Thursday, February 19, 2015

RSPCA NSW to be on panel investigating Greyhound racing industry

RSPCA NSW Chief Executive Officer Steve Coleman is welcoming the opportunity to be part of an independent panel to investigate allegations of live baiting within the greyhound industry in New South Wales.

It comes after the board and CEO of Greyhound Racing NSW stood down overnight, in the wake of the video footage showing the blooding of greyhounds using live rabbits, possums and piglets. 

The head of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing Paul Newson, has been named interim CEO. Mr Newson will join Mr Coleman on the investigative panel to be headed by former High Court Justice Michael McHugh. Additional members are to be appointed in coming days.

“Our focus is on the welfare of animals.  This is a unique opportunity to go back to square one and consider all of the aspects that potentially impact on welfare including whether self-regulation is the future for this industry,” Mr Coleman said. 

Deputy Premier Troy Grant has said ‘everything is on the table’ when it comes to preventing further cases of live baiting, and restoring the integrity of the industry.

 “This is what we’ve been asking for since the footage came to light, and we are heartened that our calls have been heeded,” Mr Coleman concluded.

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