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Sat Jul 16, 2016, 06:47 PM

Will Australia's greyhound industry be put down?

Source: BBC

Will Australia's greyhound industry be put down?

15 July 2016 Australia

Australia's most populous state will ban greyhound racing after a report identified widespread abuse of animals. But breeders say politicians are opportunistically destroying their industry, writes Trevor Marshallsea.

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Greyhound racing in Australia's most populous state is set to go the way of bear baiting and cock fighting - a sport deemed by authorities simply too distasteful to continue.

After a damning television report into the state of the greyhound industry, a retired judge to lead to a special commission, which released its conclusions in early July. His conclusions were damning.

The report found that up to 20% of trainers engaged in live baiting, training dogs by letting them chase conscious small animals. It said at least half of all greyhounds bred to race - as many as 68,000 over 12 years - were destroyed for being "uncompetitive".

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-36793220

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