HC Deb 01 March 2000 vol 345 cc287-8W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what safeguards exist concerning the welfare of racing greyhounds(a) during their working lives at (i) registered tracks and (ii) independent tracks and (b) after they retire; and if he will make a statement. [112391]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Provisions safeguarding the welfare of all domestic and captive animals in this country, including greyhounds whether on course or in retirement, are included in the Protection of Animals Act 1911 and the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960.

The British Greyhound Racing Board and the National Greyhound Racing Club, who are responsible for the sport, have regular meetings with the major animal welfare organisations. The industry also supports the work of the Retired Greyhound Trust, which is currently concentrating on expanding and properly financing local home finding schemes for retired greyhounds.