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Dogs Trust calls for statutory levy on bookmakers
The number of racing greyhounds being put to sleep or passing away in 2018 remained consistent with that of 2017.

Charity responds to latest figures on greyhound injuries

Rehoming and adoption charity Dogs Trust has called for a statutory levy on bookmakers to contribute towards the welfare of greyhounds.

The call comes after figures from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) revealed that the number of racing greyhounds being put to sleep or passing away in 2018 remained consistent with that of 2017.

In a statement on its website, Dogs Trust hailed the report as ‘another step towards an open and honest greyhound industry’. But it stressed that the overall percentage of greyhounds passing away ‘is still too many’.

“We will continue to work with the industry via the Greyhound Forum to push for improvement to protect greyhound welfare both on and off the track as well as into their retirement,” the charity said.

“The need for additional funding is also paramount and we are calling for a statutory levy to require all bookmakers to contribute to the welfare of the greyhounds who are so critical to this industry.”

The report, The Greyhound Commitment - The First Year, revealed that out of 426,139 runs in 2018, there were 4,963 injuries. This is a racing injury rate of 1.16 per cent which is consistent with 2017.

In the same year, the number of greyhounds put to sleep trackside fell from 257 to 242.

The full report is available to view at www.gbgb.org.uk

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

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Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”