• Thursday, 22 Feb, 2024,
  • by Greyhound Racing Victoria

Greyhounds lap up recognition at historic Parliament House gathering

In a momentous event for the sport, greyhound racing received unprecedented recognition at Melbourne’s Parliament House on Wednesday night.

The gathering, which saw key figures from both sides of the political aisle come together, marked a significant step forward for the industry and ignited hope for its future.

Minister for Racing, the Hon. Anthony Carbines MP, and Shadow Minister Tim Bull stood shoulder-to-shoulder with industry leaders, guests, and retired racing greyhounds.

The legendary Fernando Bale, an all-time great, held court alongside his fellow canine athletes, creating a unique and heartwarming atmosphere.

Guests mingled with the dogs, gaining firsthand insights into their athleticism and gentle nature.

The prestigious 2024 Sportsbet Australian Cup trophy, to be contested this Saturday night at The Meadows, provided a tangible symbol of the sport’s excitement and ambition.

Beyond the celebratory atmosphere, the event held deeper significance. For the first time, greyhound racing found itself acknowledged and legitimised by key political figures.

This cross-party support signifies the continuous improvement for the industry, which has faced criticisms regarding animal welfare in recent years.

However, the gathering wasn’t solely about garnering political support. It also served as a platform to showcase the positive contributions of greyhound racing to both individuals and communities.

From the dedicated trainers and breeders to the regional greyhound clubs supported by the industry, the event painted a broader picture of its social and economic impact.

Perhaps most importantly, the evening highlighted the deep passion and commitment that fuels the sport. From the retired greyhounds with their gentle personalities to the volunteers and enthusiasts dedicating their time and energy, the event showcased the human element that drives greyhound racing forward.

The Parliament House gathering marked a historic moment for the sport. It wasn’t just about celebrating past achievements; it was about forging a path towards a brighter future.

With renewed political recognition, ongoing efforts to improve animal welfare, and the unwavering passion of its community, greyhound racing appears poised to enter a new era of positive development.

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GRV regulates the sport of greyhound racing in the state of Victoria under the Racing Act 1958 (Act), which includes setting standards and ensuring they are met by participants.

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