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PREDE VIVE PER ALLENARE I GREYHOUNDS. UNO DEI TANTI ABUSI CONNESSI ALL’INDUSTRIA DEL RACING.

PREDE VIVE PER ALLENARE I GREYHOUNDS. UNO DEI TANTI ABUSI CONNESSI ALL’INDUSTRIA DEL RACING.

Prede vive per allenare i greyhound da corsa.  E’ una pratica usuale in Australia, secondo l’articolo del SIDNEY MORNING HERALD, pubblicato il 24 novembre

Gatti, galline, conigli, opossum, tutti privati di denti e artigli cosicché non possano ferire i cani, sono usati durante le sessioni di allenamento e uccise.  “Tutti gli animali che strillano, vanno bene”  ha scritto un membro del’industria in una testimonianza,  che compare nell’inchiesta parlamentare sul racing nel NSW(Nuovo Galles del Sud). L’uso di prede vive è solo uno, dei tanti abusi sugli animali connessi al greyhound racing. Fra questi, il doping dei cani e lo stermino in massa dei cuccioli indesiderati. Solo nel Nuovo Galles del Sud,  si parla di 6.000 cani uccisi ogni anno. Fairfax Media ha denunciato gara truccate, doping, riciclaggio di denaro e presunta attività criminale all’interno del settore, nonostante le riforme finalizzate a ripulire questo sport.

” E’ un’industria affamata di denaro. Si auto-regola, e questo fa si che sia facilmente oggetto di corruzione. I veri perdenti sono gli animali, i proprietari, gli allevatori e gli allenatori che fanno la cosa giusta”, ha detto il dottor Kaye.
E’ evidente, dalle accuse sentite finora, che l’industria sia diventata facile obiettivo del “crimine parzialmente organizzato, perché truccare le corse, anche facendo in modo che un cane favorito perda, è considerata una facile opportunità.”

Ha detto anche che la questione del reinserimento levrieri, una volta terminato la loro carriera agonistica, è un vero problema.
Solo un numero scandalosamente basso di levrieri trovano una nuova casa.
L’indagine ha evidenziato che i cani sono denutriti maltrattati e abbandonati. Jeroen van Kernebeek, il regista australiano che fa parte del gruppo Grey2K, ha affermato che sviluppare e far rispettare le norme per il benessere degli animali, dovrebbe essere una responsabilità del governo. ” Questo compito non dovrebbe mai essere lasciato all’industria, che ha un unico obiettivo: realizzare profitto dallo sfruttamento degli animali Ci sarà sempre un conflitto d’interesse. ”, ha detto.
Humane Society International ha anche chiesto una supervisione indipendente dicendo che senza di essa, le pratiche disumane ” non possono essere abbattute.”

Per saperne di più: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/vets-claim-live-animals-used-as-bait-to-train-greyhounds-20131123-2y2hg.html#ixzz2lVH9RkZv

“The illegal practice of allowing live animals to be killed by greyhounds as part of their racing training is still occurring in NSW, according to evidence that has been given at a parliamentary inquiry into the state of the industry.
Revelations about the barbaric activity have included details about the use of guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, kittens and possums which have had their claws and teeth removed so they can’t hurt the dogs, being used as ”bait” and being mauled to death in training sessions.
”I have been told ‘anything that squeals will do’,” an industry stakeholder whose identity has been suppressed said in a written submission to the upper house inquiry.
TV vet Dr Robert Zammit has backed up the claims in his evidence before the inquiry and RSPCA NSW chief inspector David O’Shannessy said they had also received anonymous complaints but so far they had been unable to substantiate the claims. He encouraged people to come forward with information.

The so-called live kill allegations are among numerous animal welfare issues including the doping of dogs and the mass killing of unwanted puppies that has been dubbed ”Australia’s dirty little secret” in one of the more than 400 submissions that have been received so far.
Greyhound Racing NSW officials estimate that 3000 unwanted dogs a year are killed. But other estimates are as high as 6000.
Greens MP Dr John Kaye successfully moved to set up the inquiry to scrutinise allegations of industry mismanagement, inappropriate distribution of TAB funds and widespread mistreatment of dogs in the state’s $144 million-a-year industry.

Fairfax Media last year exposed allegations of race-fixing, drug use, money laundering and alleged criminal activity within the industry, despite reforms that had been aimed at cleaning up the sport. Stakeholders have raised concerns that it has returned to its murky past because of poor transparency and independent oversight and the privatisation of the industry.
”It is an industry that is starved of cash. It is self regulated and because of that is an attractive target for corruption pressures. The real losers are the animals, the owners, breeders and trainers who do the right thing,” said Dr Kaye.
He said it had become apparent from the allegations heard so far, that the industry had been targeted by ”partly organised” crime because it was seen as an easy opportunity to fix races in several ways, including getting dogs to lose.
He said the issue of rehoming greyhounds once they had finished their racing career was a problem with only a ”scandalously low” number being found a new home.
The inquiry has also heard that dogs have been mistreated, starved and dumped. In a recent case, two dogs with tattoos showing they were registered to breeders and trainers or owners on Greyhound Racing NSW’s database were dumped at Wagga Wagga.
Jeroen van Kernebeek, the Australian director of greyhound advocacy group Grey2K, said the responsibility for developing and enforcing standards for the welfare of animals should be with the government. ”This should never be left to an industry that has a primary focus to make a profit from the use of animals as there will always be a conflict of interest,” he said.
Humane Society International also called for independent oversight saying that without it, the ”inhumane practices” cannot be stamped out.
Do you know more? Email n.obrien@fairfaxmedia.com.au”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/vets-claim-live-animals-used-as-bait-to-train-greyhounds-20131123-2y2hg.html#ixzz2lVH9RkZv

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