GREYHOUND RACING GIVEN ONE LAST CHANCE
The Greyhound Racing Industry and stakeholders in the Tamworth Electorate have welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government today to give the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW one last chance.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said that he has today spoken to a number of locals in the Industry including owners and trainers about the decision.
“The Greyhound Racing Industry in the Tamworth electorate has good honest people and I was committed to working with the Government to look at options to assist them, and today the decision has been made to allow them to continue to participate in the sport.
“That offer comes subject to the industry agreeing to the strictest regulations in the country to clamp down on animal cruelty.
“A Greyhound Industry Reform Panel will be set up chaired by former Premier Morris Iemma to determine what the regime will look like with a strong focus on animal welfare, removing those who do the wrong thing and holding them to account with such penalties as a lifetime ban from the industry.
“These new reforms will not be easy. It will mean a new era for greyhound racing, breeding and training – one that must be in stark contrast to the way things were and one that must promote acceptable practices, transparency and honesty amongst participants and regulating bodies.
“I know that we have a motivated local industry with participants that will work hard to meet the strictest level of animal welfare requirements and the community’s expectations.
“It’s now up to them to prove that they can and will operate as per the Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance guarantees,” Mr Anderson concluded.