CE Update - May 2019

CE Update

Hi Everyone It’s been a big month this month with the RNZSPCA bringing live baiting charges against a greyhound trainer. To be clear, we take this matter extremely seriously and we will take all necessary steps to protect the integrity and the wellbeing of the sport. As an industry body, it is always a difficult balance to respect the legal process while ensuring the integrity and the confidence of the sport in the eyes of the public. GRNZ will absolutely enforce its standards and the rules of racing, and we are confident that, as soon as these charges, and the evidence behind them are provided to the RIU, we will see swift and decisive action based on the facts and the evidence. GRNZ is committed to fair process and a clean sport. While this matter is working through the system, there are other significant issues developing in our industry. We now know that the Ministerial Advisory Committee is appointing Mr Malcolm Burgess to undertake the special review of the structure and efficacy of the RIU and allied integrity bodies such as the JCA and the NZ Racing Laboratory. Mr Burgess is a former Assistant Commissioner of Police and Director of the Organised and Financial Agency NZ (OFCANZ). There are seven elements within the specific scope of this review, although other matters can be looked into as well. These elements include structure, animal welfare, overseas practices, and potential new models for integrity. We will keep you posted on the review and the changes it may bring.

Mauro Barsi CE, GRNZ

Posted on 30/04/2019 1:15:02 PM

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