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Greyhound industry launches legal fight

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

An alliance of greyhound racing industry stakeholders have launched a legal challenge to the NSW Government's ban in the NSW Supreme Court.

The industry alliance's legal team says it has filed proceedings in court on Friday seeking a declaration to declare the government's racing inquiry report invalid, therefore challenging the ban which was based on the Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry.

"The idea that a government can ban a perfectly lawful racing industry ... on the basis that it has lost some form of 'intangible and unwritten' social licence would be a very worrying development to many in the community," Brenton Scott, chief executive of the NSW Breeders, Owners and Trainers' Association, said.

Acting Premier and Minister for Racing Troy Grant has hit back at the legal challenge.

"The greyhound industry should have invested as much time and resources into ridding itself of live baiting and animal cruelty as it is now spending on lawyers, lobbyists and spin doctors," he told AAP on Friday afternoon.

The legal challenge comes as allegations surfaced of numerous mass greyhound graves in NSW, weeks after a site was discovered in the Hunter Valley with at least 99 dead dogs.

Greyhound Racing NSW has confirmed it is investigating new "disturbing allegations" relating to mass graves across the state.

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