ACT Greyhound Muzzle Law Repealed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 CEO Tammy Ven Dange was happy with the news, “This recent tri-partisan decision has shown that our ACT Government is once again leading the country for animal welfare standards. Now, these gentle giants can walk in public just like every other dog in Canberra, and that is without a muzzle by default. On behalf of the greyhounds, thank you!”
The legislation that required greyhounds to be muzzled in public was a carryover from the out-dated Dog Control Act 1975. The RSPCA believes that the use of muzzles should be based on the behaviour of each individual dog – not what they look like or their breed.
The muzzling laws gave a negative misconception that Greyhounds are aggressive dogs. In reality, greyhounds generally have friendly and gentle dispositions and make fantastic pets.
RSPCA ACT hopes that with this final BSL repealed in the ACT, it will encourage other states and territories to follow suit and encourages people to think about adopting a greyhound in the future.