Grant Robertson announces review of greyhound racing industry amid animal welfare concerns

The Government has announced a review of the greyhound racing industry, amid concerns over animal welfare.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing Grant Robertson confirmed on Friday an investigation will be conducted into the work being done to ensure the welfare and safety of animals.

It comes as a result of recommendations stemming from the Hansen Report - an independent review of greyhound racing conducted by the New Zealand Racing Board in 2018 - which Robertson believes the industry has since failed to put in place.

"While Greyhound Racing NZ has reported some progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hansen Report, recent incidents show the industry still has some way to go to achieve the appropriate standards," Robertson says.

"I have informed Greyhound Racing NZ that I am not satisfied the recommendations are being implemented in a way that is improving animal welfare, and with their failure to provide sufficient information on changes they are making.

"It is the responsibility of the industry to hold itself accountable and ensure the best possible standards of welfare for greyhounds."

If the latest review proves no progress has been made since the Hansen Report, another independent investigation may be commissioned, Robertson adds.

Sir Bruce Robertson - a former senior judge and the current chair of the Racing Integrity Establishment Board - has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected to be completed by August 1.