Remove Mandatory Muzzling for Greyhounds

Remove Mandatory Muzzling for Greyhounds

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Section 15 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 requires greyhounds in public to be muzzled unless they have gone through the industry managed Greenhounds program. Despite the NSW Government giving 'in-principle' agreement to removing this provision last year, there has been no change. There is no reason for this law and only serves to inhibit people from adopting the thousands of greyhounds that continue to be bred in the greyhound racing industry. 

We are demanding that the Local Government Minister, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, to take immediate action, remove this section and treat greyhounds the same as any other dog. 

Section 15 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 requires greyhounds in public to be muzzled unless they have gone through the industry managed Greenhounds program. Despite the NSW Government giving 'in-principle' agreement to removing this provision last year, there has been no change. There is no reason for this law and only serves to inhibit people from adopting the thousands of greyhounds that continue to be bred in the greyhound racing industry. 

We are demanding that the Local Government Minister, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, to take immediate action, remove this section and treat greyhounds the same as any other dog. 

Remove Mandatory Muzzling for Greyhounds Edit

Tell the NSW Government to follow through on their committment to remove mandatory muzzling of greyhounds in NSW. 

Dear Minister for Local Government,

Mandatory muzzling of greyhounds in public perpetuates the myth that greyhounds are inherently dangerous and this in turn drives down adoption rates. With the Government choosing to reinstate greyhound racing and failing to introduce a breeding cap, more greyhounds than ever are going to be needed to be rehomed, this change is urgently required.

This archaic blanket rule for all greyhounds is unnecessary and any muzzling requirement should be based on the behaviour of the individual dog.

The Australian Capital Territory found that mandatory muzzling of greyhounds in public is completely unnecessary and removed this requirement from the law. The RSPCA Australia is also supportive of removing this section of the law, stating that “there is no evidence to show that greyhounds as a breed pose any greater risk to the public compared to other dog breeds or mix of breeds” and that “compulsory muzzling of pet greyhounds in public occurs only in Australia and Northern Ireland. RSPCA Australia has not identified any evidence of increased safety risks or incidents/issues arising from the absence of compulsory muzzling of pet greyhounds in public places in other countries”[1].

It has has been more than a year since the NSW Government accepted the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel recomendation to remove muzzling requirements for greyhounds that are pets. We are sick of waiting. Minister, remove the muzzling requirement now!

[1] http://kb.rspca.org.au/Should-pet-greyhounds-have-to-wear-muzzles_623.html