Anthony Bullock is not only Tasmania's leading greyhound trainer, he is also the state's most notorious, with drone footage of his property leading to the third investigation into his activities in three years.
Images of dogs in exposed kennels with little to no bedding, suffering through sub-zero winter temperatures, along with dead pademelons and horses, horses in poor conditions, and the presence of small animal cages or traps, have outraged the community.
How long will he continue to be protected by TasRacing and the industry?
Gary Johnson: Ulverstone Pet Meats
Gary Johnson operates a 50+ dog training facility in Ulverstone, with kennels directly abutting a slaughterhouse where animals including discarded race horses are killed for pet meat. The property is located on the banks of the River Leven, leading to questions relating to runoff and excrement from both the slaughterhouse and the dogs.
On July 23 a drone captured footage of dogs in small cage kennels without bedding, others in runs with inadequate tin sheds for housing. Some were lined with straw, others completely bare. Two dogs were relegated to a dilapidated lean-to, having to dig down in the dirt to make some form of bed for themselves. Animal carcasses were left piled adjacent to one of the runs.
Drone footage reveals the substandard conditions in which greyhounds are kept at the property of Tasmanian trainers Lynden Nichols and Carol Nash.
In early and late September, a private individual captured footage showing dogs living in runs with dilapidated tin sheds for "shelter." Straw is scattered for bedding, in an area that experiences temperatures as low as -5 degrees in winter.
Dogs were also recorded being walked on treadmills. Whilst treadmills are not inherently bad to use with dogs (such as in cases of rehabilitation of injuries etc.), it is believed that these dogs are not receiving exercise other than this.
They are kenneled inside an old rusted shed; the conditions inside this shed is unknown.
Zipping Princess, subject of our recent exposé into the private rehoming of retired greyhounds without safeguards (see below) lived at this facility for at least seven months of her short life.
Wherever money is involved, animals will always finish last.
Beyond the exploitation inherent within the racing industry, there are issues relating to: animal welfare; deaths on tracks; wastage; the use and overuse of whips; jockeys being allowed to commit multiple infractions with minimum penalties; allegations of race fixing; and the domination of the greyhound and harness racing by two main names who work together.
All of which is majority funded by the Tasmanian taxpayer, to the tune of nearly $33 million per annum, with the Tasmanian Liberal government committed to increasing funding in the midst of a cost of living and housing crisis.
Tasracing is a state owned company (SOC), established in 2009to replace the TOTE which formerly oversaw racing, gambling, and integrity under one body. The TOTE was sold in 2012 for $103 million. Since then, Tasracing has received annual payments from the state government (as well as additional grants and funding for specific projects) under a funding deed. This deed is set to expire in 2029, by which time Tasracing will have received well over half a billion dollars in what the SOCs CEO Andrew Jenkins has described as "compensation." Jenkins has indicated that after the funding deed expires, Tasracing will lobby for the continuation of state government funding. However, they wish to do so as the "masters of their own commercial destiny."
Animal Liberation Tasmania will campaign to ensure no funding agreement is undertaken after the current funding deed expires in 2029, and advocate for that funding deed to end sooner rather than later.