Reforms or extinction an easy decision

PARTY TIME: Greyhound breeders, owners, trainers and supporters celebrate NSW Premier Mike Baird’s decision on Tuesday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
Nanjing Night Net

ORANGE’S greyhound owners, trainers and breeders pledged to preservetheir industry by adhering to stricter rules and regulations after NSW Premier Mike Baird repealed his controversial ban on racing.

Mr Baird on Tuesday scrapped his Government’splans to abolishracing in the state on July 1 next year, instead granting greyhound stakeholders what he termed ‘one last chance’ to regulate themselves and rub out all traces of animal cruelty.

The Premier’s conditions –to be refined by a Greyhound Industry Reform Panel chaired by former premier Morris Iemma –will likely include a reduction in the number of tracks, a bond on every dog bred, birth-to-death registering requirements and mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for those found guilty of live baiting.

David Pringle, who breeds 30 pups per year at his Clergate property, believes the reforms will cause only “a little suffering” for those whose livelihoods are tied to the state’s 34 tracks.

“The authorities have already been reforming greyhound racing for the past 18 months,” Mr Pringle said, noting breeding had been halved in that period.

“I’m sure everybody in the industry will work with what we’ve been given.”

The exception, according to Mr Pringle, was the mooted $1500 bond on all pups, which would financially cripple breeders and “shut down the industry” if instituted.

Colin Miller, who hasowned, trained and bred greyhoundsfor 40 years, said Tuesday’s decisionvindicated the industry’s three-month fight.

“They thought we were just going to roll over and take it but we showed them,” Mr Miller said.

“There was a lot at stake and we were always going to fight it.”

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