "social licence" to operate and should be shut down.

He said his alternative recommendation was extensive reform, including tighter regulation. But he said if the industry continued, there was a "very real risk" that live baiting would continue.

There are 6,809 registered greyhounds in NSW, which will need to be re-homed, transferred interstate or euthanised, the inquiry found.

'Horrific' evidence of animal cruelty heard by special commission

Mr Baird said the decision showed the State Government was making animal welfare a priority.

"As a humane and responsible Government, we are left with no acceptable course of action except to close this industry down," Mr Baird said.
"This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the appalling revelations in Mr McHugh's report and his considered view that any other measures are unlikely to protect animals from further cruelty."

Mr Baird described the evidence of animal cruelty heard by the commission as "chilling and horrific".

The inquiry found that between 48,000 and 68,000 greyhounds - or at least half of all greyhounds bred to race - were killed in the past 12 years because they were deemed uncompetitive.

The report said up to 20 per cent of trainers engaged in live baiting and 180 greyhounds per year sustained "catastrophic injuries" during races, including skull fractures, which resulted in their deaths.

"As you will see when you go through the report, he has shone the light on an industry that has overseen the slaughter of tens of thousands of healthy dogs whose only crime was they weren't fast enough," Mr Baird said.

"He's also shown an industry which has turned a blind eye to the barbaric practice of live baiting. He's shown that the industry has a culture of deception.

"Indeed the commissioner has found that it is no longer entitled to the trust of the community."

Welfare group calls for national ban

Animals Australia's Shantha Hamade described the announcement as "a courageous decision in line with the community expectation".

"What the industry revealed and the subsequent inquiry show [is] the practices entrenched in this industry do not accord with community expectations," she said.

"We are dealing with an industry who, for more than a decade, has been founded on the practice of live baiting.

"Also an industry that has happily been responsible for the slaughter of tens of thousands of dogs, healthy dogs each year and so - let's not forget the drugging of dogs for performance enhancing reasons that goes on in this industry.

"This is a culture that is entrenched and just cannot be changed."

Ms Hamade said other states should follow the lead of NSW.

"Everything that is going on in NSW is going on nationally and without a national approach to this problem, what we'll see happening is that trainers in NSW will start moving their dogs interstate and racing them interstate," she said.

Adjustment package for industry participants

Mr Baird said the Government would announce detailed plans for the shutdown later this year following consultation with the industry and animal welfare organisations.

He said the move would include a welfare plan for existing greyhounds, including opportunities for re-homing, a transition arrangement for existing Greyhound Racing NSW assets, including race tracks to ensure they are used as open public space.

The Premier added those currently making a living from the industry would be provided with assistance.

"I feel much empathy for innocent trainers and those who will lose their job or hobby as a result of this. And I understand the disappointment of people who enjoy having a punt on the dogs," Mr Baird said.

"But we simply cannot and will not stand-by and allow the widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals."

'Industry will fight this to the finish'

Hunter Valley greyhound racing trainer Bob Whitelaw said he was devastated by the news.

"I can assure you that the industry will fight this to the finish. I have got no doubt," he said.


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"It'll be a political issue at the next election. The ramifications could go right through to the other two codes of racing here in NSW ... if look at the other two codes there is not much difference when it comes to the allegations of animal cruelty."

He said he believed the move was an over-reaction.

"It tells you that this particular Government has lost focus here in New South Wales and the saddest part about this is that they've waited for the federal election to announce it, so it is political more so than anything else."

Mr Baird said NSW would be following many jurisdictions across the United States and the world that have banned greyhound racing to protect animal welfare.

"This is an industry across the world which has been shrinking. Indeed in the US, in the last 12 months alone, additional states have banned greyhound racing on the basis of animal welfare," he said.

"Indeed more than half the states that used to undertake greyhound racing in the '70s, that is down to five states undertaking active racing today."

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« 2016-Jul-07, 03:22 PM Reply #14 »
Looking forward to Gintara's response.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 04:10 PM Reply #15 »
Mike Baird should be called to account, for the way he approves of the parasitic approach of Tabcorp.

Mike Baird approves of the Tabcorp attitude that only mugs should be allowed to bet Fixed Odds with Tabcorp.


