greyhoundA NYORA man is believed to be among 15 Victorian greyhound trainers to have their registration suspended following allegations of live baiting.
The suspensions come after an investigation by the RSPCA into the alleged activity at the Tooradin Trail Track.
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) recently said it learnt of the investigation on Wednesday, February 11 and on receiving further information from the Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna, the decision was made to suspend the registrations immediately.
A full investigation by GRV and the RSPCA is now underway in relation to what is a prohibited and criminal activity.
GRV chief executive Adam Wallish described the use of live baiting as disgusting.
“The use of live bait in the training of greyhounds is disgusting and has no place in our sport,” he said.
“Any persons engaged in live baiting can expect to be disqualified and prosecuted.
“We have zero tolerance for these individuals.
“In accordance with GRV’s Animal Welfare Penalty Guidelines, those responsible face a 10 year ban from the sport.
“Live baiting is also a criminal offence punishable under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and can attract a jail term of up to two-years and a fine of more than $30,000.”
The local man was one of 10 trainers named in an ABC Four Corners program two weeks ago, which showed footage of live baiting occurring.
Despite the program naming the alleged offenders, GRV is unable to officially name them.
GRV Integrity, Racing and Welfare general manager Glen Canty said there are complexities to the unprecedented investigation.
“We understand the public’s desire for swift action and are aware the Four Corners program names certain participants,” he said.
“Having regard for legal advice received we are unable, at this time, to confirm the persons who have had their registrations suspended.
“We have immediately suspended all the individuals identified from evidence provided to us and will work hard to identify others as more information comes to hand.
“It is our intention, as well as the demand of most people in the sport, to drive these rogue elements out. The investigation will take time because it is extremely important we follow due legal process.
“We want our charges to stick, and we want the RSPCA’s charged to stick.”