Welfare / Code of Practice for the Welfare of Greyhounds

The Greyhound Industry Reform Panel recommended establishing an enforceable code of practice containing the minimum standards of care for greyhounds throughout their life.

The code of practice will be based on the five domains of animal welfare. These include nutrition, environment, health, behaviour and mental state. The code of practice will provide standards for breeding practices and the keeping, treatment and handling of greyhounds. The code will also include standards for facilities, equipment and conditions at premises where greyhounds are kept, trialled, trained or raced.

The Greyhound Racing Act 2017 stipulates that a greyhound racing industry participant must not own, breed or keep a greyhound unless the greyhound is registered from the time the greyhound is 12 weeks old. Compliance with the code of practice is a condition of registration and therefore applies to all greyhounds required to be registered in accordance with the Act. The code will be fully enforced by inspectors of the Commission. It will prohibit certain practices, including the use of barking muzzles and behaviour altering substances.

Breaches of the code of practice will be dealt with through new requirements such as imposing a condition on registration or penalties such as fines, suspension and disqualification from participating in the industry. Stronger penalties will be imposed for more serious offences.