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New rules boost greyhound welfare and racing integrity

Increased animal welfare powers for Stewards, expanded drug testing facilities and a ban on Anabolic Androgenic Steroids will come into force for Victorian greyhound racing on 1 June 2016.

Under the new Greyhound Australasia (GA) Rules, authorised persons such as Stewards will have the power to prohibit a greyhound from competing if it is severely distressed, suffering from nervous system or vision conditions, has collapsed or would collapse if not supported by the handler or has suffered a seizure.

The new GA rules also expand the list of laboratories accredited by all controlling bodies, allowing participants to have the reserve urine and control portions of a sample analysed by an independent accredited laboratory if an initial test has shown the presence of a prohibited substance.

Under another new GA Rule, Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) are now a Permanently Banned Prohibited Substance, aligning with bans on AAS in horse racing and other sports. The exempted substance “ethyloestrenol” will still be permitted as an oestrus suppressant for female greyhounds.
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New Local Rules covering re-homing, euthanasia, approved lures and other issues will also be introduced shortly with GRV to make a more detailed announcement in the near future.
To download the updated National Rules, visit:

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