SPCA opposes dog racing

2014-06-12 00:00

THE Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has expressed concern about the government’s plans to regulate dog races with legislation.

Senior inspector Jaco Pieterse, manager of the SPCA’s special projects unit, yesterday said the Department of Trade and Industry had recently published its proposed norms and standards for gambling laws in the Government Gazette, including the regulation of dog races.

Pieterse said the government should not even consider mentioning dog races in its gambling legislation. Dog races had been banned in South Africa since 1949, although there are gamblers who are guilty of abusing dogs in races.

Pieterse said dogs that are raced are very abused and will become the SPCA’s problem.

The SPCA said in a statement racing dogs are mostly kept in small cages, sometimes up to 20 hours a day. They are often injured during races and do not get medical treatment.

The SPCA said dog races should be totally banned and appealed to the civil society to comment on the proposed gambling legislation.

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