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 Commission is developing a code of practice in close consultation with the Animal Welfare Committee.

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 contain standards for the keeping, treatment, handling and care of greyhounds. The code will also include standards for the facilities, equipment and conditions at premises where greyhounds are kept, trialled, trained or raced. In addition, the code will contain standards for the procedures and practices to be adopted for keeping, trialling, training and racing greyhounds.

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. When implemented, the code will be fully enforced by inspectors of the Commission.

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