The State Government has condemned the illegal and reprehensible practice of live-baiting for the training of greyhounds.
Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said he was disgusted by the barbaric practices and images presented on the Four Corners program last night (Monday, February 16).
"The State Government categorically condemns this practice. It does not reflect the standards expected within the greyhound industry or by the broader community," Mr Holt said.
The Minister said while he had not been presented with any evidence of live-baiting occurring in WA, he encouraged anyone with information to contact Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) and WA Police.
RWWA regulates all aspects of the greyhound industry through:
licensing requirements for all participants and premises where greyhounds are trained, kept or raced
registration of all greyhounds and greyhound breeding.
WA's greyhound industry is significantly smaller than other States with only three licensed tracks which enables a higher degree of supervision and regulation.
"It is unfortunate the actions of a minority of trainers has tainted the thousands of decent, hard-working people in WA's greyhound industry," Mr Holt said.
"My reassurance to the industry and to the public is that I will be doing everything in my power to ensure that reports of people engaging in such practices are thoroughly investigated and that where breaches are found they are penalised to the full extent of the law."
WA has the harshest penalties of any State in any matters concerning animal welfare or prohibited substances - the maximum penalty for cruelty to animals as set out in the Animal Welfare Act is $50,000 and five years' imprisonment."
Minister's office - 6552 6100