ABC JOURNALIST TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR FOUR CORNERS LIVE BAITING EXPOSE IN AUSTRALIA’S GREYHOUND RACING INDUSTRY
Horrific footage and revelations of the widespread practice of using live animals as bait to train greyhounds was aired on the ABC’s Four Corners program just over a year ago. The footage shocked thousands of Australians and rocked the industry, leading to numerous convictions and helping to save hundreds of animals from a cruel fate. The gritty investigation, ‘Making a Killing’, was brought to the Australian public by journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna and the ABC team revealing the darkest secrets of the sport, bringing the regulators of the industry to shame and changing the sport forever.
At the time the program went to air, Australians were wagering $4 billion each year on greyhound racing with over 40,000 races and more than 300,000 dogs racing on tracks across the country. Following the program, the widespread cheating and illegal activities used to get the winning edge was finally exposed for all to see.
The Genesis Awards from Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are presented each year to honour individuals in the news and entertainment media for creating outstanding works that raise awareness of animal issues. Humane Society International (HSI) Australia is delighted to congratulate Caro Meldrum-Hanna who has been awarded the Bridgette Bardot International News Series Award for best International TV Documentary Series, namely ‘Making a Killing’, ‘The Secret Greyhound Export Trade’ and ‘Cover-ups, Tip-offs, Mismanagement’. Caro took a huge personal risk to get to broadcast, and the confronting journalism which resulted has been nothing short of remarkable.
‘Making a Killing’ was viewed by well over 100 million people reaching a huge international audience. Since it aired, adoption rates for greyhounds as pets in Australia have doubled, and countless animals have been saved from an early, cruel death. International exports have been halted, breeding rates slashed, and people in the industry are getting significant prison sentences for breaking the law. The nation’s media went into overdrive, making front page news and dominating talkback radio across Australia.
This Thursday Caro will be recognised for her incredible contribution, putting the future of Australia’s greyhound racing industry into question. It is rare for a television documentary to generate such debate, change, and justice on both a national and international level. Now in its 30th year, this year’s awards recognise the best in media coverage for programs that aired in 2015. HSI thanks all the outstanding Genesis Award winners for successfully shining the spotlight on animal cruelty and exploitation.
HSI Australia is also proud to dedicate this prestigious award to the late Greens NSW MP John Kaye who worked tirelessly on the campaign to help to bring an end to the greyhound racing industry in Australia. HSI Director Verna Simpson said, “Dr Kaye’s hard work and dedication to such an important issue made a huge impact and we will do all we can to continue his work towards our shared vision of banning this cruel industry for good.”
On Thursday 9th June the HSUS Genesis Award will be proudly presented to Caro and her team by Senator Lee Rhiannon in a Special Awards Ceremony at 12.30pm at NSW Parliament House. The ceremony will be followed by a discussion on what the future holds for greyhound racing. Please join us this Thursday in Sydney at this Special Ceremony. You can RSVP direct using this link https://www.facebook.com/events/1786580614908970/, or contact Lauren Waldon on (02) 9230 2668 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.