NSW Premier Mike Baird has caved in to sustained pressure from the industry and media, abandoning his controversial ban on greyhound racing in the state.
Mr Baird made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, admitting that the “government got it wrong.”
“We did not give the good people in the industry a chance to respond, a chance to reform,” he said.
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“So today I can announce the greyhound industry will be given that one last chance.”
The overturn comes with stricter conditions, some of which include a new body to oversee the sport, reducing the number of race events, a cap on breeding and harsher penalties for animal cruelty.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 11, 2016