Tasracing launches latest animal welfare initiative

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Tasracing will allocate $100,000 for racing animal welfare initiatives through its recently launched Racing Animal Welfare (RAW) Grants Program 2024-25.

The funding will be provided across three broad categories:

  • Animal Health Research – up to $20,000 for projects promoting health care and welfare for racing animals.
  • Facilities and Equipment – up to $10,000 for projects improving facilities or equipment that directly impact animal welfare.
  • Initiatives to Enhance Animal Welfare – up to $5,000 for projects contributing to enhanced animal welfare standards.

Tasracing Chief Veterinary & Animal Welfare Officer Dr Martin Lenz said the company was committed to optimising animal welfare outcomes in the racing industry, across all three codes of racing.

“Through these grants we are aiming to provide further support to organisations and individuals that assist in providing good animal welfare outcomes for racing animals,” he said.

Dr Lenz said importantly, the grants would support projects that improved the welfare of Tasmanian racing animals during and after their racing careers.

These could be initiatives that increased the breadth of career options and non-competitive pathways available for retired thoroughbred and standardbred racehorses, as well as providing funding for organisations rehoming greyhounds.

The RAW Grants Program provides funding for eligible applicants from Tasmanian-based registered not-for-profit organisations, charities and businesses, or sole traders.

For application guidelines and to apply for a grant, applicants should visit https://tasracing.smartygrants.com.au/

Applications close on 7 June 2024. Successful grant applicants will be announced on 28 June 2024.

For more information please visit Empowering Animal Welfare Initiatives.