The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) is urging anyone who has information about the allegations of live baiting greyhounds that were raised in the House of Assembly during Question Time on Thursday the 30th of March to make a report.
NRE Tas has not received any reports of live baiting greyhounds, an illegal practice in which small animals are used as a lure or bait to train greyhounds that race.
NRE Tas Acting Secretary Jason Jacobi said the allegation raised today is deeply concerning and the first the department has heard about these matters.
“It is extremely concerning to hear these alleged details of animal cruelty and I would urge anyone with information to make a report to the RSPCA through the online form on the department’s website. You do not need to give your name as reports can be made anonymously.”
Live baiting greyhounds is illegal under the Animal Welfare Act, administered by the NRE Tas and considerable penalties apply to individuals who are found guilty (a maximum fine $36,200 and imprisonment for five years).
Lifetime bans for any person who uses or attempts to use any live animal as bait, quarry, or lure in connection with greyhound training or greyhound racing also apply under the Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Rules.
Find out how to make a report.