Premier’s ex-hound rises from the dead

A TWO-YEAR-OLD black and white greyhound called Toolong Terror almost brought Parliament undone yesterday. 

Debate during the House of Assembly morning session had become particularly heated over matters such as power price increases and child protection when Bass Greens MHA Kim Booth stood to ask a question of Premier David Bartlett.

His question was about Toolong Terror, which had once raced for the Li’l Ricky greyhound racing syndicate of which Mr Bartlett was a member.

It became increasingly difficult for Mr Bartlett to answer the question because of interjections and loud laughter from the house as Mr Booth told the sad story of Toolong Terror, known to his friends as Piggy.

“Was Toolong Terror sold by the Li’l Ricky syndicate and, if so, what date was he sold?” asked Mr Booth.

“Is it not also a fact that Toolong was sent off for execution?

“Given the racing success of Toolong Terror, why was he disposed of so suddenly?”

Mr Booth suggested that Toolong could have been disposed of because he was at the heart of an inquiry about whether he had been properly registered when he won a race.

“Finally Premier, are you aware that Toolong was in fact rescued from death by (animal welfare activist) Emma Haswell and then, thankfully, put through an adoption process and will be available on the lawns of Parliament House at 1pm for a reunion?” he said.

Mr Bartlett replied:

“Toolong is back, Mr Speaker. Be still my beating heart.”

Despite the hilarity in the chamber, neither Mr Booth nor Ms Haswell was later treating Toolong Terror’s fate as a laughing matter.

Ms Haswell said that Toolong, or Piggy, as she now knows him, was minutes away from being euthanised when she got a call to go and rescue him a couple of weeks ago.

She said that he would have become one of the statistics of 20,000 greyhounds destroyed nationally a year because they have been deemed unfit or no longer suitable to race.

“Yet they make wonderful, gentle pets – they are couch potatoes,” she said.

Racing Minister Bryan Green urged more people to get involved in the adoption program run by the industry to take up greyhounds past their racing use-by date to save them from being euthanised. Mr Bartlett has denied that he or his syndicate, now dissolved, had anything to do with changing a decision on a race involving Toolong.

Toolong had also been sold to another owner months before he “faced execution”, Mr Booth said.

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4 responses to “Premier’s ex-hound rises from the dead

  1. dachshundrescueandrehoming

    That Premier David Bartlett or any other elected by the people member of the House of the people can participate with “interjections and loud laughter” or “the hilarity in the chamber” over 20,000 greyhounds destroyed nationally a year because they have been deemed unfit or no longer suitable to race is a disgrace.

    And now Racing Minister Bryan Green urges more people to get involved in the adoption program run by the industry to take up greyhounds past their racing use-by date to save them from being euthanised. How about Racing Minister Bryan Green cleans up this greedy and cruel industry and Premier David Bartlett and everyone else in the House hang their head in shame.

    Well done to Kim Booth for raising this matter and thank you to Emma Haswell. Have a long and happy life Piggy. I think you are beautiful

  2. Jan Baker

    What would you expect from idiots in parliament….dogs would be the last thing on their agenda…..that is why we have to make animal rights more noticeable so as to bring it to the attention of idiots like these & the public…..that poor greyhound is just another notch on their belts….get your act together in your stinking industry……go Piggy enjoy your life!!

  3. dachshundrescueandrehoming

    It is a disgusting, vile and cruel industry based on money and greed :

    http://www.aact.org.au/greyhounds.htm

  4. Reader’s comments from the newspaper website:

    “@ ‘time to do something’ – Whilst I’m against the idea of euthanasia in people, let’s stick to the issue and not introduce ‘red herrings’. The issue here is that greyhounds are not being put down for health reasons or aging. They are being treated and regarded as a disposable commodity whereby they are destroyed once they are considered to be ‘useless’ or ‘no good’. They are only spared if they continue to perform and can breed. Its the most shameful and disgusting part of the greyhound industry.”

    “That Premier David Bartlett or any other elected by the people member of the House of the people can participate with “interjections and loud laughter” or “the hilarity in the chamber” over 20,000 greyhounds destroyed nationally a year because they have been deemed unfit or no longer suitable to race is a disgrace. And now Racing Minister Bryan Green urges more people to get involved in the adoption program run by the industry to take up greyhounds past their racing use-by date to save them from being euthanised. How about Racing Minister Bryan Green cleans up this greedy and cruel industry and Premier David Bartlett and everyone else in the House hang their head in shame. Well done to Kim Booth for raising this matter and thank you to Emma Haswell. Have a long and happy life Piggy.”

    “I never Knew a politician had a beating heart.”

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