This Code of Practice has been developed for participants licensed by GRNSW involved in the activity of training greyhounds and for prospective new entrants to the industry.
The Code is designed to encourage a consistent approach that will:
Provide for the welfare of greyhounds by specifying the minimum standards of accommodation, management and care that are appropriate to the physical and behavioural needs of greyhounds; and enable industry members by adhering to this Code to demonstrate their concern and duty of care for the racing greyhound.
The Code emphasises the importance of good management practices, pointing out that persons in charge of greyhounds have a legal liability under the Greyhound Racing Rules, Greyhound Racing Act 2009 No19, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1979 and Clause 20 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2006.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979, the person in charge of an animal is responsible for meeting the legal obligations of an animal’s welfare. The person in charge may be the owner or the licensed trainer who has the care and control of the greyhound.
Greyhound trainers should be familiar with their responsibilities under the relevant rules, legislation and local government ordinances. The responsibility for compliance at all times rests with the trainer and GRNSW will not be held responsible for any omissions or non compliance.
Prior to the construction of any kennel facility trainers are advised to first consult with their local council in relation to any requirements for the keeping of dogs or construction of kennels in their local council area.
This Code applies to all new and existing training or kennel facilities. However, current registered kennels will be exempt from Section 2.2 of this Code.
The overriding theme of this Code is that the well being of the greyhound must at all times be considered above the demands of owners, breeders, trainers, sponsors, officials or spectators.
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