The funding was secured following a voluntary agreement between Betfred, William Hill, Sky and PaddyPower Betfair, through work done by the UK Gambling Commission.
The additional funds are set to form the basis of a long term plan put forward by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, which it has called the ‘Greyhound Commitment’, aimed at ensuring that both animal welfare and the integrity of the sport are priorities.
A spokesperson for the ABB said that there was a long-standing relationship between the bookmaking industry and the sport of greyhound racing and the additional funding will help to secure the sport’s future in the UK:
“Over 95% of all retail bookmakers are now contributing to this voluntary fund and we are pleased that this additional funding will form part of a long-term strategic plan that will provide safer race tracks, training for veterinary staff and homes for retired greyhounds.”
The Minister for Sport, Mims Davies has announced that the funding will fund training for veterinary staff, as well as the expansion of post-injury rehabilitation treatment for greyhounds, more homes for former racing dogs and improvements to the current safety standards. Under the terms of the funding commitment, these projects are to be overseen by The Greyhound Trust.
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