South Australia’s Greyhound Racing industry has been given two years to clean itself up or it risks losing State Government support.
Triggered by disturbing footage of a trainer kicking and punching a dog at Murray Bridge, an independent inquiry into the industry has outlined 86 recommendations.
The Inquiry’s recommendations include significant animal welfare, integrity and administrative reforms to be progressed by Greyhound Racing South Australia, overseen by an independent Greyhound Industry Reform Inspector (GIRI) appointed by the State Government.
Other recommendations would see better tracking of greyhounds from birth, the implementation of an on-track vet folder, hair testing as a more regular feature of drug testing, better track safety initiatives like increased straight track racing and improvements to the Greyhounds As Pets program.
A copy of the report of the Independent Inquiry into the Governance is available at the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing website.