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Inquiry probes dog welfare in NSW greyhound industry
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 09:41:10 AM »
Inquiry probes dog welfare in NSW greyhound industry 


    Greyhounds burst out of the starting gates. height=227 Photo: Greens MP John Kaye says 17,000 greyhounds are killed each year. (AFP: Robyn Beck, file photo)
An inquiry will today begin investigating allegations of animal abuse and mismanagement within the New South Wales greyhound racing industry.

A cross-party committee of MPs from the state's Upper House has been set up to investigate the financial relationship between the industry and the TAB, as well as allegations of poor governance.

Greyhound racing wagers make up 20 per cent of bets placed with the TAB, but the industry receives just 12 per cent of the money raised.

Greens MP John Kaye moved the motion to set up the committee.

He says it is time a spotlight was shone on greyhound racing.

"This is an industry that a lot of people enjoy, but behind it lies a terrible toll on the dogs, real question marks about the funding of the industry and real question marks about an industry body that is both the regulatory agency and also charged with promoting the industry," Dr Kaye said.

"Something like 17,000 dogs are put to death each year in the industry and there seems to be a massive toll of animals injured."

The committee's first public hearing is being held today at Penrith in Sydney's west.

The inquiry is expected to report its findings early next year.