The draft Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds has been released for public consultation by the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
The draft Code covers the management of a greyhound’s whole life cycle, from breeding and rearing, to training and racing, to retirement and re-homing.
It also contains mandatory minimum requirements for housing, exercise, socialisation, mental stimulation, record keeping and staffing.
The draft Code is in direct response to the 2015 Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna’s report into live baiting and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Milne’s report on animal welfare.
The content of the draft Code supports the sport to meet community expectations regarding animal welfare; helping secure a long-term and sustainable future for greyhound racing in Victoria.
When completed, the new Code will replace the current Code for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments, which has been in place since 2006. GRV will work with participants to help them become compliant.
All participants and members of the community can make a submission on the draft Code from today until 5pm, Monday 14 August 2017.
The draft Code and details on how to make a submission can be found at: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/greyhounds/code-of-practice
DEDJTR has a dedicated telephone number – 136186 – to answer questions about the draft Code. GRV will be holding Code Support days to assist participants in the submission process, at all 13 clubs across Victoria from mid-July to mid-August.
Participants can book an individual 45-minute session with a GRV staff member if they need assistance.
Session dates and times will be announced shortly. Please check the GRV website for dates, locations and booking instructions.