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WGRF 2003 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE QUOTES

JERRY DESMOND, PRESIDENT WGRF AND CEO IRISH GREYHOUND CLUB:

"I remain thankful and indebted to the presenters and participants for their efforts at this year's conference. The information available for both mature greyhound nations and also those developing the sport was truly amazing. The attendance of the British Veterinary Society was most welcome and added immensely to the conference agenda. Finally, as greyhound racing continues to grow worldwide I am pleased to welcome many of the developing nations to the WGRF, and I trust that with such exposure international standards for greyhound racing will continue to be observed."



DANIEL LUCIANO, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN GREYHOUND TRACK OPERATORS ASSOCIATION (AGTOA)

&quote;In my opinion it was an all inclusive conference, we covered many of the critical areas impacting greyhound racing especially animal welfare issues and track maintenance. I was very pleased that the organisation of British Track Veterinarians was able to join us to see what the WGRF is doing in relation to safety of greyhound racing surfaces and welfare of greyhounds."



GARY GUCCIONE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, USA NATIONAL GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION NGA)

"The planners have done an excellent job attracting leading authorities from around the world providing us with updates about what is happening in their areas. It has been an excellent conference, very informative and worthwhile."



JOHN NICHOLSON, SENIOR STEWARD OF THE NATIONAL GREYHOUND RACING CLUB (UNITED KINGDOM)

"It was a great pleasure to be a participant in such a prestigious conference. Such gatherings are of increasing importance as greyhound racing continues to grow across the world."



ROSS MAGIN, CHAIRMAN NEW SOUTH WALES GREYHOUND RACING ASSOCIATION

"A marvellous gathering of world expertise in greyhound matters."
 

LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION - Edward J. Keelan

The greyhound industry was honoured by former Ireland President, Dr.Patrick Hillery and his wife Maeve, when they readily accepted an invitation from WGRF President Jerry Desmond to attend a reception to honour Edward J.Keelan at the Stephens Green Club in Dublin in September 2003.

The former Irish President and former European Commissioner expressed his pleasure to be part of a ceremony to honour Mr.Keelan whose contribution to greyhound racing worldwide has been enormous.

During his address to the WGRF council members Dr.Hillery regaled his audience with his childhood memories of greyhounds in the family home and ownership in his youth in West Clare.

 

NSW GRA Chairman Ross Magin comments following a visit to Macau greyhound racing


Widespread Concern Over Greyhound Welfare

From time to time the issue of the welfare of greyhounds arises both here and overseas.

As President of the World Greyhound Racing Federation (WGRF) the only serious formal complaint of which I am aware, was over five years ago involving allegations of malpractice in Spain (Proprietary Racing).

The Federation engaged two veterinarians from the UK to investigate the complaint which they reported in their opinion was unfounded.

Questions are also asked as to the treatment of greyhounds exported from Australia.

I can only comment from first hand experience gained from my recent visit to Macau to attend the WGRF Governing Council meeting in March.

During my visit I witnessed at first hand the treatment received by imported greyhounds to the Canidrome at Macau, as most, if not all of their greyhounds are from Australia.

The Canidrome employs its own staff to train all greyhounds that race in Macau (approx 700).

As each shipment of greyhounds arrives at the track they are housed in resting kennels and allowed several weeks to recover from their shipment and to be acclimatised.

The Canidrome employs an animal welfare staff of 10 including two veterinarians. The complex has an up-to-date Veterinary Laboratory and modern equipment including x-ray facilities.

As new greyhounds arrive they are well examined for any sign of ill-health or injury.

A file is opened for each greyhound and x-ray and other tests, such as pathology tests are recorded and kept up-to-date.

All injuries are reported and greyhounds affected are placed in veterinary care.

It was interesting to learn that where a greyhound suffers traumatic injury at the track and needs to be euthanased without delay, a Club veterinarian performs this procedure.

The Club is required to keep the body until the Government Veterinary Service next visits the Club each week whereupon the registration papers are delivered up and the Government vet is able to ascertain whether there had been any maltreatment of the greyhound.

Macau is practising a first class animal welfare program

On the regular weekly visits by the Government Veterinary Service all other greyhounds that need to be put down (being non urgent cases e.g. age or disease) are assessed and if justified done so by the Government Vet. In all cases the disposal of bodies is attended to by the Government Service and checked against registration papers.

My observations lead me to believe that the Canidrome Macau is practising a first class animal welfare program which of course is also good business practice as all greyhounds imported to Macau are purchased by the club, acclimatised and perform in several trials at which stage they go up for auction among their club members.

A fit and healthy greyhound of course brings a higher price.

Once sold to members, all greyhounds remain at the racecourse complex (which include well planned kennels) and are trained by members of the Canidrome training staff, the Manager of which is an Australian Mr Ron Lambert.

 

An expose of Vietnam Greyhound Racing by Cyndi Napolitan following a visit in November 2001

Please find the article here:
http://www.globalgreyhounds.com/vietnam/vietnam.htm

 

WGRF 2000 World Conference in Sydney - GREYHOUND RACING DOWN UNDER

The NSW Government extended a warm welcome to all the participants of the WGRF 2000 World Conference held in Sydney in November 2000. The Minister for Sport, Hon Richard Face in his welcoming address said:

"I note that amongst the Conference delegates there is a rich diversity of occupational backgrounds which includes hands on industry participants, race club administrators, regulators, wagering operators, scientists and experts in the field of traditional and emerging technology.

As such I congratulate the Federation for bringing together such a pool of talent and look forward to the opportunity for informed discussion and inspiration that must surely result from the Conference."

 
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