Saturday’s workshop at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on breeding and breeding practices was another excellent example of “good honest conversation”in an attempt to resolve some of the critical issues facing the Victorian Greyhound racing industry.
The third in a series of nine workshops more than 50 people attended to hear the views of panel members Paul Wheeler, Carl McGrath, Karen Leek and Ray Borda.
The question posed to the panel ( and later to workshop participants ) was “How do we reduce the euthanasia rate of Victorian greyhounds?”
This was framed around related issues associated with breeding and breeding practices involving greyhounds.
A good cross section of views were expressed throughout the day with everyone’s voice being heard.
“The purpose of our workshops is for everyone to express a view – there is no right or wrong as we come together to solve the most important issues facing our industry”, said CEO Alan Clayton.
Mr Clayton added that everyone’s voice was equal and all ideas would be noted and reflected upon ; albeit a single or a collective voice.
“As we hold these workshops I am continuing to learn more and more about the industry and understand the layers of complexity that exist.
” I am absolutely delighted that we can have thoughtful and respectful conversation as we all embark on this journey” he said.
Speaking to the participants who came from all around the state Mr Clayton said that he was very appreciative of participants giving up their time to assist with the new GRV.
“The welfare of the dogs and the viability of our sport is most critical and we are in this together. We will continue to change and we will continue to improve all aspects of our industry and this includes the breeding practices currently operating in Victoria.
“We also need to be mindful that adoption doesn’t solve the extent of euthanasia and reductions in breeding are critical to substantial reductions in euthanasia”, said Mr Clayton
Mr Clayton added he was being told by many at the workshops that much more could be done to improve breeding practices through such actions as improving registration practices and education.
“There are some excellent ideas on how we can go about improving this side of our business to assist people who are either already in the industry, or those who will enter in the future, and we will certainly look at these ideas , he said.
The next workshop will be held at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club on June 4 from 10am to 2pm. It is also on the topic of breeding and breeding practices.
The panel members are Paul Wheeler, Carl McGrath, Angela Langton and Len Jones.
Registration for this workshop closes this Friday at midday.
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