RSPCA Tasmania says it is ‘sidelined’ in animal welfare investigations in racing industries | The Examiner


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The RSPCA Tasmania says it is repeatedly “sidelined” from investigating animal welfare issues in the racing industry and believes there is still a lack of tracing “from cradle to the grave of the animals. The organization has requested increased funding to add to its 4.5 inspectors for the state, which it says limits its ability to conduct proactive animal welfare investigations. These inspectors are funded by the RSPCA’s own fundraising activities. In a submission to the state government’s review of the Racing Regulation Act, RSPCA Tasmania chief executive Jan Davis said the non-binding agreements with the Office of Racing Integrity weren’t working. READ MORE: Ravenswood resident fed up with hoon’s behavior ‘Under current animal welfare legislation the RSPCA has jurisdiction over animal welfare offenses in the pet food industry However, current practice is for ORI staff to investigate breaches of welfare legislation,” she said. . “This situation is the result of long-standing non-binding agreements between the parties which have seen the RSPCA effectively barred from any investigation into welfare issues in the racing industry. “Under these agreements, the ORI may invite the RSPCA to participate in an investigation. However, in the past [this] happened only rarely (if at all). READ MORE: Seven schools in Tasmania are experiencing COVID outbreaks so he has ‘no connection or link to the business side of the industry’. The RSPCA and ORI are carrying out a joint animal welfare investigation into the state’s leading greyhound trainer, Anthony Bullock of Exeter, but it has since emerged the ORI has been regularly renewing his trainer’s license public despite not having a kennel license – one of the key criteria. The investigation was due to be completed by the New Year, and Mr Bullock continued to enter races and claim prizes. Connor has written to Racing Minister Jane Howlett regarding the level of compliance being carried out by ORI. “We are concerned that ORI appears to have been complicit in questionable conduct for the benefit of industry participants,” Ms. O’Connor wrote. compliance with standards and regulations, ORI’s negligence in ensuring that its requirements are met is of serious concern.” Mr Bullock has applied for a kennel license with West Tamar Council and has not yet submitted a development application for a shed on his property, which Mayor Christina Holmdahl said could hold other greyhounds. The shed was built without council approval. Tasracing introduced new rules in 2020 requiring that ” “every reasonable effort” should be made to avoid euthanizing retired greyhounds, including an injury reimbursement program of $3,000 for initial treatment. Racing Minister Jane Howlett said the review of the law on the reg racing legislation – led by Dr Dale Monteith – would recommend a “best model” for animal welfare, as stated in the terms of reference. She said more information sharing between the ORI and councils was being considered. READ MORE: Newnham man fined for using listening device ‘Responsibility for the administration of the Control of Dogs Act 2000 rests with the local authorities concerned,’ Ms Howlett said. “Incremental changes have been made to licensing requirements over the past few years to capture information relating to Dog Control Act 2000 kennel licensing compliance. “The Race Director is currently considering options for sharing information relating to the regulatory functions of each council.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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