Greyhound code launch

The AWNW are delighted to launch a Voluntary Code of Practice for the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds (Wales) which we hope the industry will adopt to meet the needs of greyhounds used for racing.

The code includes up-to-date science and key steps which racing track operators should take to meet the needs of competing greyhounds.

It was developed by an AWNW working group, chaired by Greyhound Rescue Wales’ Alain Thomas, following a request for action from the Welsh Government. Dr Nicola Rooney and Dr Samantha Gaines, the RSPCA’s head of companion animals, co-authored the code. 

Guidance includes the training of greyhounds, management at the track, vet attendance at meetings, dog breeding, transportation, biosecurity and sale. The advice is intended to ensure their welfare needs are sufficiently met throughout a dog’s involvement in the greyhound racing industry.