1. Greyhound industry horrors revealed.
Australia’s greyhound racing industry is in turmoil after a Four Corners report revealed conclusive evidence of live baiting during secret training sessions.
One clip from the footage, secretly filmed at training tracks in Queensland and Victoria, showed dogs being allowed to attack a writhing possum suspended from a lure.
Another clip showed a possum flung around a track 26 times at high speed. When the lure stopped 56 minutes later, the possum had been snapped in half and was only attached to the lure by its spinal cord.
Live baiting has been banned and criminalized for decades, but trainers and owners across the country have been using the illegal training method in the belief that it will improve a dog’s performance.
The RSPCA, in conjunction with police in NSW, Victoria and Queensland raided five properties on Wednesday last week after the Four Corners program, in conjunction with Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland, confidentially handed over the results of its investigation into the sport to the state-based RSPCAs more than a fortnight ago.
As a result, the sport’s regulators suspended 22 people for using rabbits, possums and piglets. If found guilty, they face substantial fines and up to five years’ jail.
This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared on ABC and has been republished with full permission.
2. Former Prime Ministers call for mercy on Bali 9.
Six former Prime Ministers have called for Indonesia to show mercy on the Bali 9 duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who were told yesterday that they would be moved this week to the Batu high security unit on Nusakambangan, where they will be executed 72 hours after their arrival.
All former living Prime Ministers have issued a statement – Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, John Howard, Paul Keating, Bob Hawke and Malcolm Fraser calling for their lives to be saved.
Ms Gillard told The Australian “I personally would find it heartbreaking if such extraordinary efforts to become of good character were not met with an act of mercy, of recognition of change.”
Mr Hawke said “These two men made a mistake when they were young and foolish. They have served their incarceration with model behaviour, and I therefore urge and plead that the government reconsider its decision to now take their lives.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday once again called for the Indonesian Government to halt the execution “Like millions of Australians, I feel sick in the pit of my stomach when I think about what is quite possibly happening to these youngsters.”
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has also joined the chorus of voices making a direct appeal to the Indonesian government while appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program.
“Perhaps if I can address this to the Indonesian government: It is not a sign of weakness to spare the lives of these men,” he said.