RSPCA NSW is investigating allegations of live baiting in the Greyhound racing industry.
Last week, inspections were conducted across three properties in Sydney in conjunction with NSW Police.
The RSPCA received a complaint including video footage which showed live rabbits and a possum being used to encourage Greyhounds to chase the lure around the track. Some of these animals were subjected to extreme distress before eventually being caught and mauled.
“It is deeply troubling that live baiting, or blooding, is still seen as a legitimate training tactic in some Greyhound circles,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.
“RSPCA NSW received the complaint and confronting footage on 2nd February, 2015 prompting an immediate investigation which resulted in the simultaneous inspections at two greyhound training facilities and one residence in western Sydney last Wednesday. Our Investigations are continuing,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy.
The footage and ABC’s Four Corners investigation implicates trainers in three states, indicating this illegal practice is present within the industry.
“We do have concerns about the Greyhound industry’s self-regulation model, and perhaps it is time to revisit this method of governance,” said Mr Coleman.
“The use of live rabbits or any animal for training in the Greyhound industry is illegal with fines of up to $110,000 for a corporation and $22,000 and/or two years imprisonment for an individual,” Mr Coleman concluded.
RSPCA NSW is continuing its investigations into this matter and urges the community to report any animal cruelty concerns via www.rspcansw.org.au or 1300 CRUELTY.