Fact sheet: proposed Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds
What is the proposed Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds?
The Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds (Code) is made under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and applies to the keeping of all racing greyhounds registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV).
The purpose of the Code is to specify the minimum standards of staffing, accommodation, management, breeding and care required for the physical and behavioural needs of a racing greyhound throughout its lifecycle.
Why has this Code been introduced?
In 2015, Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Charles Milne, and the Racing Integrity Commissioner, Mr Sal Perna, undertook extensive reviews of welfare and integrity in the Victorian greyhound racing industry.
One recommendation resulting from this review was for the development of a mandatory code of practice to cover all greyhounds (and their offspring) registered with GRV.
Who does the Code apply to, and is it mandatory?
Compliance with this Code and its provisions will be mandatory for any person who keeps a racing greyhound registered with GRV.
Where can I view the proposed Code?
A copy of the proposed Code and associated Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) may be:
- downloaded from the Greyhound Code of Practice page
- obtained by calling the DEDJTR Customer Service Centre on 136 186 (between 8 am to 6 pm).
How does this Code relate to the existing Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments?
Once it is revised, the new Code will replace the existing Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments.
What are the key provisions in the proposed Code?
The proposed Code:
- provides management requirements for the entire lifecycle of a racing greyhound to promote positive animal welfare and minimise unnecessary euthanasia of dogs;
- addresses early management and training practices to improve the proportion of dogs achieving race status, therefore reducing industry wastage and the number of dogs required to maintain the industry;
- provides a rehoming program at the end of a dog's racing career to reduce rehabilitation time before rehoming, increasing the volume of dogs moving through the Greyhound Adoption Program;
- requires participants to notify GRV of an intention to euthanase a dog, 14 days prior to undertaking euthanasia not on medical grounds; and
- provides guidance to carers on identifying greyhounds showing signs of stress or developing stereotypies, allowing corrective action to be taken early.
What is the RIS?
The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) examines different options to improve greyhound welfare and rehoming, and compares the associated costs. The RIS recommends the proposed Code with industry enforcement, as the most effective option.
Public comments on both the RIS and Greyhound Code have now concluded.
When will the new Code come into effect?
The public comment period for the draft Code has now ended. The draft Code will be revised upon consideration of all submissions received and it is anticipated that the Code will be finalised towards the end of 2017.
Who do I contact if I have a question about the Code, the RIS, or the submission process?
Call 136 186 or email email@example.com.