The change is here!!
NSW Local Government Minister Don Page on 25th October 2011 unveiled a new program which will allow pet Greyhounds to become muzzle free in public places. This has been labelled Greenhounds, and is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government and Greyhound Racing NSW.
Details about this new program are available from the Greenhounds website.
The sequence is as follows:
- You, as an owner of an existing pet Greyhound, are able to apply for a 6-week retraining program from the Greenhounds site. The retraining will be conducted in your own home by you.
- After successful completion of this program you can select an approved assessor to administer the GAP National Temperament Test.
A number of assessors are available and listed on the Greenhounds website.
Note that assessors will charge a fee for this.
- A pass in this test plus the completed in-house workbook should then be sent to the Greenhounds organisation with a fee (currently $49.50). This will then, after the necessary administration work, result in a Green Collar being issued for each Greyhound that qualifies.
The issued Green Collar allows the Greyhound who has earned it to go unmuzzled in a public place while wearing the Green Collar.
The change to the Companion Animal Act can be found here - scroll down to 33B in Part 5.
We have been actively campaigning for over a decade to get the legislation amended to allow Greyhounds, who have been through our GAP program, to be exempt from wearing muzzles. We are pleased that there is now a process.
We thank all our supporters who have written (often numerous times over many years) to their state MP or the various Ministers for Local Government.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 November 2012 )