4 September 2017
NSW Greens MP and Spokesperson for Animal Welfare, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has said that the appointment of a former racing official to head the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission gives her no confidence that the significant animal welfare issues in greyhound racing will be stopped.
The NSW Government has announced that Alan Brown (former chairman of Racing NSW) has been announced as the Chief Commissioner. The other commissioners include Clare Petre, former NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman, and John Keniry, a former NSW Natural Resources Commissioner.
Dr. Faruqi said:
“It doesn’t give me much confidence that not a single commissioner appointed has experience and expertise in animal welfare . It is pretty clear to me that this is a signal that the commission’s role is to facilitate racing, not protect greyhounds.
“This Commission has no teeth and the Government blocked the Greens amendments that would have legislated animal welfare standards. Instead we are to rely on a ‘code of practice’ that still hasn’t been developed and that can be changed at any time.
“The lengths the Government is going to in order to prop up this gambling industry is extraordinary, now with $41 million of public money going to greyhound racing.
“No matter what window dressing the Government puts on greyhound racing, there will still be animal cruelty and hundreds of dogs killed each year for the sake of a bet. The only sensible option is to follow the recommendations of the Special Commission of Inquiry and shut it down”, she concluded.