Greyhound racing has been under the spotlight in Wales for well over 10 years, during which time there have been two reports highlighting the plight of these dogs. Although racing greyhounds has been in a steady decline over recent decades, there is still one independent, so-called 'flapping', track operating in Wales.
There are no current additional legal protections for racing greyhounds in Wales, but in England, in 2010, Defra brought in the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010 to protect the welfare of these dogs on independent tracks, i.e. those tracks not already regulated by the Greyhound Board for Great Britain (GBGB) who have additional rules designed to protect welfare (GBGB don't have any tracks in Wales).
In 2020, the Welsh Government, in conjunction with the Animal Welfare Network for Wales, published a Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds. The Code was a big step forward for the Sector, but greater work is needed to ensure compliance. The Code can be found online here.