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11-10-2016, 02:22 PM
Australian Democracy... Death Throes Today?
NOTE: This won't be of much interest to our US members.


This is probably of interest mainly to Aussies, but I'm so disgusted by the current turn of events in our greyhound racing "industry" that I felt compelled—as a supporter of animal rights—to voice my disbelief and outrage at the increased, and obvious, influence on Australian political practices and legislation, both at State and Federal levels, by the corporatist lobby.

For a brief rundown: Greyhound racing has for a century been staged in all states—until relatively recently when it's been banned progressively by most of them in line with current societal expectations for the rights of animals at all levels. The only states where it's now legal are NSW under its Premier Mike Baird, and Victoria (my home state). Greyhound racing has been found to be committing a plethora of illegal and brutal activities involving both the dogs and the live baits used in training. Yes, live baits. Possums, piglets, puppies, rabbits, kittens etc.

And even if you could re-home the thousands of greyhound pups whelped each year that aren’t deemed good enough to run, if you could somehow delete from the industry the hundreds of trainers and owners who brutalise dogs and torture animals via live baiting, that doesn’t change the inherent cruelty of the sport. Dogs get injured, disabled and killed while racing and training, just like horses. Their spines snap, their legs break, their skulls crack. Then they’re put down—or if they’re "lucky", face a lifetime of disability and pain.

That’s how greyhound racing works. That’s what will continue no matter what so-called "best practice" or other bureaucratic drivel is put in place, no matter how much greyhound abusers say they "love their dogs" and the absurd claim that "the dogs love to run". This is an industry that, even more than horse racing, has abuse and death at its very heart. There’s no proactively safeguarding that away.

Anyway, according to a poll last weekend across NSW, 64% of respondents wanted greyhound racing banned in that state. And a couple of months ago, in an Australia-wide poll of 22,000 people, 82% were in favour of completely shutting down the industry.

So... in steps the execrable Mr Rupert Murdoch, who—what a surprise!—has just sunk millions of dollars into an Aussie on-line gambling site that will of course, encompass greyhound racing. Who’d a thunk it? Murdoch, as everyone knows, owns the American mass media company News Corp (after renouncing his Australian citizenship in order to do so). And News Corp (News Ltd) publishes one of Sydney NSW's highest circulating daily tabloids, 'The Daily Telegraph' (often viewed as Australia's least-trusted major newspaper).

He also controls Australian Associated Press (AAP), plus our only national newspaper 'The Australian', 14 states-wide newspapers, and 136 regional newspapers across Australia. (Our US friends will also know Murdoch owns the 'New York Post' and the 'Wall Street Journal', amongst many others.)

Most (all?) Aussies regard the amoral Rupert Murdoch as a complete cunt, totally lacking any social conscience or ethics, happy to break media laws as he likes, influencing politicians, bribing individual journalists, promoting on-line wagering, destroying anybody who publicly opposes him, illegally tapping phones for a decade, and enforcing all sorts of nefarious "back-room" deals.

This is the slimebucket I'm talking about...

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There's a report by a former greyhound racing vet here: 'The Tail Had Been Torn Off': Greyhound Racing Insider Lifts Lid on Animal Cruelty

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11-10-2016, 02:33 PM
RE: Australian Democracy... Death Throes Today?
(11-10-2016 02:22 PM)SYZ Wrote:  NOTE: This won't be of much interest to our US members.


This is probably of interest mainly to Aussies, but I'm so disgusted by the current turn of events in our greyhound racing "industry" that I felt compelled—as a supporter of animal rights—to voice my disbelief and outrage at the increased, and obvious, influence on Australian political practices and legislation, both at State and Federal levels, by the corporatist lobby.

For a brief rundown: Greyhound racing has for a century been staged in all states—until relatively recently when it's been banned progressively by most of them in line with current societal expectations for the rights of animals at all levels. The only states where it's now legal are NSW under its Premier Mike Baird, and Victoria (my home state). Greyhound racing has been found to be committing a plethora of illegal and brutal activities involving both the dogs and the live baits used in training. Yes, live baits. Possums, piglets, puppies, rabbits, kittens etc.

