Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011

11.

Restriction on breeding.

11.— (1) A person who causes or permits a greyhound bitch to be mated, inseminated or otherwise used for breeding purposes unless the bitch has reached the age of 15 months commits an offence.

(2) A person who causes or permits a greyhound bitch to give birth to more than 6 litters during her lifetime or, if subsection (3) applies, 8 litters, commits an offence.

(3) A person may permit a greyhound bitch to give birth to no more than two additional litters to the 6 litters referred to in F1 [ subsection (2) ] if, prior to a mating or insemination leading to such birth—

( a) a veterinary practitioner certifies that the pregnancy and birth do not present a risk to the health or welfare of the bitch, and

( b) the certificate is lodged with the Club.

F2 [ (3A) Only the progeny from the first 6 litters, or the first 8 litters where subsection (3) applies, of a greyhound bitch may be registered in the Irish Greyhound Stud Book.

(3B) A person who attempts to register a greyhound in contravention of section (3A) commits an offence. ]

(4) The keeper of the Irish Greyhound Stud Book shall not enter in the Irish Greyhound Stud Book the progeny of mating or the product of breeding which is the result of mating, insemination or breeding in contravention of this section.