Injury and Retirement

As a country of animal lovers and sports lovers, it is vital that animal welfare is at the heart of greyhound racing.

We demand the highest standards of welfare from all our owners, trainers and racetracks and are proud to oversee a sport with world-class integrity.

This approach is encapsulated within our Greyhound Commitment. Launched in 2018, this eight-point manifesto has been welcomed by owners, trainers and wider stakeholders and has quickly become the blueprint for how our industry is run.

Much has been achieved in the Commitment's first year, including the introduction of a series of initiatives that assist everyone in our industry to deliver a sport that is safe, welfare-driven and run with outstanding integrity.

We have now published our first annual update on the Greyhound Commitment, which you can read below.

It details the progress which has been made on all eight facets of the Commitment, as well as setting out our targets and ambitions for improving standards further.
Read 'The First Year' Update See the full Commitment

Key Injury and Retirement Figures

As the regulator for greyhound racing in Great Britain, we are responsible for the welfare of all registered racing greyhounds – from registration to retirement.

Each year we publish national injury and retirement data for our licensed stadia. Our injury rates continue to be the lowest independently verified figures in the world and, through our Greyhound Commitment, we are determined to reduce these still further.

Independent Veterinary Surgeons are present at all GBGB licensed tracks to check the health and wellbeing of every greyhound both before and after racing, and to provide emergency care in the event that any dog needs it.

For more information about injuries in greyhound racing, see our Veterinary Director’s blog.

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