Greyhound animal welfare

The greyhound racing industry, its promoters and regulators are responsible for the welfare of greyhound racing dogs.

If you're a greyhound owner, you must take responsibility for your greyhound's welfare and make sure trainers and others follow welfare rules.

Greyhound welfare

Greyhounds have the same rights as other animals, including all of the following:

  • access to food and water
  • safe and secure accommodation and living conditions
  • prevention and treatment of disease or injury
  • control of parasites
  • freedom from fear and distress.

How to meet your requirements

To help you meet welfare requirements, the Northern Territory Racing Commission (NTRC) has created a policy for the welfare of racing greyhounds.

The policy is for new and current greyhound owners, trainers and other people responsible for greyhounds.

It sets guidelines on topics including:

  • ownership
  • housing
  • training
  • breeding
  • retirement.

This policy also:

  • specifies minimum requirements for housing, physical and behavioural needs
    • including those used for breeding and rearing, boarding and training
  • helps appointed officials assess each individual and property where greyhounds are kept
  • ensures industry participants show their duty of care for greyhounds.

To find out more, read the greyhound racing welfare policy PDF (429.3 KB).


Last updated: 30 March 2022

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