Australia's racing industry has been using live pigs, rabbits and possums as bait to train its greyhounds to run, an investigation by Australia's ABC News reported Monday night. The animals are used to invoke "bloodlust" in the dogs, who often maul them to death, and trainers believe it gives them an advantage.
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The undercover footage, shot by Animal Liberation Queensland and Animals Australia, shows the bait animals tied onto an apparatus that swings them around the track, screaming and squealing. Trainers also discussed burying dead greyhounds.
"On the tapes was probably the most horrific cruelty that you would ever come across involving dogs and animals," Hayley Cotton of Animal Liberation Queensland said in the video.