Statement from Kristie Johnston MP;

Finally we have some action!

I welcome the news that notorious and lead greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock has been suspended pending the outcome of investigations into serious animal welfare allegations.

I, along with many other animal welfare advocates, have been calling out Mr Bullock’s appalling animal welfare standards and disregard for the rules of racing for a long time and it has to date fallen on deaf ears.

Despite the claims that his property is regularly inspected it took brave animal welfare advocates to release drone footage of the actual conditions on his property for action to be taken but it is better late than never.

These poor animals have been kept in the most appalling conditions and the industry, ORI and the Government have allowed it to happen on their watch.

The question remains however will the animals remain in his care and what action will be taken to immediately provide them with the appropriate standard of care. After the footage of the animals and their condition was made public it is my firm view that the community’s expectation is that the animals be removed from his care and looked after properly.

I will be following this up with the Minister, the Office of Racing Integrity, and the RSPCA as a matter of urgency.

Finally I remind the community that these tragic circumstances these animals find themselves in is because we allow greyhound racing to continue. There are hundreds of dogs that need rescuing and call on those able to open their homes and couches to these beautiful dogs who deserve so much better in life.

Despite the claims that his property is regularly inspected it took brave animal welfare advocates to release drone footage of the actual conditions on his property for action to be taken but it is better late than never.

These poor animals have been kept in the most appalling conditions and the industry, ORI and the Government have allowed it to happen on their watch.

The question remains however will the animals remain in his care and what action will be taken to immediately provide them with the appropriate standard of care. After the footage of the animals and their condition was made public it is my firm view that the community’s expectation is that the animals be removed from his care and looked after properly.

I will be following this up with the Minister, the Office of Racing Integrity, and the RSPCA as a matter of urgency.

Finally I remind the community that these tragic circumstances these animals find themselves in is because we allow greyhound racing to continue. There are hundreds of dogs that need rescuing and call on those able to open their homes and couches to these beautiful dogs who deserve so much better in life.

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