Animal Studies Journal


Recent developments in New South Wales greyhound racing include a short-lived ban of the industry, followed by a ‘backflip’ on the decision, and the introduction of a new regulatory body, the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC). In this paper, case study analysis is used to evaluate how and why power dynamics have shifted away from the animal welfare concerns that advised the formation of GWIC, and fervently back towards industry interests. Using frameworks that unpack the concept of policy success, results show that policy initiatives have decentralised animal welfare to the benefit of key industry stakeholders, where causal issues are often left unaddressed. From here, recommendations are made for the consideration of the NSW Government and GWIC, ensuring animal welfare is recentralised in regulatory efforts.

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