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Commissioner announces review

The Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sal Perna, today announced he would conduct an Own Motion Inquiry into the live baiting allegations that were aired on the ABC Four Corners program last night.

He said the inquiry would help to ensure the integrity of the racing industry.

“Like anyone else who has seen the footage, I was sickened and angry at what I saw. This inquiry aims to examine a broad range of issues, including those specifically referred to me by the Minister and Greyhound Racing Victoria; governance issues; and with the aim to identify potential systemic integrity issues across greyhound racing”.

“I will also be working with the RSPCA and Victoria Police regarding the cruelty aspects and criminal matters.”

“Today I am announcing an Own Motion Inquiry to determine the nature and extent of issues concerning the practice of live baiting in Victoria and I call on anyone with information regarding live baiting practices to come forward. Information can be provided anonymously,” he said.

"I have discussed this matter with the Minister for Racing and decided that the best course of action is to undertake an independent Own Motion Inquiry”

“I hold the racing industry in high regard and questions over the integrity of racing must not be left unanswered.”

Mr Perna said the inquiry has already commenced. Findings and recommendations will follow.

The role of the Racing Integrity Commissioner was created in 2010 and provides independent oversight of integrity matters across the three codes which comprise the Victorian Racing Industry.

To contact the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner, please call 8684 7776, fax 8684 7778 or email enquiries@racingintegrity.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, contact the Racing Integrity Hotline on 1300 227 225.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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