On 16 January 2020 the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission released a draft NSW Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice and called for feedback.
CPG made a submission and also launched a petition calling on Racing Minister Kevin Anderson to reject the draft Code as it would lead to more greyhound suffering and death. The petition featured the quotes included below from leading animal welfare groups in Australia and overseas highlighting the many failings in the sub-standard Code. The petition received over 38,000 signatures and almost 1,400 comments highlighting the failings of the Code.
While there are many, many things wrong with the final version of the Code, at least two things were achieved for actively racing greyhounds:
- the minimum 30 minutes of exercise for adult racing greyhounds that had been omitted from the draft Code was included in the final Code,
- the minimum housing pen space for a racing greyhound was increased from 3m2 to 3.5m2.
The final Code will be implemented on 1 January 2021.
What did animal experts say about the code
“When the New South Wales government backtracked on its plans to introduce a greyhound racing ban, Australians were dismayed that thousands of dogs would continue to suffer in this abusive and unjustifiable industry. The latest smoke screen is a ‘draft welfare code’ that does nothing to protect greyhounds, allowing them to be held in tiny kennels, left without social interaction, and even killed. The weakness of this code exposes the truth: greyhound racing can’t occur without animal cruelty and must be shut down.
Dennis Anderson, National President, Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds