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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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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New rules boost greyhound welfare and racing integrity

Increased animal welfare powers for Stewards, expanded drug testing facilities and a ban on Anabolic Androgenic Steroids will come into force for Victorian greyhound racing on 1 June 2016. Under the new Greyhound Australasia (GA) Rules, authorised persons such as Stewards will have the power to prohibit a greyhound from competing if it is severely…

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Hoop Arm Lure coming to The Meadows

Greyhound Racing Victoria advises that races incorporating the hoop arm lure into the catching pen will commence at The Meadows on Wednesday 15 June, 2016. All Provincial Meetings (MEP) held at The Meadows on Wednesdays for six weeks commencing Wednesday 15 June, 2016 will be run using the hoop arm lure and will finish in…

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