IN THE NEWS: On JUL 7, 2016
The ACT is set to follow New South Wales' lead and ban greyhound racing after Chief Minister Andrew Barr said there was "no future for the industry" in the territory.
Greyhound racing will be banned in NSW from July 1 next year, with Premier Mike Baird saying the "widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals" could not be tolerated.
In a statement, Mr Barr said the ACT Government agreed with the NSW Government's decisions and would consider the findings of the NSW report before announcing a timeframe to ban the practice.
"The Government cannot continue to support an industry that is turning a blind eye to the sort of behaviour and cruelty uncovered by the special commission of inquiry," Mr Barr said in a statement.
"It is untenable for the ACT Government to continue allowing, and financially supporting the practice of greyhound racing."
The NSW decision comes after a special commission of inquiry found overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting.