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The Greyhound Forum

 Animal welfare charities and organisations in conjunction with greyhound industry officials coming together to improve the lives of greyhounds.

The Greyhound Forum is formed of a coalition of animal welfare charities and organisations1 and industry bodies including the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) and the Racecourse Promoters Association.

The animal welfare charities and organisations within the forum recognise that greyhound racing is an emotive issue and understands why some individuals and organisations disagree with it. Further, we acknowledge that there remain much-needed improvements to safeguard greyhound welfare from cradle to grave. Within the UK, greyhound racing remains a legal sport with a significant proportion of the industry regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB). Through establishing the forum and working with industry regulators we have helped achieve positive change for welfare2 and we remain of the belief that this approach is the best way to ensure that every greyhound is afforded at least a life worth living.

In 2018, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain developed an eight point commitment to protect and improve greyhounds involved in racing. Unless sufficient and sustained income is realised, the industry will struggle to fulfil these aims and safeguard welfare. The forum’s current focus is therefore to work with the industry to secure this.

1 The animal welfare organisations comprise: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross, the British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust, Greyhounds in Need, Greyhound Trust; Greyhound Rescue Wales, Kennel Club, RSPCA, Wood Green.

2 Positive change includes: cooperation between “rescues” to find good homes for retired greyhounds; the instigation of Animal Welfare Officers at all regulated tracks and continual lobbying for annual injury statistics which were delivered for the first time in 2018; reduced euthanasia; the elevation of welfare to be the top strategic and funding priority for GBGB (whereas previously, under NGRC, it was “integrity”); the current regulations; the PAS and CoP for kennels; greater transparency from the industry.

Animal welfare charities and organisations:
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, Greyhounds in Need, Greyhound Rescue Wales, The Kennel Club, Retired Greyhound Trust, RSPCA, Wood Green.


 


Industry officials:

Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Racecourse Promoters Association

Media Enquiries

For media inquiries please contact

Clarissa Baldwin CBE
chairmangreyhoundforum@gmail.com

Dogs Trust press office
pressoffice@dogstrust.org.uk
0207 837 0006

Rehoming of Greyhounds

If you are interested in rehoming a greyhound, please click on any of the charity logos above to find out more about greyhounds available for rehoming’