Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dog Ban 'Premature'; Gulaptis to Support Industry

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dog Ban 'Premature'; Gulaptis to Support Industry

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Byline: Clair Morton and Chris Calcino

STATE Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis will not support the bill to ban greyhound racing in New South Wales, but refuses to be drawn on whether he will cross the floor when it reaches the Lower House.

Perhaps more importantly, his "gut feeling" is that there will not be enough resistance to stop it going through.

The bill was rushed through the NSW Parliament's Upper House just before midnight on Wednesday, despite opposition from some of the Government's own members, including Liberal MP Peter Phelps, who suggested the ban would embolden animal welfare extremists.

"Think for a moment: Does this bill encourage or discourage them?" he said.

"Are they going to roll up their swags and go home and say, 'That is it; we have fixed all the problems we have', or are they going to take this as yet another step on their path to ideological purity?

"This week we had People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals calling for Eggs and Bacon Bay in Tasmania to be renamed. These are the sorts of people we are dealing with."

But Mr Gulaptis' own gripe with the move is the fact he feels it was premature, despite conceding the industry brought the situation on themselves through lax regulation.

He would back the ban, he said, if he felt the significant reforms made in recent months weren't working.

"I just think the industry needs more time to show the reforms it has undertaken have improved animal welfare standards; that they are meeting community expectations and that there are compliance and testing regimes in place to ensure it continues to operate in an ethical way in the future," he said.

"The Government's decision was based on the fact it did not clean its act up when it had a chance, and the community at large and Government have lost faith in the industry being able to do that. …

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