An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

THE gov­ern­ment has just missed a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the wel­fare of rac­ing grey­hounds. Both Bat­tersea Dogs Home and Dogs Trust de­scribe them­selves as very dis­ap­pointed.

Dis­ap­point­ment cen­tres around a re­view which the gov­ern­ment has just pub­lished of the Wel­fare of Rac­ing Grey­hounds Reg­u­la­tions 2010, which gave the gov­ern­ment the op­por­tu­nity to con­sid­er­ably im­prove the wel­fare of rac­ing grey­hounds but which fell short of its po­ten­tial.

Wel­fare con­cerns re­gard­ing rac­ing grey­hounds in­clude wel­fare stan­dards at train­ers’ ken­nels where grey­hounds spend 95 per cent of their time, lack of reg­u­la­tion of in­de­pen­dent race tracks and lack of in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to in­juries, euthana­sia and re­hom­ing of grey­hounds.

Bat­tersea says the dis­ap­point­ing re­view means the rac­ing in­dus­try can con­tinue to op­er­ate shrouded in se­crecy and lack­ing the trans­parency that should be ex­pected of a sport­ing in­dus­try where an­i­mals gen­er­ate mil­lions of pounds in book­maker re­ceipts.

Re­hom­ing cen­tres such as Bat­tersea Dogs Home and Dogs Trust de­serve to be heard.

It is cen­tres such as these which pick up the pieces of fail­ures of the dog rac­ing in­dus­try. So far this year Bat­tersea has taken in 62 grey­hounds. Last year Dogs Trust took in 200 ex rac­ing grey­hounds and said they had the ca­pac­ity to take in more but need the in­dus­try to make the dogs avail­able to them. Dogs Trust believe ap­prox­i­mately 3,500 rac­ing grey­hounds are un­ac­counted for each year.

The gor­geous ex-racer Tilly is lucky, she has found her­self in the care of Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home.

She is lots of fun and loves scoot­ing around Bat­tersea’s pad­docks with her favourite peo­ple, other dogs and ten­nis balls.

She is good with chil­dren and, if they are con­fi­dent with dogs, she can live with chil­dren over the age of eight. She could po­ten­tially live with a medium-large dog.

As she is an ex-racer, she needs to be kept on a lead and muz­zled in pub­lic ar­eas.

If you would like to home Tilly, she is cur­rently in fos­ter care but can be brought to Bat­tersea if you would like to meet her.

See de­tails at bat­tersea.org.uk or phone 0843 509 4444.

On a lighter note, for those who want a good night out in Lon­don, Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional is or­gan­is­ing a Stand Up For An­i­mals Com­edy Night on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 24 at Lon­don’s Com­edy Store, 1a Ox­en­den Street, SW1.

Tick­ets are £14 from the­com­e­dy­s­tore.co.uk.

n LOTS OF FUN: Tilly the grey­hound

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