The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is the organisation that governs licensed greyhound racing in Great Britain. It does not govern independent tracks or Northern Irish tracks and therefore has no jurisdiction over them.
It was formed in 2009 as a self-regulating body after a merger between the British Greyhound Racing Board and the National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC). The GBGB reports to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
All greyhound-racing stadia and individuals working in the registered sector are subject to the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) Rules of Racing and the Directions of the Stipendiary Stewards, who set the standards for greyhound welfare at the racecourses. Stewards’ Inquiries are held both locally and at the London headquarters and disciplinary action is taken against anyone found failing to comply.
GBGB as accredited body
The GBGB is an independently audited body which is accredited by UKAS. UKAS accreditation requires periodic audit of systems and procedures and is a guarantee that high professional standards are being met. Moreover, the annual independent audit of the GBGB’s accounts gives further assurance to the public and to the sport’s funding body, the British Greyhound Racing Fund.
GBGB as Welfare-focused organisation
Criticism of the GBGB
Greyhound Racing has attracted the interest of animal welfare specialists and animal rights activists over many years. The GBGB takes part in a number of welfare forums and has good working relations with representatives from other bodies such as the Dogs Trust and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. They also report on welfare to DEFRA and the All-Party Parliamentary Greyhound Group.
Nevertheless, the minority of animal rights activists remain strongly opposed in principle to the sport and hold periodic demonstrations at venues.
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