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SA to filter out bad NSW greyhound racers

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016 Marnie Banger

A new greyhound racetrack will be built in South Australia despite the NSW ban, as the SA industry says it won't be sullied by dodgy interstate operators.

Greyhound Racing SA chief Matthew Brown says the group is going ahead with plans to build a new $7 million track in Murray Bridge in 2017.

Mr Brown says some operators affected by the industry ban in NSW, which was prompted by revelations of widespread animal cruelty, will move interstate.

But he says SA will be careful about who it embraces as the NSW ban comes into effect from July.

"There are many good participants who will be terribly affected by the Baird decision recently and they'll be looking to move interstate as will dogs," he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"We've also got to be extremely careful though in that situation. Make sure we're filtering, so that we're going through a thorough process to make sure that the standards that we've aspired to and set here over many years aren't compromised."

An online petition to stop the new Murray Bridge racetrack has more than 60,000 signatures so far.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also launched an online campaign against the track and is urging GRSA to reveal how many greyhounds are bred, raced and killed in the state.

Mr Corby said GRSA is sharing that data with the state government and Dog and Cat Management Board but won't release it publicly as it would be misused.

"These organisations such as PETA, they want those figures disclosed not because that's where the problem lies. The problem lies with us making a commitment to full rehoming of greyhounds," he said.

He said the SA industry was on track to rehoming all unwanted greyhounds by 2018/19 and had committed to that goal before the national controversy.

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