The NSW GBOTA is today shattered and heart-broken by the decision of the NSW Government to ban greyhound racing in NSW.
The NSW Government today released the findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry and simultaneously announced that the NSW greyhound industry was to be shut down as of July 1, 2017.
The Special Commission of Inquiry made 80 recommendations, the first of which was to propose that parliament consider whether the NSW greyhound industry has lost its social licence and should no longer be permitted to operate in NSW.
The remaining 79 recommendations were to apply in the event that the parliament agreed that the industry should be allowed to continue on its reform journey. These recommendations were a further enhancement of the positive changes that have been made since February 2015.
They involved separation of regulatory and commercial functions, stronger powers to external regulators for to act upon breaches to the Prevention of Cruelty Act, the appointment of an independent greyhound Racing Integrity Commissioner and cutting edge animal welfare standards.
The NSW GBOTA is staggered that the Government has chosen the shut down option as opposed to recognising the industry’s progress during the past 18months and its willingness to support change.
“The NSW GBOTA made three submissions to the Special Commission and we are satisfied the majority of our suggestions were supported by the Commissioner,” said Association Executive Officer Brenton Scott.
“Whilst nobody could condone any of the animal cruelty revelations exposed by Four Corners in early 2015, it is impossible to suggest that the NSW Greyhound industry has not committed itself to reform in the period since.
“The State Government has and has a responsibility to recognise this.
“Our industry deserves to be given an opportunity to continue our reform journey, supported by regulatory and animal welfare framework that ensured our industry meets best practice ethical and sustainability standards.
“The NSW GBOTA has vowed to continue to fight the current intention of the Government,” Mr Scott added.
“It is simply an unfair and unreasonable decision.
“Our industry involves 15,000 participant and employs thousands more.
“The vast majority of participants, past and present, are decent people who have and will continue to put their greyhounds first.
“This is an ill considered decision and we will be working with industry stakeholders and all members of parliament to have it revisited,” Mr Scott said.
Participants are encouraged to make immediate contact with their local member and share their story. A full list of members of NSW Parliament is available here
A list of industry reform achieved since February 2015 is available here
Further inquiries can be made with:
Brenton Scott, Executive Officer, NSW GBOTA
Ph: 02 8587 1206 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org