Ian Morgan, John Cauchi & Tony Cauchi

Cauchis and live bait rabbit

Crimes: Animal Cruelty

The Four Corners live baiting scandal in Sydney, Australia made me absolutely sick when it happened. Actually, it continues to sicken me, but at least there have been legal repercussions for some of the heartless, soulless individuals who participated.

For those who are unfamiliar with the scandal, greyhound trainers and their workers decided to try to illegally enhance their dogs’ performance by using small animals to entice and excite them. The fact is these monstrous people tied live rabbits, piglets, cats and possums to a mechanical lure for the dogs to chase. Invariably the dogs caught up with the lure and tore the helpless, terrified animals to pieces.

Live bait pigI read in one news article that the bait animals’ teeth and claws had been removed so that no damage would be done to the dogs. Some animals had been tied to clothes lines and spun around for the dogs to leap at and kill.

To tell the truth, greyhound racing in Australia has little to be proud of. A 2015 report by Greyhounds Australasia and Greyhound Racing South Australia shockingly showed that between 13,000 and 17,000 healthy dogs are killed by the racing industry each year out of 17,500 dogs born. That is totally and completely appalling.

The Four Corners scandal began with pro-animal activists secretly filming the horrific, prolonged and brutal deaths of the small animals at the jaws of greyhounds.

One poor possum zoomed around a track 26 times being chased by dogs. The torture lasting 56 endless minutes. When the lure finally stopped, the poor creature was still alive but had been snapped in half, hanging off the lure by its spine.

Live bait possum

The footage was handed over to the Australian current affairs program, Four Corners, which then, on February 16, 2015, used it to expose the vile practice.

The program rightly inspired public outrage that led to investigations, suspensions, and prosecutions.

The footage can be seen on the Internet, but I wouldn’t recommend watching it — I found it extremely distressing.

Greyhound trainer John Cauchi was the licensed manager of the Boxhill Trial Track in western Sydney. He was one of the nasty individuals filmed torturing animals. He was captured on film using a rabbit on a leash to “blood” a dog.

John Cauchi and his brother Tony pled guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty and live baiting offences. Their defense focused on the argument that since they used feral rabbits that it wasn’t so bad. Sick bastards.

On December 15, 2015 John Cauchi was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, with a 12-month non-parole period. Tony Cauchi, because of his intellectual impairment, had his sentence of 18 months suspended.

Telopea trainer Ian Morgan pled guilty to an act of animal cruelty. He was caught on hidden camera to using a live possum on a lure. His barrister argued in court that he should not be sent to jail because live baiting was rampant in the industry, and that the possum suffered for only a short period of time.

In actuality, the footage showed how three greyhounds attacked the poor creature for six and a half minutes, and it didn’t die right away.

Ian Morgan, 58, was sentenced to 12 months in jail. He’ll be eligible for parole after 9 months.

All three of these sadistic individuals have been banned from having contact with animals for 20 years. GOOD!

There were other trainers who were banned for life from greyhound racing because they were involved in live-baiting. Unfortunately, the Racing Disciplinary Board significantly reduced their bans. Michael, Chapman, Craig Wright, Greg Paull, John Pollock and Ray Gatti had their bans reduced to 10 years. Russell Druery had his ban cut to 8 years, and Julie Edmondson has just a 5-year ban now.

Personally, I don’t think any of those trainers who sadistically used small animals as live bait should be allowed near the racetracks and dogs ever again. I’d like to see them all wind up with a serious prison sentence.

This story is still evolving. There have been many resignations. More trials are impending, including that of Zeke Kadir who was filmed strapping a possum to a lure and allowing the poor creature to be mauled and killed by a dog. He has pled not guilty to a number of animal cruelty offences. It’ll be interesting to see what his defense is — a doppelganger maybe?

It is my hope that greyhound racing will be forever banned. Any sport that kills 17,000 out of 17,500 perfectly healthy dogs should be shut down.

ABC News article – sentencing
SSLCAM News article – bans reduced
The New Daily article – Morgan trial
ABC News article – live bait practices

10 Responses to Ian Morgan, John Cauchi & Tony Cauchi

  1. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Read about what has Happened .

    Sadistic is Exactly the Word.

    There should be the Death Penalty in the Commonwealth of Australia
    on both a Federal Basis and on State Law.

    The Silly Edict from Canberra which Interferes with the Right of
    the Australian States by themselves to Restore the Death Penalty
    Needs to be Repealed

    Little Slap on the Wrist Sentences are an Insult to the Suffering of
    those Animals

  2. Bekah says:

    This is absolutely disgusting. My first “real” job at 16 yrs old was at a greyhound track. It was absolutely heartbreaking to see what happened on a daily basis. Fortunately, nothing to this extreme, but traumatizing nonetheless. Dogs were force-fed kerosene/gasoline to induce vomiting, food was withheld.one dog was decapitated after being electrocuted when she tripped onto the electric track and the lure came around. When I found my favorite dog in the freezer bc the handler said she wasn’t performing anymore, I couldn’t take it anymore. I thought I was at least one person there to offer support and love to these dogs (and the vet took pics for PETA) but I still can’t get the images out of my head 13 years later. Thankfully CT shut down their dog track, but there’s always more

  3. Bengalpuss says:

    I’m a manic reader but this is the first i’ve heard about this. Its absolutely upsetting to think of how those poor creatures suffered. As for the sadistic cunts themselves, they should have been banned for life of ever owning an animal, and the sentences are pathetic. If there is to be a deterent for people who abuse animals then giving out suspended sentencers and poxy 1yr sentences isn’t going to be a deterent. Those poor little beasties, my heart breaks for the cruel and evil way they were treated and killed. I hope there is a hell and bastards like these have a one way ticket to roast there.

  4. moodymagic says:

    How disgusting. Prison time for sadist pricks who are ok with the animal cruelty talked about here is so maddening.

    • Bengalpuss says:

      Moodymagic, i think that sentences for pigs that abuse and kill animals are a joke, maybe if they were changed to tougher sentences then maybe we wouldn’t be reading as much animal cruelty posts. What blows my mind is the amount of scumbag’s that were involved, doesn’t anybody have a conscience anymore? Those poor animals, i hope that these cunts get spat in their faces when noticed by animal lovers or people who are disgusted by what they’ve done.

  5. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    They are Worse than Pigs

    Pigs are Not so Disgusting

    The only Just Sentence for Sadistic Animal Cruelty is the
    Death Penalty

  6. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Heard with Great Disgust.

    Namely some Evil Thugs had Mutilated a Kitten Cutting off their Paws

    They are Arseholes Definitely and it is another Reason why the UK
    Need’s Capital Punishment for Sadistic Cruelty towards Animals

  7. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Cruelty Moral Degeneracy and Evil go Hand in Hand

    Instead of Social Liberalism what the UK Needs is Social Moralism

  8. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Let this Atrocity Not Happen Again

  9. REAP WHAT YOU SOW says:

    These scum bags are a pathetic excuse to the human race. The poor animals you abused have crossed the Rainbow Bridge to live in Paradise for ever.
    You on the other hand will go to a place that has permanent heating.

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