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Sub-committee visits greyhound track

27 November 2015

MPs on the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee visits Crayford Greyhound Track on Tuesday 1 December to learn more about the way racing greyhounds are cared for at UK racetracks.

The visit is part of the Sub-committee's inquiry into Greyhound Welfare. MPs meet with track management and trainers to discuss track safety, how dogs are kennelled and transported before being taken on a tour of the site. The Sub-committee also speak to vets working at the track to discuss common injuries as well as diseases and preventative treatments.

Chair's comments

Commenting ahead of the visit Neil Parish, the Chair of EFRA Committee, and MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said:

"We are very pleased to be visiting Crayford Track, to personally see the efforts being made by industry professionals at all levels to ensure that the well-being of the animals is paramount.

Our visit will provide first-hand experience of the industry and a chance to speak with industry professionals about some of the issues already raised in the written evidence. This information will support the sub-committee in our current inquiry into greyhound welfare and the suitability of existing regulations."

MPs plan a further session 8 December 2015 at Westminster to take evidence from industry representatives and the government Minister responsible for animal welfare.

Further information

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