Greyhound trainers across the Central West have been left hanging on tenterhooks waiting to see if Premier Mike Baird’s racing ban is overturned.
Trainers were hoping for a vote to stop the greyhound racing ban after 35,000 people converged on Sydney to present a petition last week.
Cudal greyhound trainer Amanda Ginn said the ban on racing was a “heavy-handed” and would only cost regional NSW.
“My 18-year-old son will probably be out of a job because he works for greyhound trainers, since he left school, he’s never had to rely on government money and there’s plenty more like that,” Miss Ginn said.
She said after the live-baiting scandal was revealed, greyhound trainers complied with all the new regulations put forward by Greyhound Racing NSW.
“Greyhound people followed every single rule at the cost of thousands of dollars, but how can they say that there was no change?” she asked.
“Everyone got on-board and everybody wanted the best for their dogs.”
Miss Ginn said the assets held by greyhound trainers and racers were made worthless by the government’s proposed ban and said it meant a new trailer valued at $10,000 was not worth the money.
She said there were so many questions over what would happen if the ban went through.
Orange’s Fiona Mitchell owns a greyhound rescued from a pound and supported the ban on racing.
She said the problems around doping animals, live baiting and a large number of animals killed were problems.
“The poor dogs are the ones which need help. There are trainers doing the right thing, and there are others who are doing the wrong thing,” Ms Mitchell said.
She said there was a big impact with the ban but believed there were parts of the industry which needed to be cleaned up.
“They breed so many dogs to get a winner and they destroy the one which don’t do well,” Ms Mitchell said.
Her greyhound rescued from West Wyalong and she surprised more people didn’t have them as pets.
“There’s no easy way to improve the industry, when there’s money involved it can make it very difficult,” she said.
“It’s too big a problem to leave it be.”