November 10, 2015
Greyhound racing has been under the spotlight in Wales for well over 10 years, during which time there have been two reports highlighting the plight of these dogs. Although racing greyhounds has been in a steady decline over recent decades, there is still one independent, so-called ‘flapping’, track operating in Wales.
There are no current additional legal protections for racing greyhounds in Wales, but in England in 2010 Defra brought in the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010 to protect the welfare of these dogs on independent tracks, i.e. those tracks not already regulated by the Greyhound Board for Great Britain (GBGB) who have additional rules designed to protect welfare (GBGB don’t have any tracks in Wales).
The situation in England is still far from ideal, and the RSPCA has called for the welfare of racing greyhounds to be protected from cradle to grave – not simply for the relatively short time they spend on the race track. However, Wales is unfortunately lagging far behind.