Madeleine Ogilvie has consistently made a hash of the racing portfolio, pretty much running on auto pilot while allowing the industry do as it pleases.
She hasn’t got a clue what’s going on.
And now she is stooping to a new low as arrangement between Tasracing and the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) are introduced which will sign the death warrant for potentially hundreds of innocent greyhounds.
Trainers have effectively been put in charge of the adoption program which creates a massive conflict of interest. This is what happens when you turn over animal rights and animal welfare to the racing industry.
For trainers and owners it is simple economics: if a dog isn’t racing and winning then it costs them money. It needs to be off the property as quickly as possible and the quickest means to achieve this end is to kill the dog.
Under new guidelines issued by Tasracing, trainers can make “difficult end-of-life decisions” and declare a dog “not suitable” for re-homing under GAP.
I call on the Minister to abandon her hands-off attitude and intervene to pull Tasracing back into line. Of course that won’t happen as we’ve seen time and time again that Ms Ogilvie just does what she’s told.
In that case, the Premier needs to act and replace her as racing minister, if he cares at all about animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty.