Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011
Regulations regarding welfare and related matters.
8.— (1) The Minister may, after consultation with the Board and the Club, by regulations make provision for the protection and enhancement of the health, welfare and care of greyhounds.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations under this section may make provision in relation to—
(a) the provision of a proper supply of food and liquid to a greyhound,
(b) the housing of greyhounds, including—
(i) the dimensions and layout of housing,
(ii) the materials to be used in constructing housing, and
(iii) lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation,
(c) the operation, management and supervision of a premises (other than a dwelling) where a greyhound is kept, traded, bred, reared, trained, raced or coursed,
(d) the standards and maintenance of premises (other than a dwelling) where a greyhound is kept, traded, bred, reared, trained, raced or coursed and equipment, facilities and amenities used in connection with a greyhound, including the implementation of biosecurity measures,
(e) the provision and maintenance of drainage, water supply or other facilities for a greyhound, the sanitation and hygiene of premises (other than a dwelling) where a greyhound is kept, traded, bred, reared, trained, raced or coursed and equipment used in connection with a greyhound,
(f) the form, content and maintenance of records in respect of which matters to which paragraph (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e) relates,
(g) the protection of greyhounds from adverse environmental conditions,
(h) the keeping, breeding or rearing, training, racing or coursing of a greyhound in such a manner as to avoid unnecessary suffering,
(i) the provision of veterinary or other specialist treatment of a greyhound, where necessary,
(j) the transport of a greyhound, including—
(i) equipment, a vessel, vehicle, container, trailer or other thing used for, or ancillary to, the transport of a greyhound, or
(ii) care of the greyhound, including feeding, watering and rest periods,
(k) the information to accompany a greyhound or to be provided before or after the greyhound is transported, including the person to whom, and manner in which, the information is to be provided, or
(l) the isolation, segregation, treatment (including disinfecting and cleaning and treatment with an insecticide or other substance), disposal or destruction of a greyhound.
(3) Regulations under this section may—
(a) apply to greyhounds generally or to greyhounds of a particular class or description,
(b) apply to premises generally or to premises of a particular class or description,
(c) apply to vehicles, vessels or equipment generally or to vehicles, vessels or equipment of a particular class or description, and
(d) apply to persons generally or to persons of a particular class or description.
(4) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with a regulation made under this section stated in the regulations to be a penal provision commits an offence.
Power pursuant exercised (1.09.2016) Welfare of Greyhounds Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 310 of 2016), in effect as per reg. 1(2).