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The Greyhound Industry:

Don’t bet on fair treatment

 

[info]The following item is from the Dogs Trust website.

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/whats-happening/issues-campaigns/greyhounds/the-greyhound-industry-dont-bet-on-fair-treatment

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The Welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations (2010) were brought in after huge pressure from charities, MPs, media and the public to ensure that the industry ‘cleaned up its act’ and that the welfare of the dogs involved was better protected.  However, at the time, Dogs Trust and others, warned that the regulations did not go far enough to address welfare concerns, particularly as the regulations focused on self-regulation of the industry on only one aspect – the track.  Five years on, we are now absolutely adamant that the regulations and the Greyhound Board of Great Britain are failing to deliver the improvements that we need to happen if all Greyhounds are to be protected.

The regulations have failed to deliver the improvements required to protect racing Greyhounds from cradle to grave.

… the scope of the regulations only covers the welfare of Greyhounds when they are racing at a track, where they spend less than 10% of their time.

… there is a clear need for an independently monitored inspection scheme and legislation to be brought in to cover the conditions in which Greyhounds are housed in ‘off track’ kennels…

[info]A detailed report of the Dogs Trust Investigation is available in pdf format.

Click Here to to read the full report.

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Conditions in at least three of the trainers’ kennels would, in the opinion of the investigators, severely breach both GBGB minimum standards Rule 212 and CIEH Guidance on Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

…… This trainer knew every dog by name and could give in depth details about their racing careers and their medical history. …………He raised concerns that he believed the majority of breeders and sellers from Ireland did not have the dogs’ best interests at heart
The majority of dogs were deemed to be in good health however, serious concerns were raised regarding potential cross contamination between dogs and humans due to lapsed hygiene. There were also concerns over the kennel’s inadequate firefighting equipment

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