It is not easy to find information about greyhound racing offence inquiries and penalties on the internet. We’ve listed where they can be found for each state racing body here:
Penalties are different in each state so it is difficult to compare them nationally. There are also different levels of transparency, eg information about Queensland offences is only available for six months, after which it is removed.
Published research shows most Australians feel strongly that penalties for animal abuse are too low and this also applies to greyhound racing.
- Trainer who doped greyhounds with EPO has 12 year ban cut to 30-months
- Greyhounds test positive for drugs 10 times more than horses at races
- WA dog trainer disqualified for 18 months after using chicken blood
- Wagga racing club president disqualified for 16 months after doping greyhound
Although life bans exist in theory, they are rarely used by greyhound racing industry bodies and only when the crimes are horrendous. Even then, serious offenders banned in Australia sometimes get a job elsewhere.