The Nationals Gippsland South Greyhounds Animal welfare

O’Brien urging locals to have their say on greyhound welfare

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is urging Gippslanders involved in the greyhound industry to provide input into proposed new rules around owning racing greyhounds.

The State Labor Government is seeking feedback on a controversial draft Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds in Victoria.

Mr O’Brien said he was concerned the draft code was government over-reach, for example with provisions that would force greyhound owners to wash and disinfect leads every week and monitor litters for “bullying” pups.

“Greyhound racing is a big part of our local community and the Sale club contributes greatly to the local region. Some of these changes would have a significant impact for local breeders and trainers.

“I’ve been contacted by locals involved in the industry who are worried that the changes proposed by the draft code will force up costs dramatically and mean reduced numbers participating in the industry.

“Those in the industry doing the wrong thing should of course be punished or banned so that a strong message of deterrence is sent to others.  But the overwhelming majority of breeders and trainers look after their animals well.

“It’s important that the people who are going to be impacted by these changes the most have their voices heard.”

Shadow Minister for Racing and The Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the Liberal-Nationals support greyhound racing in Victoria.

“Strong animal welfare standards are non-negotiable and those who do not adhere should feel the full force of the law, but we need a balanced code that allows this industry to prosper and develop and this document in its current form does not allow that,” he said.

To make a submission on the draft code visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/greyhounds/code-of-practice

Submissions close on Monday, 14 August 2017.

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and The Nationals Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, at Sale Greyhounds recently.

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