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« 2016-Jul-07, 04:37 PM Reply #16 »
Bit hard to understand just how "widespread" the live baiting was in NSW. In Queensland the august body the RSPCA prosecuted 1 thats ONE, greyhound licencee for animal cruelty leading up to the Four Corners show in the previous 20 YEARS, thats really widespread. Feffin joke. So there are about 12,000 thoroughbred foals born every year yet only about 7,000 racehorses get registered every year - over 10 years thats about 50,000 horses "wasted" , And those that do get registered about 40% don't make it to racing stage and those that do get their backsides flogged every time they start to get puffed at the end of a race. I'd like to see Mike Baird take on the thoroughbred industry I don't think so.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 04:39 PM Reply #17 »
You would have thought this was a greens government and not the liberals.
Absolute disgrace.
Horses will be next, mark my words.
I thought Troy Grant was a good minister, he's a fool if this is his idea

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« 2016-Jul-07, 04:44 PM Reply #18 »
You would have thought this was a greens government and not the liberals.
Absolute disgrace.
Horses will be next, mark my words.
I thought Troy Grant was a good minister, he's a fool if this is his idea

Why will the horses be next ?


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« 2016-Jul-07, 05:23 PM Reply #19 »
Why?
Because the same people with this agenda are the same who think horse racing is cruel. As a comparison, they have a point.
This is a disgrace

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« 2016-Jul-07, 05:39 PM Reply #20 »
Why will the horses be next ?

The same reason, wastage.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 05:42 PM Reply #21 »
The same reason, wastage.

If the Government was not hypocritical I suspect you would be right.

Greyhounds are a weak target. Between the 2 horse codes I think there is far too much income for them to get rid of them.

I do think things like the whip will come under greater scrutiny.


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« 2016-Jul-07, 05:49 PM Reply #22 »
The premier said it was about the healthy animals put down each year. The same logic can be applied anywhere, cows, chickens, sheep etc etc. I said way back the horse industry should be standing with the dogs as they will be next in the sights of the antis. The premier has given them the crack  to crawl in and the same tactic will be used against the horses.

I just hope the hypocrite chokes on his rib eye tonight.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 06:09 PM Reply #23 »

NSW Greyhound Industry Left Devastated by Decision To Shut Down Sport
07/07/2016
GRNSW News

The greyhound racing industry is devastated by today’s decision by the NSW Government to shut down the sport in NSW.

Around our state there are many thousands of responsible participants who treat their greyhounds like family who are involved in the greyhound racing industry either through training, racing or supporting the sport.

These people were as dismayed as others by the exposure of completely unacceptable and inhumane practices within greyhound racing. That is why they supported the significant reforms made by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) over the last 12 months.

In the past 16 months, GRNSW has transformed the organisation and regulation of the industry to significantly improve animal welfare and supervision of the industry.

GRNSW had taken decisive action as it strived to recover community trust and believed that its reforms and strategic direction could have transformed the sport into a stronger sustainable one in which animal welfare and integrity were fundamental to a vibrant future. The industry wanted to do more and was committed in doing so.

The NSW Government, after receiving the Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry, has come to a different conclusion, one that will rock industry participants and associated communities around our state, as well as the hardworking GRNSW team and its partners who have been working tirelessly to improve the industry.

GRNSW would like to reiterate that it fully cooperated with the Special Commission of Inquiry.

GRNSW will continue to tirelessly advocate for its members and carry on to ensure greyhound racing industry participants receive the support they need as the industry winds down

Given today’s announcement, GRNSW has made the decision to suspend greyhound racing for the next seven days beginning with immediate effect.

Today is an extremely sad day for the NSW greyhound racing industry and the people involved in it.

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« 2016-Jul-07, 06:51 PM Reply #24 »
I reckon we have had some prize clowns as Premier of the State up here in Queensland, but this goose in NSW surely takes the cake. This is the same bod who is letting the multi nationals walk in and tear up prize grazing and agricultural land so that they  can pillage areas like the Liverpool Plains for their own selfish means .What next-ban abattoirs. And now this masterstroke. And who did he get to make these ridiculous recommendations. Some old 80 year old legal beak who was pensioned off from the High Court ten years ago. The world seems to be getting sillier and sillier.


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