INDUSTRY CONSULTATION SUMMARY
GREYHOUND PUP BOND & BREEDING FEMALE FEE
RQ has endorsed the MacSporran recommendations and implementation of this project is in support of recommendations 4 to 7 and 14 of the final report of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry released 1 June 2015.
61. The Commission recommends that when a greyhound pup is registered as contemplated by Recommendation 4, the required registration fee should include a component for the future welfare of the dog. It is clearly unacceptable to breed dogs for racing and not take responsibility for the welfare of all dogs which are bred, irrespective of their racing ability.
62. The quantum of this fee should be assessed to be an amount which is significant enough to reinforce the importance of animal welfare within the industry.
63. The fee would attach to each greyhound during its involvement in the industry and there would need to be administrative arrangements developed to provide for the transfer of the fee whenever ownership changed. The fee would in part be refundable to the last licensee responsible for the fee upon the QRIC being satisfied that appropriate arrangements had been made for the welfare of the dog.
64. The data reflecting these circumstances should also be maintained and retained by the QRIC in an official database such as OzChase. The data should also be available to the public upon request and the payment of a reasonable fee.
DEFINE THE PROJECT
Implement the MacSporran recommendations as defined within the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry – Final Report 1 June 2015.
The purpose is to capture the intent of the recommendations and implement a bond payment system that supports industry awareness of the responsibilities of industry to ensure the ongoing care and future welfare of racing animals through to and past retirement.
To put in place measures to support the future care of animals post racing life.
To introduce a fee structure to reinforce the importance of animal welfare within the industry and encourage informed decision making for breeding decisions and the ongoing care and welfare of racing animals.
1. To increase the cost of the registration of the breeding female
a. To match that of the stud dog registration to $1,200. The cost of the breeding female registration is currently $250 as introduced as a new initiative from 1 September 2015 [GAR 127(6)]
b. The increase of $950 to be diverted to Greyhound Rehoming or Welfare Initiatives as managed by the RQ animal welfare department
2. To introduce a bond payable structure per pup at litter registration.
a. This is the age where the pups become identifiable as individuals and include mandatory micro-chipping for identification and vaccinations for the animal’s wellbeing.
b. To introduce the fee per pup at $250
c. The bond will follow the ownership throughout the Greyhounds life up to the receipt of complete and satisfactory R106 retirement notification submission to be paid to the current owner at that time
d. Where a notification is found to be unsatisfactory – the bond will be redirected to Greyhound Rehoming or Welfare Initiatives as managed by the RQ animal welfare department
a. Breeding Female Increase 1-Jul-16
b. Bond on Pup Registration 1-Mar-17
On implementation this will have a direct and significant financial impact on Greyhound owners and Breeders. Greyhound participants will need to be more subjective in the decision making stage for breeding decisions.
The MacSporran recommendation is clearly defined. The options are around pricing and timing of the placement of the bond. Racing Queensland considered the costs involved in preparing a greyhound for retirement through rehoming programs which, for GAP, comes in at approximately $500 per Greyhound. 50% of expected initial retirement costs was deemed a 'quantum significant enough to the importance of animal welfare within the industry'. Racing Queensland puts forward that to match the Greyhounds costs at $500 per pup may start to err into poor decision making based on financial constraints where stakeholders begin to choose to register lower numbers in litters than what has been produced.
It is to note that there may always be an element in an industry that knowingly make poor choices, it is RQ’s responsibility to increase awareness and provide the platform to ensure that value is placed on the Greyhound and the policing of areas where poor or wrongful decisions are made while balancing the assignment of a continuing and sustainable racing industry.