Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) has immediately suspended the registration of the Tooradin Trial Track and the registration of 10 persons for alleged live baiting offences at that facility.
GRV learnt Wednesday afternoon of an investigation by the RSPCA into the Tooradin Trial Track.
Following formal receipt of further information today from the Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna, and in accordance with information received from the RSPCA today, the decision was made by the GRV Board to suspend these registrations immediately.
Full investigations by GRV and the RSPCA are underway in relation to this prohibited, criminal activity.
The evidence presented, which relates to a private facility at Tooradin, shows individuals involved in live baiting.
“The use of live bait in the training of greyhounds is disgusting and has no place in our sport. Any person engaged in live baiting can expect to be disqualified and prosecuted. We have zero tolerance for these individuals,” GRV Chief Executive Adam Wallish said.
“In accordance with GRV’s Animal Welfare Penalty Guidelines those responsible face a 10 year ban from the sport. Live baiting is also a criminal offence punishable under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA) and can attract a jail term of up to two-years and a fine of more than $30,000,” he said.
“GRV takes matters of animal cruelty extremely seriously. Allegations of live-baiting are extremely disappointing and GRV supports the RSPCA and Victoria Police’s efforts to investigate any wrong-doing within the sport of greyhound racing.”
GRV does not believe this practice is widespread among Victorian facilities. Anybody with any information regarding such practices is encouraged to contact GRV or the RSPCA immediately.