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Greyhound Inquiry Pressure Grows

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tags: Greyhound Racing, Live Baiting

The Tasmanian Greens have expressed their disappointment with the Labor Opposition, who are sounding weak and indecisive on the need to properly investigate animal welfare standards in the greyhound industry in Tasmania.

Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP said she was saddened to see Labor put their faith in an in-house review of animal welfare standards rather than express support for an independent investigation that protects whistle blowers.

"Labor Leader Bryan Green's comments supporting Racing Minister, Jeremy Rockliff's decision to establish a low-key, effectively in-house 'review' of animal welfare standards in the industry comes across as being willing to turn a blind eye to cruel practices in the greyhound racing industry," Ms O’Connor said.

“We note that the Premier has kept an open mind on our proposed Joint House Inquiry, so it is disappointing to see in contrast, Bryan Green’s knee-jerk rejection.  It is in the best interests of both the animals involved and a respected, viable racing industry for a comprehensive investigation to undertaken.”

"Members of Parliament have been flooded with hundreds emails from concerned Tasmanians revolted by the prospect of live baiting of greyhounds and slaughter of thousands of dogs across the country.” 

"As Members of Parliament, we have an ethical duty to respond meaningfully to those concerns.”

"I note that Betfair has donated to the Tasmanian Labor party in the past.” [1]

"The profits of industry and greyhound owners should never come before upholding animal welfare principles and the law.”

"The Greens will move to establish a joint House Inquiry into the greyhound racing industry when Parliament resumes in March. We hope that the old parties will see it as an opportunity to do the right thing." Ms O'Connor said.