WA restricts greyhound breeding to registered persons only

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WEST AUSTRALIA”S lead racing regulatory body has today announced that all greyhounds intended for rehoming will now be required to be sterilised prior to or during the rehoming process. The new rules will become effective 1st January 2018. In a victory for commonsense that would do well to be replicated nationwide, Racing and Wagering Western…

This policy has much merit but has far more many negatives than positives. In effect,it is blanket sterilization of a breed once they have no further racing use.This could be said to be one step below genicide. Greyhounds have been around for thousands of years, circle racing has been around for one hundred years.
This enforced type of program borders on Stalinism -"a totalitarian state in which the governing authority takes total,centralised control over every aspect which is the public and private life. "
1.Will stop inadvertent breeding, producing cross breeds with minimal road sense. Especially in suburbia.
2.Positive political outcomes for ruling authorities, who will be able to remove these dogs from their data base,won’t have to track the dogs welfare for the rest of its life,and can place responsibility onto local councils and associated domestic canine authorities. Well done.
Negatives :
1.Increased financial costs on owners -if an owner with limited finances has to choose between sterilization ($300-1000) , with a small subsidy (15%),or euthanasia ($100+),what form do you think they will fill out?
2.Forced decision making -owners will have only one opportunity to register as a breeder or be forced into sterilization. Many participants have previously given away ex racers to unlicensed friends as pets who have over time become registered owners,bred litters out of the same pet,and produced quality race dogs,such is the blue collar reach of greyhound breeding and racing. This definitely won’t happen any more.
3.Restraint of Trade-racing is not the only industry which uses greyhounds in being a productive part of society. Prisons (including some in WA,but not NSW ),use ownership of greyhounds to teach prisoners transitioning back into public life much needed responsibility, with amazing results.This fledgling program will no doubt evolve, possibly to include responsibilities associated with breeding,whelping and rearing. Not with this regulation.
4.Food industry -many food industries using working and hunting dogs have introduced greyhounds or greyhound cross breeds to their stock.Grain farmers will use greyhounds to keep roos out of yielding paddocks and to help eradicate feral foxes,rabbits and other vermin with great success. Wild pig hunters, who are a sizeable meat producer for the pet food industry and also for the export industry of human consumable meat,use greyhounds, stag hounds, great danes,ridgebacks and other sighthound breeds over their robust lugging dogs for obvious results. Speed and the chasing instinct inherent to sighthounds. This industry keeps many people in the top end employed on a seasonal basis. To not allow this industry access to fertile, retired race dogs will force them to purchase pups before they are ear branded.These pups could have gone on to become top shelf racers.

With some tweaking,exemption and discretionary clauses, and total funding of desexing by the state,this could a very well rounded policy.