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Taxpayer-subsidised cruelty. While Easter is traditionally a time for Easter egg hunts, with littlies roaming the shrubbery looking for that telltale glint of foil that signals a chocolate treat, some people have different ideas. For the last two weeks, Greyhound Racing Victoria has been hosting an Easter School Holidays Kids Program at dog tracks across Victoria, which culminated in an Easter Sunday event at Bendigo. The kids were entertained by video games (just like at home!), facepainting, karaoke and "Turbo -- Greyhound Racing Victoria’s friendly mascot" also made "a special appearance, with Turbo themed activities on offer including a jumping castle, inflatable slide, activity bags and photo opportunities".