Position Statement The Australian Greyhound Federation 5 February 2017
The Australian Greyhound Federation (AGF) supports industry leadership that provides a vibrant and sustainable future for the Australian Greyhound industry. It does this in conjunction with its established state affiliated bodies by assisting with advocating to state authorities, Greyhounds Australasia, and all tiers of governments.
To this end, we constantly call on everyone involved in greyhound racing to support reform and the safeguarding of our industry into the future, by implementing best practices. From our state leaders across the board to all participants, we must think industry first and ensure we leave a strong legacy for those that follow.
We support policies that are workable within the framework of a racing industry and we look to earn support and engage with governments and political parties through our actions.
Australian greyhound racing has entered into a new and exciting era, one in which it is seeking to establish itself as a world leader in animal welfare. This is an era where integrity, transparency and accountability are paramount to everything that we do.
AGF is currently advocating five key national policy platforms :
1. Full Life Cycle for each greyhound The industry is deeply committed to the full natural lifecycle of its greyhounds:.
Full commitment to retirement and rehoming
Full life cycle tracking with transparency and accountability
Responsible breeding, at a sustainable level
2. Maximisation of greyhounds that race
“If the greyhound chases, it races”
We support grading systems that provide for and reward all levels and also that supports greyhounds as they age ‘
Cradle to Couch’
reward based chasing systems : .
Develop a rearing and education system that commences with young dogs and maintains continuity throughout to the racetrack
Support for reward based lure systems, which evidently maximises the level of greyhounds that race and prolongs race careers (Australia being the only country with catching pens in use)
Safe Track design study underway by UTS is supported:.
QA systems developed for track design and maintenance
Strategies to reduce racefield congestion and interference
3. Stamping out the use of illegal drugs in racing and supporting positive medicine
Participants intentionally using illicit substances not wanted by the industry
Proper scientific evaluation of threshold and detection levels, including peer testing
Differentiation in penalty system between drug cheats and drugs used for therapeutic purposes or through food or other contamination sources
4. Supporting all participants
Fair go for all, hobbyists through to professionals.
Reward system for engagement with industry goals
Fair revenue sharing arrangements
Export of wagering product and vision.
Strategies to maintain and increase quality of wagering product, including stimulation of small field size wagering should smaller / 6 dog fields be considered
Supporting exporting of greyhounds to countries with positive welfare and a look at a more supportive role with animal welfare education in developing greyhound nations
Industry infrastructure investment to support positive animal welfare and training systems
5. Identification of Talented Participants
Development of a pool of participants with a balance of skills and experience to support industry advancement projects.
Advocating for industry steering committees to be appointed to extract maximum industry value from studies such as Safe Tracks and Chasing Stimuli.