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NSW MP vows to cross floor over greyhounds

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016

The backbench revolt against Premier Mike Baird's greyhound racing ban is gaining momentum, with the first Coalition MP to confirm that he will cross the floor over the controversial legislation.

"Not only will I vote against it, I will speak against it," Nationals MP Kevin Humphries told The Daily Telegraph on Friday.

The member for Barwon is one of a handful of Baird government politicians who has publicly argued against the July 2017 ban, warning it will devastate regional communities.

Mr Humphries is urging his party leader and Deputy Premier Troy Grant to withdraw the legislation which is due to be debated in parliament's lower house next week.

He says he won't back down in his opposition against the "bad" policy.

A greyhound dog owner walks with her dogs after she arrived to a race night © AAP Image/David Moir A greyhound dog owner walks with her dogs after she arrived to a race night

"I didn't join the National Party to implement Greens and Animal Justice (party) policy," he said.

The Nationals' Katrina Hodgkinson, Melinda Pavey and Chris Gulaptis are among several MPs who have spoken out against the ban but are yet to confirm if they will vote against it.

The Greyhound Racing Prohibition bill, which includes a one-year jail sentence and maximum $11,000 fine for anyone caught organising a race after the ban, was fast-tracked through parliament last week.

The proposed laws will also forbid people to export greyhounds to other states without the written consent of Greyhound Racing NSW before the ban takes effect.

Labor is opposed to the legislation but it's likely it will be swiftly passed with the support of the Greens.

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