MEDIA STATEMENT BY GREYHOUND RACING VICTORIA

The decision by the NSW Government to close down greyhound racing in NSW is based on circumstances that are very different to Victoria, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Chairperson Bernie Carolan said today. The decision follows the report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in New South Wales released today. “The closure…

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CEO Monthly Update July 2016

It has again been another very busy month for Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV). Seven of GRV’s eleven stakeholder engagement workshops (covering nine topics) have now been held, generating comprehensive discussion and new thinking about a range of issues, and this is covered in more detail in this edition of Greyhound Monthly Victoria. One workshop topic, breeding and breeding controls, looked at how we can make sure that enough greyhounds will reach the tracks ready to race for the sport’s long term future, while also ensuring that as many retired greyhounds as possible will have the best rehoming opportunities. On this subject, GRV has also been studying a recent downward trend in litter numbers and the implications this has for future breeding controls.

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Greyhound Adoption Program plans for growth after biggest year yet

Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) achieved a record 895 greyhound adoptions in 2015-16, taking the number of dogs re-homed through the program since 1996 to nearly 7000. However, Greyhound Racing Victoria’s (GRV) new General Manager for Animal Welfare, Dr Gavin Goble, said today that GAP, run by GRV as Australia’s largest greyhound adoption agency, needed…

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National rules for new substance thresholds

New national rules clarifying thresholds for testosterone in males and arsenic, along with a clarified definition of “presented” for race events, come into force for Victorian greyhound racing from 1 July 2016. Under new Greyhounds Australia Rule (GAR) 83 (12), testosterone as evidenced by the urinary metabolite 5β-androstane-3α, 17β-diol found in swabs from male greyhounds at…

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New Local Rules focus on animal welfare and integrity

New local rules covering rehoming greyhounds (LR42.6), euthanasia (LR42.7 to 42.10), lures (LR42.11 to 42.27), live baiting, greyhound properties and suspended and disqualified persons, will come into effect on 14 June 2016 in Victoria. The new rules, many in direct response to recommendations in the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Chief Veterinary Officer Victoria reports, will…

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CEO Monthly Update – June 2016

GRV had its biggest ever GAP Adoption Day on 1 May with a record 70 dogs finding new homes. This was a great effort by everyone involved, particularly GAP’s foster carers and other volunteers who did a wonderful job looking after the dogs and talking with their potential new owners. Then on 4 May, the Warrnambool Cup Rock ‘n’ Race night drew one of its largest audiences ever with around 1800 people coming along for great racing and live entertainment.

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