Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has sent out a call to participants for input on a proposed local rule which aims to reduce the euthanasia rates of healthy greyhounds and seek to promote responsible ownership within the industry.
The proposal is a part of GRNSW’s renewed efforts to ensure animal welfare is at the forefront of the sport, with the rule making it mandatory for all registered owners to ensure all possible avenues are explored to rehome their greyhounds once they have retired from racing.
Healthy greyhounds will only be able to be euthanised by a qualified veterinary surgeon and when the owner has demonstrated they have made reasonable efforts to first rehome the greyhound.
Owners will also only be allowed to surrender a greyhound to the local council after they have demonstrated that they have made reasonable efforts to rehome the greyhound.
Under the proposed local rule, a greyhound will only be deemed unable or unsuitable to be rehomed if:
– The owner of the greyhound can explain why they cannot retain the greyhound the greyhound as a pet; and
– The owner has contacted the GRNSW Greyhounds As Pets adoption program and at least two other rehoming providers which have all declined to accept the greyhound for rehoming purposes; or
– a veterinary surgeon or rehoming provider has assessed the greyhound as not being suitable for rehoming
Additionally, GRNSW is also proposing to make the non-veterinary euthanasia of greyhounds in emergency situations permissible only when it is clearly essential to sudden and catastrophic injury and emergency veterinary attention is not available within a reasonable period of time.
In case of emergency, the industry participant will be required to contact a veterinary surgeon and gain approval for the euthanasia and the method of euthanasia.
After this, the participant will then be required to report the details of the euthanasia to GRNSW within a 24 hour period, with the deceased greyhound to be taken to a veterinary clinic where it must be made available for a post-morton examination if required by GRNSW.
Once authorised by GRNSW, the deceased greyhound must be disposed of by the veterinary clinic.
Industry participants are invited to complete Participant Feedback Forms so that GRNSW can receive as much industry input as possible in regards to the proposed local rule.
Forms must be revived by GRNSW by close of business on Friday May, 13, 2016, and can be submitted as follows:
GRNSW has requested that all emails, faxes and envelopes refer to”Local Rule Feedback’.