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GREYHOUND TRACKS INSTITUTE NEW MEASURES ADDRESSING ANIMAL WELFARE

 GREYHOUND TRACKS INSTITUTE NEW MEASURES ADDRESSING ANIMAL WELFARE
 NORTH MIAMI, Fla., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA) today announced the passage of several new resolutions designed to ensure the welfare of racing greyhounds. The measures were unanimously passed by the membership at the AGTOA's executive session held on March 17, 1992, in Tucson, Ariz.
 "Animal welfare has long been an issue of primary concern to AGTOA member tracks," Fred Havenick, newly elected president of the AGTOA, said. "The passage of these new resolutions further reinforces our commitment to the welfare of the racing greyhound."
 The following animal welfare initiatives were adopted by the AGTOA, and all member tracks are urged to comply:
 -- All contracts between the tracks and kennel operators will be
 amended to include the following stipulations:
 o Any kennel found to be using any type of live lure will be
 banned from racing at the track.
 o All greyhounds not transported to another track for racing,
 to a farm for breeding or to an adoption program must be
 returned to their owners.
 o If it is necessary to euthanize a greyhound, it must be done
 by one of the following categories of individuals: track
 veterinarians, licensed veterinarians or approved agencies
 (county animal control agency or local humane society) and
 should include humane disposal.
 -- Every AGTOA member track shall have a greyhound adoption
 program and actively promote greyhound adoptions. A model
 adoption program was approved and distributed to the members as
 a guide.
 -- Every AGTOA member track shall hold periodic, unannounced
 inspections of the racing kennels located in the vicinity of
 the race track. These inspections are separate from those of
 the racing commission and are subject to local laws.
 -- Every AGTOA member track shall work with its state racing
 commission to promote the following:
 o Licensing of all greyhound-related individuals.
 o Holding inspections of greyhound kennels and farms
 independent of inspections being implemented by track
 personnel.
 o Having more stringent controls by the stewards/judges with
 regard to the welfare of greyhounds.
 The American Greyhound Track Operators Association, formed in April 1946, is a nonprofit corporation composed of the owners and operators of 51 greyhound tracks located throughout the United States. Membership is open to all lawfully licensed greyhound race tracks, whether owned by individuals, partnerships or corporations.
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 /CONTACT: George Johnson of AGTOA, 305-893-2101; or Cristie Drumm of Hill and Knowlton, 303-623-7772, for AGTOA/ CO: American Greyhound Track Operators Association ST: Florida IN: SU:


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