A number of concerned members of our community have contacted my office regarding a recently aired episode of Four Corners titled ‘Making a Killing’ which exposed the practice of live‑baiting in the greyhound racing industry. The footage depicted greyhound trainers interstate using live-bait to lure greyhounds around trial tracks.
Whilst there has been no evidence of live-baiting in South Australia, the Government has made it very clear to the Greyhound racing industry that live-baiting will not be tolerated. The RSPCA and Greyhound Racing SA both strongly condemn this practice and rightly consider that it has no place in the sport.
The practice of live-baiting is not only inhumane and in total contravention of the rules of racing, but would also be illegal under section (13)(3)(f) of the Animal Welfare Act 1985, punishable by penalties of up to $50,000 or four (4) years imprisonment.
The South Australian Government is working with the RSPCA and Greyhound Racing SA to identify additional measures to make sure live-baiting does not occur in South Australia.
These abhorrent acts have no place in a civilised society and we are taking steps to make sure the shocking incidents that came to light last week are not repeated here.
If you are aware of live-baiting in South Australia I urge you to contact the RSPCA on 1300 477 722 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you would like to discuss this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office.