Important Changes To GRNSW Greyhound Euthanasia Policy

Important Changes To GRNSW Greyhound Euthanasia Policy

05/03/2018
Welfare News

From 6 February 2018, important changes to Greyhound Racing NSW’s (GRNSW) Supplement to Codes of Practice – Greyhound Euthanasia (Policy number LAP05) (Policy) came into effect. 

The changes reflect the requirements of the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016 (Prohibition Act) and the recommendations made by the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel recommendations, which have been approved by the NSW Government.

The Policy recognises that greyhounds which are physically healthy and behaviorally sound should be given the opportunity to be kept as a companion animal. Under the amended Policy, greyhound owners must explore all possible appropriate options for their retiring greyhounds, including at least two attempts at rehoming their retiring greyhounds, evidence of which must be provided. The consent of GRNSW continues to be required before a racing greyhound can be euthanased. Where euthanasia is deemed necessary, it must be undertaken humanely by a veterinary practitioner.

The following is a summary of important changes that veterinarian surgeons and all greyhound racing industry participants with the care, custody, control, and/or ownership of greyhounds should be aware of:

  1. Prior to considering euthanasia: owners must explore all possible appropriate options for their retiring greyhounds, including at least two attempts to rehome the greyhound with specified rehoming providers.
  2. Prior to euthanasia: a greyhound must not be euthanased or otherwise destroyed without the GRNSW’s consent. You can make a request for such consent by completing a Request to Retire, Export, Transfer or Euthanase Greyhound form. Click here to download a copy of the Consent form.
  3. Administering euthanasia: euthanasia of a greyhound can only be administered by a qualified veterinary surgeon and must be undertaken humanely.
  4. After euthanasia: a Notification of Retirement Form must be lodged with GRNSW within two working days following euthanasia. Click here to download a copy of the Notification of Retirement form.

GRNSW may take action against anyone found to have failed to comply with the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act 2016, the GRNSW Greyhound Racing Rules and/or the Policy, including but not limited to suspension, disqualification, warning off, cancellation of registration and/or the imposition of a monetary fine.

Supplement to Codes of Practice – Greyhound Euthanasia (Policy number LAP05)

Guideline to Supplement to Codes of Practice – Greyhound Euthanasia 

Request form – request to retire, export, transfer or euthanase greyhound

Notification of Retirement Form