First Published: 20/06/2015

Dogs Trust

The Greyhound Industry:

Don’t bet on fair treatment


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The Welfare of Racing Greyhound Regulations (2010) were brought in after huge pressure from charities, MPs, media and the public to ensure that the industry ‘cleaned up its act’ and that the welfare of the dogs involved was better protected.  However, at the time, Dogs Trust and others, warned that the regulations did not go far enough to address welfare concerns, particularly as the regulations focused on self-regulation of the industry on only one aspect - the track.  Five years on, we are now absolutely adamant that the regulations and the Greyhound Board of Great Britain are failing to deliver the improvements that we need to happen if all Greyhounds are to be protected.

The regulations
have failed to deliver
the improvements
required to protect racing
Greyhounds from
cradle to grave.

… the scope of the
regulations only
covers the welfare of
Greyhounds when
they are racing at a
track, where they
spend less than
10% of their time.

… there is a clear
need for an
monitored inspection scheme
and legislation to be brought
in to cover the conditions
in which Greyhounds are
housed in ‘off
track’ kennels…

A detailed report of the Dogs Trust Investigation is available in pdf format.

Click Here to to read the full report.

Conditions in at
least three of the
trainers’ kennels
would, in the opinion of
the investigators, severely
breach both GBGB minimum
standards Rule 212 and
CIEH Guidance on Animal
Boarding Establishments Act

…… This trainer knew every dog by name and could give in depth details about their racing careers and their
medical history. …………He raised concerns that he
believed the majority of breeders and sellers from Ireland did not have the dogs’ best interests at heart

The majority of dogs were deemed to be in good health however, serious concerns were raised regarding
potential cross contamination between dogs and humans due to lapsed hygiene. There were also concerns
over the kennel’s inadequate firefighting equipment

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