GREYHOUND racing officials and owners have reacted with both jubilation and devastation at the state government's plan to ban greyhound racing from July 1, 2017.
A commission of inquiry found that of the 100,000 greyhounds bred in the past 12 years in NSW, between 50 and 70 per cent were killed because they were deemed uncompetitive.
The NSW inquiry into greyhound racing was sparked by a 2015 Four Corners expose which showed top trainers and breeders engaging in live baiting in three states. Taking to Facebook, Baird shared some of the results from the commission conducted by former High Court Judge Michael McHugh.
The report was scathing in its criticism of Greyhound NSW's inquiries into disturbing allegations of past animal mistreatment at Keinbah Trial Track at Cessnock.
But Mr Baird on Thursday said shutting down the industry was the only humane response to the "chilling" report.
Animal Welfare League CEO Andrew Maso told the ABC said he had "no doubt" other states would take their cue from NSW and ban greyhound racing.
Live baiting was widespread, and Greyhound Racing NSW had a policy of deliberately misreporting the number of dog deaths and injuries, he said.
"In many jurisdictions in the U.S., and now here in NSW, governments have taken the proper steps to ban greyhound racing in the interests of animal welfare".
Greyhound Racing New Zealand boss Phil Holden defended the sport, saying the racing industry here was "fundamentally different" to Australia and operated under a different regulatory framework.
Australia and New Zealand are two of only eight countries who still have commercial greyhound racing industries. "The government has no plans to ban greyhound racing in Victoria".
The practice of live-baiting, where live animals are used as bait to be chased by dogs in training sessions, was widespread.
"Commissioner McHugh recommended that parliament should consider whether the industry should be permitted to operate in NSW", Daley said.
He said the sport's controlling body should have acted more aggressively to crack down on the unpalatable practices exposed by the ABC's Four Corners program past year.
Animal welfare groups have said they do not have the resources to cope with an influx of dogs expected to be relinquished by trainers as they prepare for the ban.
Grant also ignored questions on the backlash from the ban, and if it had been expected.