The NSW GBOTA this week welcomed the recently released Working Dog Alliance Group (WDA) report, titled Review & Assessment of Best Practice Rearing, Socialisation, Education and Training Methods for Greyhounds in a Racing Context.
 
NSW GBOTA Chairman, Geoff Rose, stated that the report was the first step in a journey that would see the greyhound racing industry - and education and training methodologies within it - re-align with community expectations.
                                                                                                                                           
“The report is the first piece of scientific work conducted to support the industry in a long period of time… such approach was long overdue,” explained Mr Rose. 

“We strongly support the recommendation that moves from treating greyhounds as a ‘racing commodity’ to ‘performance athletes’ by re-focussing on optimising the welfare and performance of the racing greyhound.

“We whole-heartedly support the further proposed work on chasing systems and formal testing of the finish on lure racing.

“The report reinforces the need for ongoing research and this is especially important in terms of understanding chasing stimuli and best practice track design and safety requirements.

“We look forward to supporting and contributing to the implementation and the practical consideration of the initiatives outlined in the report.” 

The NSW GBOTA has previously proposed and will continue to propose with GRNSW immediate introduction of finish on lure testing at its Gosford circuit. It is also advocating a national approach for lure and chasing systems 'from whelping box to race track' and will have this position reinforced at a meeting of the Australian Greyhound Racing Association in Sydney next week.

NSW GBOTA Executive Officer, Brenton Scott, said that there was considerable alignment between the report’s recommendations and the NSW GBOTA’s own strategic priorities that aim to revamp and transform the industry, details of which will be rolled out in the coming months.
 
“The recognition of the importance of early socialisation of pups, gradual exposure for racing and post-racing life are all items firmly under our consideration in respect to the GBOTA's future contribution,” said Mr. Scott.

“We also recognise that industry financing at all levels is a further facet that requires early consideration in order to refocus the greyhound as the performance athlete.”
 
The NSW GBOTA is a strong supporter and advocate of overall industry reform and looks forward to making a leadership contribution in a vibrant and exciting future for our industry.

Footnote: Representatives of WDA will make a presentation, inclusive of a Q & A section, at the NSW GBOTA’s Trainer’s Seminar which will take place at the Greyhound Social Club on Friday, August 21, 2015. Tickets, including lunch, are $10.

Further information:

Brenton Scott
Executive Officer, NSW GBOTA
Phone (02) 8587 1206