A grey area
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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