Greyhound Trainers Banned For Baiting Dogs With Live Possums
Three greyhound trainers have been suspended by Victoria's racing industry body for baiting their dogs with live possums.
The marsupials were used to spark the dogs' desire to chase, initiating a new live-baiting scandal, The Herald Sun reports.
Greyhound Racing Victoria has confirmed three trainers have been suspended and barred from entering any greyhound property or club.
"We have suspended three - we've actually found those people who we think have been doing the wrong thing and we are in the process of investigating the matter," chief executive officer Alan Clayton told ABC radio.
"Most greyhound trainers are actually doing the right thing and they're using synthetic lures."
The trainers have been stood down, with charges pending.
"We are now a capable body, capable of regulating the industry. We have been to 100 per cent of the properties and the culture in the industry has dramatically changed from when I started," Clayton said.
"We've promoted an ethical industry, we've increased our capability integrity and animal welfare. We have worked really hard at the welfare of the dog."
In 2015, the Victorian greyhound industry suspended 17 trainers over a live-baiting scandal that rocked the sport across Australia.
The industry body has since invested more than $30 million on measures to promote integrity in the industry.
Opposition leader Michael O'Brien said the idea that live animals would be used as bait for training greyhounds was "just appalling" and the industry needed to be cleaned up.
"We need to make sure that this sort of conduct cannot happen and that anybody associated with it should be banned for life from the industry," he told reporters on Wednesday.