Manawatu Standard

Greyhound racing review


Racing Minister Grant Robertson is launching a reviewinto greyhound racing, warning he is not satisfiedw­ith the industry’swork on animal welfare. A report in 2017 uncovered ‘‘unacceptab­ly high’’ rates of dog euthanasia as well as high numbers of injuries and unaccounte­d-for dogs. Robertson said recent events showed the sector still had ‘‘some way to go’’ to reach appropriat­e safety standards as recommende­d by the report. ‘‘I have informed Greyhound Racing NZ that I amnot satisfied the recommenda­tions are being implemente­d in away that is improving animal welfare, and with their failure to provide sufficient informatio­n on changes they are making. It is the responsibi­lity of the industry to hold itself accountabl­e and ensure the best possible standards of welfare for greyhounds.’’ The review– which is due to be completed by August 1 – will be led by the Racing Integrity Establishm­ent Board chair and former senior judge Sir Bruce Robertson.–

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