And even if you could re-home the thousands of greyhound pups whelped each year that aren’t deemed good enough to run, if you could somehow delete from the industry the hundreds of trainers and owners who brutalise dogs and torture animals via live baiting, that doesn’t change the inherent cruelty of the sport. Dogs get injured, disabled and killed while racing and training, just like horses. Their spines snap, their legs break, their skulls crack. Then they’re put down—or if they’re "lucky", face a lifetime of disability and pain.

That’s how greyhound racing works. That’s what will continue no matter what so-called "best practice" or other bureaucratic drivel is put in place, no matter how much greyhound abusers say they "love their dogs" and the absurd claim that "the dogs love to run". This is an industry that, even more than horse racing, has abuse and death at its very heart. There’s no proactively safeguarding that away.

Anyway, according to a poll last weekend across NSW, 64% of respondents wanted greyhound racing banned in that state. And a couple of months ago, in an Australia-wide poll of 22,000 people, 82% were in favour of completely shutting down the industry.

So... in steps the execrable Mr Rupert Murdoch, who—what a surprise!—has just sunk millions of dollars into an Aussie on-line gambling site that will of course, encompass greyhound racing. Who’d a thunk it? Murdoch, as everyone knows, owns the American mass media company News Corp (after renouncing his Australian citizenship in order to do so). And News Corp (News Ltd) publishes one of Sydney NSW's highest circulating daily tabloids, 'The Daily Telegraph' (often viewed as Australia's least-trusted major newspaper).

He also controls Australian Associated Press (AAP), plus our only national newspaper 'The Australian', 14 states-wide newspapers, and 136 regional newspapers across Australia. (Our US friends will also know Murdoch owns the 'New York Post' and the 'Wall Street Journal', amongst many others.)

Most (all?) Aussies regard the amoral Rupert Murdoch as a complete cunt, totally lacking any social conscience or ethics, happy to break media laws as he likes, influencing politicians, bribing individual journalists, promoting on-line wagering, destroying anybody who publicly opposes him, illegally tapping phones for a decade, and enforcing all sorts of nefarious "back-room" deals.

This is the slimebucket I'm talking about...

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There's a report by a former greyhound racing vet here: 'The Tail Had Been Torn Off': Greyhound Racing Insider Lifts Lid on Animal Cruelty

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You seem to have left off the part where your democracy is being threatened. In fact the story you linked had after it several related articles saying NSW Baird government was shutting down Greyhound racing. As seen here Everyone knows Murdoch is living human trash but I fail to see the correlation between him owning several print media (a dying industry) and the Greyhound racing continued existence in Australia.

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11-10-2016, 02:59 PM
RE: Australian Democracy... Death Throes Today?
They voted to ban dog racing in my state (Massachusetts), and it passed by a relatively small margin. It surprised me that people were defending the practice citing how well-cared for the dogs are, saying it doesn't hurt anyone, etc. I can think of a thousand other ways I would rather be entertained.

And you just need to speak with people who adopt retired greyhounds to find out how much racing has hurt their dog physically, and will continue to do so until the dog dies.

It's not a victimless 'sport' as so many proponents claim. I hope something can be done Sad
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11-10-2016, 03:53 PM
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Greyhound --

The OTHER white meat........


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11-10-2016, 04:27 PM
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(11-10-2016 02:22 PM)SYZ Wrote:  So... in steps the execrable Mr Rupert Murdoch, who—what a surprise!—has just sunk millions of dollars into an Aussie on-line gambling site that will of course, encompass greyhound racing. Sad

Which site is this?

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11-10-2016, 04:27 PM
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(11-10-2016 02:59 PM)ShadowProject Wrote:  They voted to ban dog racing in my state (Massachusetts), and it passed by a relatively small margin. It surprised me that people were defending the practice citing how well-cared for the dogs are, saying it doesn't hurt anyone, etc. I can think of a thousand other ways I would rather be entertained.

