Peter V’landys loses ABC defamation case appeal, but court says racehorse slaughter report treated him ‘shabbily’

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The Racing NSW brag Peter V’landys has mislaid an entreaty successful his defamation lawsuit against the ABC implicit a study showing graphic footage of retired racehorses being slaughtered astatine a Queensland abattoir.

The 7.30 programme titled The Final Race treated V’landys shabbily but did not defame him, Justice Steven Rares said connected Friday.

V’landys had appealed against a national tribunal determination handed down successful May 2021.

He sued the broadcaster and writer Caro Meldrum-Hanna implicit the October 2019 programme that included the confronting footage from the Meramist abattoir, northbound of Brisbane.

It besides included footage of cruelty to racehorses arsenic they were transported to knackeries for slaughter and commentary by salient campaigners against cruelty to racehorses.

A recorded interrogation with V’landys was juxtaposed with graphic images of the mistreatment of erstwhile thoroughbred horses.

He claimed the study conveyed 4 defamatory meanings.

They included that arsenic main enforcement helium “callously permitted the wholesale slaughter of thoroughbred horses” and “dishonestly asserted that nary racehorses were sent to knackeries for slaughter” successful New South Wales erstwhile helium knew that was untrue.

V’landys said the broadcaster and Meldrum-Hanna had acted dishonestly and deceitfully by not showing him the distressing abattoir footage earlier interviewing him.

This was said to person caused his estimation arsenic a regulator to beryllium undermined and his estimation to beryllium brought into nationalist disrepute, ridicule and contempt.

V’landys appealed against the determination of Justice Michael Wigney, who had recovered nary of the defamatory meanings were conveyed.

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The afloat tribunal consisting of Justice Rares, Justice Anna Katzmann and Justice David O’Callaghan agreed with the archetypal decision.

It was understandable V’landys was upset by the work of the report, Rares said successful delivering the judgement successful the national tribunal successful Brisbane.

“It treated him precise shabbily because, though Ms Meldrum-Hanna had a wealthiness of evidence, specified arsenic the covert footage and the accusation astir the Camden auctions, connected which she could person sought his comments oregon confronted him, she deliberately ne'er enactment that to him.”

He said the programme had been aired with V’landys’ interrogation spliced betwixt the criticisms by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and an adept and the covert footage that conveyed hard-hitting disapproval of V’landys without giving him the accidental to respond directly.

“This was not high-quality journalism oregon just oregon decent attraction of him.”

V’landys was ordered to wage the broadcaster’s ineligible costs.

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