Despite an overwhelming response from the public to the recent Greyhound Welfare Consultation, calling for a ban on betting or at the very least statutory regulation, Defra are proposing the government afford the racing industry – who do not enforce the Animal Welfare Act – the continued freedom to self regulate GBGB tracks and the local authorities to license independent tracks.
However, according to LACORS – the government body that coordinate Local Authorities in England – the proposed regulations do not contain any offence, inviting track owners to break the law and leaving councils with no powers to prosecute them. As a consequence racing greyhounds will continue to receive NO protection under the Animal Welfare Act – on or off the tracks.
These proposals will ensure the protection of one thing only – the millions of pounds profits amassed by the gambling industry and the revenue generated for the government – through the betting on greyhounds.
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