Sunday 23 July 2017

IGB welcomes new legal guidelines

Currently, there is no legislation prohibiting the exports of greyhounds. Stock image
Currently, there is no legislation prohibiting the exports of greyhounds. Stock image
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Proposed legal guidelines, which will oversee greyhound exports, have been strongly welcomed by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) - but there is a warning further action may be needed at EU level.

A statement from the IGB said current concerns over exports relate to all dogs and not just greyhounds. The board, at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said it welcomed proposed legislation on greyhound exports.

However, it also cautioned action may be needed at an EU level. The meeting of the committee discussed the 'General Scheme of Greyhound Industry Bill' which will help regulate exports.

Currently, there is no legislation prohibiting the exports of greyhounds. The IGB had already stated its opposition to exporting to countries which do not meet Ireland's welfare standards.

The board says movement of all dogs between member states is currently set "on a European level". Accordingly, this may require any further legal changes to have an EU dimension, rather than be regarded as a "national measure" which the authorities here pursue in isolation.

At the committee meeting, the IGB proposed a new greyhound traceability system to underpin welfare improvements.

Sunday Independent

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