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Organisations agree to Welfare Charter

AT A meeting of the UK Greyhound Forum held on Friday November 23rd, the UK's foremost greyhound racing organisations agreed to support The Charter for the Racing Greyhound, an aspirational list of best practices produced by the animal welfare agencies that make up the Greyhound Forum.

Representatives of the National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC), the British Greyhound Racing Board (BGRB), and the Promoters Association/NGRC Promoters Ltd, agreed to endorse and use The Charter, actively encourage its endorsement and use in all racing greyhound establishments.

The Charter is intended to be of assistance to those who breed, own and train racing greyhounds and those who work within the industry. The welfare agencies' concern is that,due to the fragmented industry, there are no central rules that apply to greyhounds that race on independent tracks, and The Charter aims to give a set of guidelines to protect the racing greyhound from 'cradle to grave'.