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GBGB Announced Plans to Reopen Greyhound Racing

GBGB Announced Plans to Reopen Greyhound Racing


The Great Britain Greyhound Board (GBGB) announced that it has plans for the resumption of Greyhound racing behind closed doors once the government relaxes current restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

The provisional proposal consists of five phases, the duration of which will be about two weeks each. The new policy will be subject to strict controls in compliance with the measures taken by the British government.

Greyhound racing in the UK has been suspended since march 24, although the GBGB had initially implemented closed-door racing shortly before national confinement took effect.

Planned opening

During phase one of the reopening program, test meetings would be held behind closed doors.

While in phase two, the races would be resumed with the places closed.

Each meeting would have a maximum of 10 races with a minimum of 30 minutes between races.

In phase three, the races would continue behind closed doors, according to the GBGB proposal, only it would increase to 12 the number of races per meeting and there would be a distance of 25 minutes between each race.

The same would be for phase four, except that there would be no limit to the number of races and there would only be a 20-minute gap between races.

In the last phase, the races would normally be run with the assistance of people who could hold meetings and would be subject to the measures of personal distancing and public meetings adopted by the government.

Appropriate health and safety protocols.

This policy will be updated in accordance with future government guidelines on this matter, said the GBGB.

GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird said:

“We all recognize that a quick return to some form of career is the right course of action, not only for the financial impact on coaches and owners, but also for the physiological needs of greyhounds as canine athletes.”

Bird added that:

“However, we have expressed that it would be irresponsible to try to resume careers without taking the time to fully prepare and adopt all appropriate health and safety protocols.”

He also said that this operational policy is “an effective means for the gradual introduction of a return to greyhound racing, prioritizing in the first instance graduate races to support the vast majority of greyhounds and with the minimum amount of movement between racetracks.”

Mark Bird is confident that this proposed process provides “the best opportunity to progress quickly and safely through the phases for an eventual resumption of normal race activity, albeit behind closed doors.”

The proposal will be submitted for consideration by the UK Department for Digital Affairs, Culture, Media and Sports and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The GBGB plans were announced after the British Horseracing Association released a provisional racing schedule, prior to the resumption of the sport. The resumption of the races will take place from may 23 to 24.

Source: https://www.igamingbusiness.com/news/gbgb-sets-out-plans-greyhound-racings-return

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COVID-19: Why are greyhound and horse racing continuing in a pandemic?

COVID-19: Why are greyhound and horse racing continuing in a pandemic?

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Why are greyhound and horse racing continuing in a pandemic?


Written by: Senator Mehreen Faruqi


COVID-19 has hit our country like a sledgehammer, with the double whammy of a health emergency and an economic shock.

We are told we need to do the right thing and make sacrifices to save lives, and that is exactly what everyone is doing.

Well, almost everyone. It seems there are a few select industries operating above the law.

No prizes for guessing they are the gambling and racing industries.

While the rest of the state’s non-essential industries are shutting down, horse and greyhound racing continues with reckless abandon everywhere other than Tasmania.

It is mind-boggling that racing would be considered essential.

Even putting aside the broader ethics of animal racing and the well-documented animal cruelty in both horse and dog racing, it is just plain selfish and risky to human health to hold races in the middle of a pandemic.

Animal racing involves participants driving long distances at a time when we are all being told to stay at home.

We are all trying to stop the spread and flatten the curve.

But while police move people on from sunbathing in a park, the racing industry is bringing dozens together at tracks around the country, where social distancing rules can’t be met.

It seems there is one rule for the powerful gambling-fuelled racing industry and another for the rest of us.

In the last month, racing bodies have put in place new rules, including banning crowds at events and designating greyhound racing zones to minimise travel.

But these piecemeal changes made by the industry are designed to protect their revenue, not people.

Even under the introduced ‘zoned system’, where participants can only race in a designated geographic zone, participants are travelling hundreds of kilometres at a time to race.

It is apparently perfectly okay for a greyhound trainer in Bega to travel almost four hours to race a dog in this age of COVID-19. In Sydney, all racers are being encouraged to travel to Richmond. Even worse, almost a third of participants are over 65, an age group vulnerable in the pandemic.

Now that racing is one of the last organised sports for gambling to stay open, it has a virtual monopoly on gambling revenue which it is intent on protecting, it seems even at the cost of human health.

To protect people, racing needs to be shut down nationally right now.

To protect animals, we need measures in place to look after their welfare throughout this crisis, including ensuring essential animal care work such as feeding and exercising can continue.

When the industries inevitably cry poor on this front, we should remember they make millions off racing these animals.

They can afford to put their money where their mouth is and take care of them now.

The big question: why is racing allowed to go on?

The cynic in me says vested interests.

The NSW and Victorian governments made $130 million in revenue from gambling on horse and greyhound racing in 2017–18 alone.

With organised sports suspended and clubs and pubs now shut due to the public health crisis, the government is losing lucrative revenue from gaming machines and sports betting.

We must never forget that gambling revenue is in fact financial losses from people that in many cases they can’t afford to lose in the first place.

Gambling is a parasitic industry that survives off people with a gambling addiction.

Andrew Miller, President of the AMA in Western Australia has the right idea, stating that racing should be put on hold to respect the rest of the community.

The health of the community should be top priority, not gambling profits.

It’s time the Prime Minister and State and Territory governments stood up to the gambling industry and made them follow the same rules as the rest of us.


