To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria:
The petition of the Greyhound Equality Society (GES) and residents of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the 2015 inquiry into the legislative and regulatory framework relating to restricted breed dogs that resulted in the Economy and Infrastructure Committee recommending ending the requirement for non-racing greyhounds to be muzzled in Victoria. Despite this all-party recommendation, the government ordered an additional investigation by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, which we believe is superfluous to the extensive and comprehensive inquiry already undertaken in 2015.
We would also like to draw to the attention of the house that the following organisations and government offices also fully support ending the requirement for non-racing greyhounds to be muzzled in Victoria: Australian Veterinary Association, RSPCA, NSW Greyhound Industry Reform Panel, the ACT government and Greyhound Racing Victoria.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria observe the clear recommendations of the above-mentioned inquiry of 2015 and remove the requirement for non-racing greyhounds to be muzzled in Victoria and not wait until 2018 for the outcome of the above-mentioned superfluous investigation.
By Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) (2048 signatures).