Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Greyhound Ban a Tough Decision

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Greyhound Ban a Tough Decision

Article excerpt

BEING a leader is about making tough decisions that are for the greater good.

Last week I had to make one of those tough decisions, and that was to end greyhound racing in NSW by July 1 next year.

The decision followed a Special Commission of Inquiry Report that was over a year in the making and had the powers of a Royal Commission to really get to the bottom of what's wrong in the greyhound racing industry.

The findings of the report disgusted me: as many as 68,000 greyhound were killed over the past 12 years for not being fast enough, up to one fifth of trainers use the horrific live baiting

practice and there is no appetite for the industry to change.

Some people are saying: "Why not give the industry another chance, reform them not close them?''

The former High Court Justice who conducted the inquiry was emphatic in saying that even if the industry was reformed, he believed these practices would return once the harsh spotlight of the commission was removed. …

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