Calls are increasing for the Federal Government to take action against Australia’s greyhound racing market following revelations on the ABC that animals sent overseas are becoming cruelly treated and languishing in appalling circumstances in components of Asia, which includes Macau and Vietnam.
Following a six-month investigation, the ABC’s 7:30 system exposed how trainers and owners have, with out the approval of racing regulators, been exporting greyhounds to banned places overseas, exactly where animal welfare is non-existent and an early death assured.
The plan also obtained covert vision of a killing field in Vietnam which shows dogs getting injected with poison and dumped in a mass grave.
Today, the ABC obtained figures from the office of Opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon which revealed 370 greyhounds have been secretly exported to banned location Macau this year, with yet another 98 going to Hong Kong and 59 to other parts of China, where greyhound racing and gambling is illegal.
The ABC discovered at least two secret illegal private racing tracks operate in China.
All of the dogs were exported with no the information or approval of Greyhounds Australasia, the peak national racing physique.
All have also been sent overseas without the necessary ‘greyhound passport’.
The CEO of Animal Rights Australia, Lyn White, stated the investigations undertaken by her organisation revealed greyhound racing was riddled with cruelty and a continuing disregard for animal welfare.
“Layers of cruelty, killing of dogs, we were shocked at the degree of callousness, ruthlessness in this sector when it comes to disregarding the welfare of these dogs,” Ms White mentioned.
“It has no end actually.”
Peak racing body ‘frustrated’ with government inaction
The peak overseeing physique, Greyhounds Australasia (GA), mentioned it was frustrated by the lack of government assistance to tighten the guidelines surrounding exports.
CEO Scott Parker stated the racing market had been lobbying the Federal Government to close an export loophole since 2005, but their calls had been ignored.
The ABC obtained a letter dated August 2015, written by Greyhounds Australasia to Mr Fitzgibbon, detailing the aggravation of the peak market physique at the lack of action at a federal level, and pleading for assistance to finish the cruel international trade of Australia’s racing canines.
External Link: GA letter
“Greyhounds Australasia remains frustrated with the lack of Federal Government assistance for much better regulatory oversight of the exportation of Australian racing greyhounds,” Mr Parker wrote.
“These greyhounds are exported with out the approval of GA but with the sanction of the Federal Government.
“We are not in a position to ignore the community’s issues about the welfare of racing greyhounds in overseas jurisdictions but we want government support for a lot more adjust.”
Greyhounds Australasia mentioned it also sought a meeting with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to communicate their concerns and to once again ask the Minister to make a passport technique mandatory as it can’t be enforced outdoors of the Australian greyhound racing market, leaving the channel open for non-compliant exports.
Greyhounds Australasia stated Mr Joyce did not respond to their request.
State and federal ministers: ‘Government requirements to act’
In the wake of the scandal, Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford stated she had written to her federal counterpart, calling for the laws to be tightened.
“This is a tiny loophole in the export laws which are Commonwealth laws,” she said.
“We want the Federal Government, Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, to close this loophole so these lovely animals aren’t suffering in the way that we saw on our televisions last night [on ABC’s 7.30 program].”
Earlier today, Victoriam Racing Minister Martin Pakula publicly lambasted Mr Joyce, calling for legislation to be signed that would stop the export trade.
Mr Pakula mentioned the pictures broadcast on 7:30 have been “revolting”.
This afternoon, Mr Fitzgibbon weighed in, accusing the Government of turning a blind eye to the export trade.
“The Government could move to make the passport program mandatory for all exporters, but Barnaby Joyce will not have a bar of it,” Mr Fitzgibbon stated.
The independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, nowadays said greyhound racing must be shut down.
“1st of all we saw earlier this year that the abhorrent practice of reside baiting was commonplace in the greyhound racing sector,” Mr Wilkie mentioned.
“And now we see revelations on ABC’s 7:30 last night that hundreds of dogs are being exported to Asia exactly where they have to reside the rest of their lives in appalling situations, all due to the fact they couldn’t run rapidly enough in Australia.
“Surely we now have all the proof we need that the greyhound racing business is cruel and have to be shut down instantly.
“The Federal Government wants to act. The Minister for Agriculture obviously has a keen interest in dogs and should shut down the greyhound business.
“If he will not do that, then he at least have to amend the Export Control Act to cease the export of greyhounds without having appropriate safeguards getting in location.”
Australia is a single of only a handful of countries that nevertheless permit greyhound racing. It has been banned in multiple nations and states, such as the US and most of Europe.
The ABC has confirmed 70 trainers and owners across Australia are now implicated in the exporting scandal, which includes 52 in NSW, eight in Victoria, nine in Queensland and one in Tasmania.
So far, only 1 state regulator, Greyhound Racing NSW, has announced an inquiry.
External Hyperlink: Greyhound Export declaration
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