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Parton gets smackdown on greyhounds from Ramsay

By Tim Benson - 12 April 2018 7
Greyhounds racing (stock image).

Dogs continue to be euthanised at the Symonston track, says Gordon Ramsay.

Mark Parton, Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing, yesterday (Wednesday) received a decisive ‘smackdown’ from Gordon Ramsay, Attorney-General and Minister for Regulatory Services.

Mr Parton, Liberal MLA for Brindabella, the poor man’s ‘would you like steak knives with that?’ local politician and greyhound enthusiast, shot himself in the foot while attempting to remain in the spotlight yesterday.

Mr Parton moved a motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly condemning the Government over issues relating to greyhound racing, including the sale of ACTTAB, and the ‘hypocrisy’ of the Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury and the Government for ‘continuing to derive revenue from greyhound racing’…

Hang on, doesn’t this bloke support the greyhound industry?

Mr Parton’s motion was successfully amended by the Assembly to replace everything after ‘That this Assembly …’ with a motion including the following:

(3) congratulates the ACT Government for taking strong action to ban greyhound racing in the ACT following:

(a) the revelations of widespread animal cruelty outlined in the McHugh Report; and

(b) the inextricable links between the New South Wales industry and the ACT industry identified in the Durkin Report; and

(4) calls on the Government to continue working to improve the welfare of greyhounds in the ACT through the transition period, including by supporting local animal welfare organisations as necessary.

But in addition to this, Mr Ramsay took the opportunity to undertake a complete ‘smackdown’ of Mr Parton.

Mr Ramsay said in the Assembly, “It’s tough for him (Mr Parton) to argue that the greyhound racing industry in Canberra has an impeccable animal welfare record when dogs continue to be euthanised at the Symonston track as a result of this activity.”

He documented four additional dogs that had been euthanised at the Symonston track since 28 January:

Quadzilla was euthanised at the track for an offside tarsal fracture.

Antique Kerry was euthanised at the track for a number of leg fractures.

Hilda’s Rose euthanised at the track for fractures.

Kenny’s Shadow euthanised at the track for fractures.

“The routine putting down of otherwise healthy animals which have been injured while providing entertainment for a handful of people is not, to quote Mr Parton and the interests he lobbies for, beyond all reason, a ‘perfect animal welfare record’,” Mr Ramsay said.

Mr Ramsay then went on to restate his comments about doping practices in the greyhound racing industry.

“I have pointed out before in this place that the four-time and most recent winner of Canberra Greyhound Racing Cup has been disqualified from racing three times since 2005 over the discovery of prohibited substances in her greyhounds, including cocaine,” Mr Ramsay said.

He also said that the same trainer was also one of 178 trainers who had been charged by Greyhound Racing NSW with ‘the alleged unauthorised export of dogs to Macau, where healthy Australian dogs are kept in appalling conditions and use for barbaric entertainment’.

Oh dear, that didn’t quite go as Mr Parton had planned.

The ACT Government’s ban on greyhound racing comes into effect on 30 April 2018.

Are you sick to death of hearing about opposition to the ‘greyhound racing ban’ or do you believe there is a place for greyhound racing in the ACT?

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twiggy6 11:38 am 14 Apr 18

Hang on you missed the part where Ramsay made up claims of a dog being dead when it wasn’t… Parton is on the money here, the government is full of hypocrites and they get away with it because numpties like you normalize their double standards

Trevor Hagney 6:57 pm 13 Apr 18

Is Ramsay for real? “An otherwise healthy dog”. It was running at 70kph, unfortunately fell and suffered multiple fractures to its leg. The same as if it were hit by a car at 70kph. But it was “otherwise healthy”.
Minority governments who get into bed with the greens to keep their taxpayer funded salaries will continue to make ridiculous comments like this. Problem is, we are getting SICK of this rhetoric. Watch out for the backlash Ramsay.

Dorlene Tony A Haidar 5:53 pm 13 Apr 18

Shut this disgusting animal abusing industry down nation wide. There is only 6 countries left in the world that allow this. Usa remaining 4 states that allow this are also being shut down.. massive rally anti greyhound racing tomorrow in Sydney at sydney park across from st peters staion. Starts 10am..

It’s horrible what this industry does to those dogs. They put down slow dogs and only a few get adopted. Then there is drugging and inject these poor gentle souls with alcohol.

It must be stopped ASAP

Dorlene Tony A Haidar 5:49 pm 13 Apr 18

Shut this disgusting animal abusing industry down nation wide. There is only 6 countries left in the world that allow this. Usa remaining 4 states that allow this are also being shut down.. massive rally anti greyhound racing tomorrow in Sydney at sydney park across from st peters staion. Starts 10am..

Shanski_0 11:48 am 13 Apr 18

I work with a lady who rescues ex racing Greyhounds. She is over the moon about this ban. She has had 30 dogs from the race tracks though and they have all had mental damage, some have been beaten, others are unsure of how to act when they are not locked in a cage. Her stories are heartbreaking. I 100% agree with this ban. I hope Horse racing is next.

Mark Parton MLA 6:09 pm 12 Apr 18

The response we got from the Minister was pretty much as we expected. He’s grabbing at straws. The death rate for greyhounds at the Canberra track is about one per thousand. There would be very few rigorous animal activities, whether they be organised and regulated or organic that would have a lower death rate.

The Australian Veterinary Association has stated that it believes the ban will have adverse animal welfare outcomes for greyhounds because greyhounds love to race.

I have asked the Minister in the chamber to detail every single animal welfare breach either by or at the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club over the last 39 years and he has stated for the record that there have been no breaches. If the Minister believes that the incidents he referred to were animal welfare breaches then he should refer them to Access Canberra but he has not done so.

In his speech the Minister inferred that a greyhound called Vast had been put down after a race fall on Sunday night here in Canberra. I posted video today of Vast frolicking around chasing a ball in his yard, happy and uninjured.

ACT Labor is the only branch of this party not supporting greyhound racing. If all legal avenues are exhausted then a new track will be built in Queanbeyan and nothing will have been achieved.

    ken robertson 10:46 pm 17 Apr 18

    Well Mr Parton I think I’d have to disagree with you. “The Australian Veterinary Association has stated that it believes the ban will have adverse animal welfare outcomes for greyhounds because greyhounds love to race.”

    Let’s dig a little further.
    One single vet, Dr Tim Maher, made such a claim, and he’s employed as a Greyhound Racing vet. There may be some bias in play here.

    “Greyhounds love to race” – really? Greyhounds are trained to race (sometimes by utilising unorthodox methods) but they love to run, very briefly, like littlle kids playing in a park, not like Usain Bolt competing in a championship. Similarly dogs and kids don’t recognise “the win”, just the exhilaration of the run with friends. Usain does of course recognise the win – that’s his job and how he earns his income.

    “The death rate for greyhounds at the Canberra track is about one per thousand.” Per thousand what? Don’t say races, because one dog can run in multiple races. How about quoting the deaths per dog raced?

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