Tasracing statement in response to Animal Liberation Tasmania social media post

Tuesday 15 August 2023

The latest social media post by Animal Liberation Tasmania (ALT) and its claims about a greyhound called Just Like Jazzy contains a number of inaccuracies that need to be corrected.

To begin with, the post inaccurately lists Michael Sherriff as the greyhound’s trainer.

The social media post also indicates that Just Like Jazzy has been “retired”. This part of the post also requires correction, but first some context.

The OzChase system (used in Tasmania and all other states except Victoria) lists Just Like Jazzy as “deceased”, which is correct. The Victorian system (Fast Track) has Just Like Jazzy as being retired.

The Tasracing Animal Welfare Review, initiated by Tasracing and conducted by Dr David Sykes, recommended the development of an accurate and up-to-date location record system for all greyhounds at the point of rehoming and provide new owners with the opportunity to continue to maintain that information on the central data base through mobile touchpoint technology. Tasracing endorses and supports the implementation of this approach.

Finally, the RSPCA has been provided with funding for greyhound traceability post-retirement, and provided an additional $200,000 to support the new racing integrity model.

Tasracing will keep a watching brief on this and the performance of the RSPCA in this important piece of work.