$10,000 reward for live baiting information
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for key information on live baiting that leads to a successful animal cruelty prosecution.
"Although there have been no recently confirmed reports of live baiting in WA (it appears the last live game incident occurred in 2008), RSPCA WA is currently receiving a number of reports indicating that it is likely the practice is continuing to occur in Western Australia.
"We are calling on the community, including those within the greyhound industry, to come forward with any evidence or intelligence to assist in investigations.
"Live baiting is illegal and will not be tolerated. Those responsible for engaging in these illegal and cruel acts should be punished.
"The community has been shocked and outraged by what was shown on Four Corners and since the show aired we have received several reports which we are looking into.
"If you have genuine information we urge you to contact us. Any information as well as your identity will be treated in the strictest confidence.
"We are also pleased with the recent rule changes by Racing and Wagering Western Australia to increase penalties which was announced by the Minister for Racing and Gaming Hon Colin Holt MLC," Ms Swift said.
To report information on live baiting call RSPCA WA on 1300 278 3589.
* RSPCA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift is available for interview this afternoon at RSPCA's Animal Care Centre in Malaga at 2.15pm.
Media contact: Maree Daniels, Executive Manager Community Engagement, 0417 859 600