ACT Greyhound Muzzle Law Repealed
RSPCA ACT would like to congratulate the ACT Government for repealing the enforcement of the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) of greyhounds in the ACT. Previously by law, greyhounds needed to be muzzled when in public unless they went through a special assessment program. Furthermore, there was a restriction on the number of greyhounds that could be walked at the same time.
RSPCA ACT wishes to congratulate the NSW Government for passing legislation late last night with a 49 to 30 vote to ban greyhound racing in NSW.
While the ACT Government was unable to prepare similar legislation prior to the coming caretaker period, there is no doubt that the NSW decision will impact the greyhound racing industry in the ACT.
In response to widespread criticism and illegal activities, NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced a state-wide ban on the Greyhound Racing Industry. All eyes are now on the ACT Government for how they will respond.
The Special Commission of Inquiry into Greyhound Racing opened Pandora's box on the disturbing realities of the industry and the complete disregard for the lives of animals.
The report revealed the mass slaughter of greyhounds, the use of "live baiting", and the "systemic deception of the public concerning the numbers of deaths and injuries of dogs."
It has just been announced that the ACT Government will follow New South Wale’s lead and ban Greyhound Racing in the Territory.
NSW Premier Mike Baird announced earlier today that the NSW Government would end the practice on the 1st July 2017. All eyes were now on the ACT Government and the future of the industry in the Canberra region.
At 4pm they released a statement declaring their intentions of developing processes to end the practice, “There is no future for this industry in the ACT”.