A grey area

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IN 2016 alone, Bat­tersea Dogs & Cats Home took in 95 un­wanted for­mer rac­ing grey­hounds, which ar­rived from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent liv­ing con­di­tions; the char­ity is now cam­paign­ing for bet­ter grey­hound-wel­fare reg­u­la­tions. Along with Re­tired Grey­hound Trust, For­ever Hounds Trust, Wood Green, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, the Ken­nel Club and Grey­hounds in Need, Bat­tersea rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended a dis­cus­sion in West­min­ster last week, with its di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions, Peter Lau­rie, re­mark­ing on the dis­ap­point­ment he felt when the Gov­ern­ment’s re­view last year of the Wel­fare of Rac­ing Grey­hounds Reg­u­la­tions 2010 did not ad­dress re­main­ing ar­eas of con­cern.

‘We’re ask­ing for [it to be] manda­tory for the in­dus­try to pub­lish wel­fare data re­lat­ing to in­jury, eu­thana­sia and rehoming or re­tire­ment num­bers,’ he ex­plains. ‘These Reg­u­la­tions should also cover train­ers’ ken­nels, which aren’t prop­erly mon­i­tored and yet are where grey­hounds spend 95% of their time.

‘For­mer rac­ers are lovely dogs and make won­der­ful pets,’ con­tin­ues Mr Lau­rie. Visit www.bat­tersea.org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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