RACE DAY: A 12-race meeting is set down for decision at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club today. Story, fields and tips on page 24. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
RACE DAY: A 12-race meeting is set down for decision at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club today. Story, fields and tips on page 24. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Blue Paws ended under new strategy

GREYHOUND Racing NSW will end the Blue Paws NSW Breeders and Owners Incentive Scheme after an internal review found it was not consistent with the National Greyhound Welfare Strategy.

Blue Paws was established in 2006 to promote, develop and encourage increased investment in the NSW breeding industry. Given a renewed focus on responsible breeding practices within the sport, GRNSW made the decision to suspend Blue Paws nominations in May to allow management to undertake a review of the scheme.

"GRNSW is developing and implementing a range of measures to improve welfare outcomes in NSW greyhound racing," GRNSW interim CEO Paul Newson .

"This includes introducing measures to tackle over-breeding and promote responsible breeding practices.

"The end of Blue Paws ties in with the future strategic approach that is currently under development by GRNSW."

The last Blue Paws race where greyhounds will be eligible for bonus payments under the scheme will be held on June 30.

GRNSW will refund Blue Paws nomination fees for nominated greyhounds that have raced since January 1, 2015 and not won a TAB maiden race and unraced nominated greyhounds under two years of age. Any greyhound that is retired from racing will not be eligible for a refund.

Full details: Go to http://www.thedogs.com.au.



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