Advocates lap up greyhound law changes

Sophie ElliottBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Greyhound Awareness volunteer Sue Holmes shows off muzzle-free, Maisie, alongside Barbara Kuhlmann and Piper, and group found Jacky Kemp with retired racer, Lucy.
Camera IconBusselton Greyhound Awareness volunteer Sue Holmes shows off muzzle-free, Maisie, alongside Barbara Kuhlmann and Piper, and group found Jacky Kemp with retired racer, Lucy. Credit: Picture: Sophie Elliott

Local animal welfare advocates are celebrating the State Government’s decision to scrap laws which forced pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public.

The current requirement in the Dog Act 1976 will be removed next year.

Community consultation regarding the Act was undertaken earlier this year.

Busselton Greyhound Awareness has spent the past three years acquiring signatures for a petition tabled by greyhound welfare advocacy group, Free The Hounds.

The State Government received 1192 written submissions advocating for retired racing greyhounds to be muzzle-free in public places.

A 2700 signature petition seeking an end to compulsory greyhound muzzling laws for pet greyhounds was also provided.

Busselton Greyhound Awareness founder Jacky Kemp said the group was thrilled to have played a part in the legislative change.

“We are absolutely delighted,” she said.

“This change reinforces what we say, which is that every dog is different. It is about responsible pet ownership, rather than discriminating against a particular breed.”

Local Government Minister David Templeman said removing the requirement for pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public would improve the welfare of the animals and increase retired racing greyhound adoption.

“I encourage every Western Australian to consider adoption, whether this is a greyhound from a rehoming agency or a dog from an animal refuge, as an alternative to purchase when getting their next dog,” he said.

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