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Racing greyhound regulations ‘successful’ but still needed, says Defra

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THE Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010 have been successful in establishing a set of minimum welfare standards at all greyhound racetracks in England, which has promoted the welfare of racing greyhounds.

So says Defra following a postimplementation review of the effectiveness of the regulations. However, in a summary of its review, published on September 15, Defra concludes that the regulations are still required and suggests some possible amendments to help further ensure the welfare of greyhounds both while they are racing and on retirement.

Defra has concluded that the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations are still required

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The Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations were introduced following public and parliamentary concern about the welfare of greyhounds at racetracks and what happened to them after they had finished racing. They established a set of minimum welfare standards for all greyhound tracks in England, and also aimed to improve the traceability of greyhounds during and after their racing life (VR, May 16, 2009, vol 164, p 606). They require all greyhound tracks, whether registered by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) or independent, to have a veterinary surgeon present at all race meetings and trials, and for each greyhound to have a prerace veterinary examination. They also require that the veterinary surgeon has adequate facilities, and that suitably ventilated kennels are provided …

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