And you just need to speak with people who adopt retired greyhounds to find out how much racing has hurt their dog physically, and will continue to do so until the dog dies.

It's not a victimless 'sport' as so many proponents claim. I hope something can be done Sad

The ad campaign against shutting down was full of half-truths and appeals to emotion.

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11-10-2016, 06:48 PM
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(11-10-2016 02:33 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  You seem to have left off the part where your democracy is being threatened. In fact the story you linked had after it several related articles saying NSW Baird government was shutting down Greyhound racing. [...]

Uh... the point I was trying to make was that Murdoch had directly influenced Premier Baird's proposed legislation by a consistent and greyhound industry-backed barrage of anti-banning editorialising by his major Sydney daily (circulation 310,000) The Daily Telegraph—which as I said is viewed as Australia's least-trusted major newspaper (25% of readers have no trust at all in what they read in it LOL).

As reported in the media two days ago:

Quote:"The purchase of a major punting website by News Corp could be behind The Daily Telegraph’s campaign against the Baird government’s greyhound racing ban, as the paper confidently predicts Mike Baird is about to cave in and allow the industry to continue, delivering the company more revenue and commercial opportunities.

The company last week revealed it had acquired punters.com.au, without disclosing the price. Described as about "making racing more awesome", punters.com.au offers racing news, tips and a form guide on different kinds of animal racing, including greyhound racing. According to marketing blog 'Mumbrella', in July former Telegraph manager Simon Anderson was appointed to head a gambling division within News Corp as part of a major move into wagering.

The company is currently struggling to deal with collapsing print revenues and the slow death of its Foxtel subscription television service. According to News Corp execs quoted by 'Mumbrella', the company is explicitly seeking to leverage its animal racing reportage both to gain more revenue from readers and sell access to its readership to wagering clients."

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11-10-2016, 07:15 PM
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(11-10-2016 03:53 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  Greyhound --
The OTHER white meat........
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11-10-2016, 07:25 PM
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(11-10-2016 06:48 PM)SYZ Wrote:  
(11-10-2016 02:33 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  You seem to have left off the part where your democracy is being threatened. In fact the story you linked had after it several related articles saying NSW Baird government was shutting down Greyhound racing. [...]

Uh... the point I was trying to make was that Murdoch had directly influenced Premier Baird's proposed legislation by a consistent and greyhound industry-backed barrage of anti-banning editorialising by his major Sydney daily (circulation 310,000) The Daily Telegraph—which as I said is viewed as Australia's least-trusted major newspaper (25% of readers have no trust at all in what they read in it LOL).

As reported in the media two days ago:

Quote:"The purchase of a major punting website by News Corp could be behind The Daily Telegraph’s campaign against the Baird government’s greyhound racing ban, as the paper confidently predicts Mike Baird is about to cave in and allow the industry to continue, delivering the company more revenue and commercial opportunities.

The company last week revealed it had acquired punters.com.au, without disclosing the price. Described as about "making racing more awesome", punters.com.au offers racing news, tips and a form guide on different kinds of animal racing, including greyhound racing. According to marketing blog 'Mumbrella', in July former Telegraph manager Simon Anderson was appointed to head a gambling division within News Corp as part of a major move into wagering.

The company is currently struggling to deal with collapsing print revenues and the slow death of its Foxtel subscription television service. According to News Corp execs quoted by 'Mumbrella', the company is explicitly seeking to leverage its animal racing reportage both to gain more revenue from readers and sell access to its readership to wagering clients."

I thought that Australia had some very strict laws regarding online gambling?

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11-10-2016, 08:45 PM
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(11-10-2016 07:25 PM)Dom Wrote:  I thought that Australia had some very strict laws regarding online gambling?

Unfortunately no...

https://www.onlinecasino.com.au/online-gambling

People like Murdoch circumvent Australian gambling laws by utilising off-shore servers.

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