Responding to last week’s announcement by the NSW Government to introduce new welfare standards for greyhound racing, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has called for ongoing monitoring of the outcomes to ensure best practice is achieved.
AVA president Dr Robert Johnson said the government asked the AVA to provide feedback on the recommendations made by the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel, which was established after the government reversed its decision to shut down the greyhound racing industry.
“We commended the details presented in the report. It’s an excellent document with solid recommendations. We also highlighted areas that we felt required greater veterinary involvement,” Dr Johnson said.
“We’re particularly pleased about the establishment of an independent Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission and a new governance framework that should minimise conflicts of interest and poor governance.”
However, added Dr Johnson, these recommendations can’t be implemented without veterinary input. Ease of implementation and adequate funding and resources are also essential.
“The veterinary profession will be watching closely to ensure these recommendations are implemented effectively, and we will be speaking out against any evidence of poor animal welfare outcomes,” Dr Johnson said.
“We look forward to working with the government and the industry so that the welfare issues that have been linked to this industry are a thing of the past.”
Based on a media release sourced from the AVA.