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Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1994W, on greyhounds: animal welfare, if he will take account of representations on (a) a single system of regulation and set of national standards for greyhound racing, (b) an independent oversight body, (c) a compulsory levy on bookmakers to fund welfare improvements, (d) a central database to record injuries to greyhounds, (e) a mandatory independent veterinarian at tracks, (f) requirements for greyhounds to be able to stand up and turn around while being transported, (g) rules on race frequency, (h) independent inspections of tracks and kennels and breeders' premises, (i) micro-chipping of dogs, (j) licensing of trainers and track staff and (k) a presumption against euthanasia in considering the response of the greyhound industry to Lord Donoughue's review; and if he will make a statement. (196781)

We are currently considering proposals for the regulation of greyhound racing. The Government will, of course, take into account the recommendations made by Lord Donoughue and also the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW). There will be a full public consultation on any proposals before scrutiny by Parliament.