Written by

Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is a Greens Senator in the Federal Parliament.


Source: MEDIUM.com  Senator Mehreen Faruqi


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SIGN PETITION:  STOP NEW TRACK in Queensland – Australia

SIGN PETITION: STOP NEW TRACK in Queensland – Australia

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Dear friends,

It’s bad enough that there are 64 dog tracks in Australia, but now another one is in the works.

In October 2019, the Queensland government announced its support for the return of dog racing to Ipswich and a new $39 million dollar facility.

Construction is expected to start in 2022 with inaugural races to be held by the end of 2023.

Australian greyhound advocates led by Animal Liberation Queensland, Friends of the Hound and the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds are fighting back!

You can help by signing a new petition to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk now.


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Sixty-nine dogs were killed and more than 1,200 injured at Qld’s six tracks in 2019.

Four-year-old Indiana Princess was the first to die in 2020.

She broke her leg and was destroyed on New Year’s Day.


Indiana Princess broke her leg during this catastrophic collision


Greyhounds in Australia are under constant threat.

An internal report revealed that the industry is responsible for the deaths of as many as 17,000 healthy greyhounds each year.

The “Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry,” known as the McHugh Report, found that at least 50% of greyhound puppies whelped were deliberately killed because they were not fast enough.

A new track will only grow this cruel market and put greater pressures on underfunded, volunteer rescue organizations.


Please help spare the lives of greyhounds Down Under and sign our new petition today.


Jeroen van Kernebeek
Australian Director
GREY2K USA Worldwide

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Link: https://grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-020320-aus.html

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“One Step Forward” – She was just 3 years old and this happened 13 seconds into the race.

“One Step Forward” – She was just 3 years old and this happened 13 seconds into the race.

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“One Step Forward” wasn’t killed at the end of her race like the other 61 greyhounds who have been put to death on Australian tracks in 2020.

She violently collided with other greyhounds, was thrown through the air and broke her back.

It killed her.

She was just 3 years old and this happened 13 seconds into the race.


This is unimaginable suffering imposed by a disgraceful industry.


Source: Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

Link: https://www.facebook.com/1399337737039887/posts/2269819063325079/?d=n

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Codiv-19 – it is imperative to shut down greyhound racing today!

Codiv-19 – it is imperative to shut down greyhound racing today!


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Disgraceful scenes at Cork’s Curraheen Park greyhound stadium yesterday (21 March 2020) as track staff and owners/trainers continue to ignore official government advice to stay at least 2 metres away from each other.

Despite the fact that the trackside stands are virtually empty, individuals can be seen disregarding social distancing guidelines and watching races shoulder-to-shoulder.

See images at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmM7xaT1

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris to act in the interests of public safety and immediately shut down all greyhound tracks.

Video footage posted on the Irish Greyhound Board [IGB] website clearly shows track staff and greyhound owners at Curraheen Park and other tracks around the country failing to heed Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines.

The IGB appears to be trying to hide footage of the moment greyhound trainers simultaneously rush in to retrieve dogs after races have ended. In most cases, the video unusually pans away swiftly before this can be seen. But in some cases – for example at Longford track – up to six greyhound owners or trainers can be seen crowding in together to grab the dogs.

In a statement on Monday, the IGB claimed that “social distancing [would] be fully observed at all times”, adding that “this is a critical measure to be observed by all”. From the evidence on its own website, this is clearly not being observed.

The IGB claims that “our approach at this time is to continue to support the greyhound community whilst managing risks in accordance with the latest guidance from Government/HSE”.

Official Government/HSE guidance clearly states: “Avoid close contact with people – keep a distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and others”

In an letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Harris, ICABS stated: “This cannot be allowed to continue. In the interests of public safety and doing everything possible to slow the spread of COVID 19, it is imperative for you to shut down greyhound racing today.”


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Join us in urging the government to immediately close greyhound tracks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
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Simon Harris, TD
Minister for Health
Phone: 01-6354000
Email: [email protected]
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Tweet: https://twitter.com/SimonHarrisTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds has been approved for greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, greyhound racing has received more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Please contact your local TDs and demand that they vote against this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/…

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding and redirect the money to the many worthy causes crying out for funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leave a comment on Facebook:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now

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COVID-19 virus – GREY2K USA Worldwide want to offer you our friendship, support and thanks

COVID-19 virus – GREY2K USA Worldwide want to offer you our friendship, support and thanks

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Dear Friends,

As the world struggles to understand and address the threat of the COVID-19 virus, we at GREY2K USA Worldwide want to offer you our friendship, support and thanks.

We also want to let you know what is happening to greyhounds at racetracks during this challenging time.

Thankfully, half of the Florida tracks had already closed and now Orange Park and the Palm Beach Kennel Club have followed suit.

Daytona will soon join the list, with its last race scheduled for March 28.

The remaining three are “playing it by ear.”

The Arkansas track has closed down along with both West Virginia tracks as well as the only operational facilities in Texas and Iowa.

Scotland’s Shawfield has closed until further notice.

In Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK, tracks are closed to the public but races continue.

Mexico and Vietnam have announced no change in activities.

You may follow this evolving situation on GREY2K’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


For the moment, our hope for all of you is to stay home with your family, two and four-footed.

Studies show that the love of companion animals reduces stress and contributes to overall human health.

So hug your hound today.





Christine A. Dorchak, Esq.


GREY2K USA Worldwide


Carey M. Theil

Executive Director

GREY2K USA Worldwide


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