Battersea weighs in on Greyhound welfare

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has added its voice to a number of prestigious animal charities campaigning for change on Greyhound welfare.

Representatives from the world-famous animal charity joined a host of others at an event in Westminster on Tuesday (17 Jan) to discuss with Members of Parliament the needs of racing Greyhounds and what needs to be done to better protect and safeguard their wellbeing.

In 2016 alone, Battersea took in 95 unwanted, ex-racing Greyhounds. The conditions in which Greyhounds are kept, and in which they arrive at Battersea, can vary wildly, and the Home is involved with campaigning to promote and monitor standards for racing and post-racing Greyhounds across Britain.

Battersea's Director of Operations, Peter Laurie, said: "The current Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010 have delivered some important improvements. However, we believe there's much more to do. This is why we were so disappointed when the Government’s review last year did not propose additional requirements to address remaining areas of concern.

"We're asking for the 2010 Regulations to be amended to make it mandatory for the industry to publish welfare data relating to injury, euthanasia and rehoming or retirement numbers. These Regulations should also cover trainers' kennels, which aren't properly monitored, and yet are where Greyhounds spend 95% of their time.

"Battersea works closely with other Greyhound welfare charities, and is an active member of the Greyhound Forum. As a result, we’re pleased to take in many ex-racers, who are lovely dogs and make wonderful pets in the right environment. As with all our residents, we’re committed to ensuring they go to the right homes with responsible new owners."

Current Greyhounds at Battersea searching for their forever homes include Jason, an 18-month-old ex-racer. Friendly and affectionate with both humans and other dogs, he loves to curl up and snooze the day away.

There is also beautiful brown-and-white 18-month-old Blitz and his kennelmate, four-year-old Beauty, who can be rehomed separately or as a pair. Both affectionate and eager for a fuss, these two would enjoy home comforts for the first time.

To enquire about any of the Greyhounds at Battersea or to see other dogs available for rehoming, please visit our website.