‘I got it wrong’: Mike Baird on greyhound racing ban

The NSW greyhound industry will be given “one final chance” by the Baird government under a new regime being touted as “the strictest regulations that exist anywhere in the country”.
Nanjing Night Net

Premier Mike Baird declared “I got it wrong” while confirming he would back down on his original promise to close down the industry from July next year.

Instead, Mr Baird said the industry would need to sign up to mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and registering greyhounds for their entire lives.

A new independent regulator will be headed by former Labor premierMorris Iemma. There will be more resources for enforcement and prosecution and animal welfare.

“I got it wrong, we got it wrong, the cabinet got it wrong and the government got it wrong,” Mr Baird said.

Mr Baird said he knew a lot of people will be disappointed by the back down but said “we are listening”.

Greyhound racing ban backdown confirmed after cabinet meetingThe Baird government has confirmed a backdown of its ban on greyhound racing in NSW following a sustained campaign of media and industry pressure.

The dramatic backflipcomes despite Premier Mike Baird’s repeatedclaims that the decisionwas final and a matter of principle andit was”locked in” that the industry would be shutdown on July 1, 2017.

Mr Baird announced the ban earlier thisyear following a special commission of inquiry report that found 68,000 greyhounds had been euthanised in the past 12 yearsbecause they could not, or were too slow, to race.

But he hasfaced immense pressure from the Opposition, media outlets and the industrysince the announcement, withexpectations of a large swing against the government at the November 12 Orange byelection. Read on

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