The GRNSW Code of Practice for Breeding, Rearing and Education has been released to support recent changes to the GRNSW Greyhound Racing Rules relating to breeding that came into effect on 1 July 2015.
From 1 July 2015, all breeders are required to hold a breeder’s licence with GRNSW. In order to receive a Breeder’s licence, applicants will have their breeding premises inspected by GRNSW Compliance Officers in accordance with the Code.
The Code provides an overarching framework for breeders, rearers and educators and specifies the minimum standards of accommodation, management and care to uphold the welfare of all greyhounds located at breeding establishments. These minimum standards cover a range of areas including health and veterinary care, nutrition and greyhound housing size.
Click here to download the Code of Practice for Breeding, Rearing and Education (Updated 1 December 2015).
In August, GRNSW published a supplement to the Code of Practice for Breeding, Rearing and Education.
The supplement clarifies industry participants’ greyhound euthanasia obligations and restrictions while also aligning the Codes of Practice with the provisions of the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016.
In summary, the supplement (and the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act) prohibits a greyhound owner from destroying a greyhound or causing it to be destroyed unless the owner has written consent from GRNSW. GRNSW consent is not required if the greyhound is destroyed by a veterinary practitioner in an emergency in order to relieve it of suffering or distress due to injury or illness.