Crisis Averted With Draft Bill To Be Amended

A Department of Primary Industries Draft Bill which, if not challenged, would have outlawed FSI in NSW for all domestic animals will be amended.

Peter Davis

4 February 2022

A Department of Primary Industries Draft Bill which, if not challenged, would have outlawed frozen semen insemination (FSI) in NSW for all domestic animals will be radically amended.

The greyhound industry – through representations by the Dubbo Club, Greyhound Racing NSW and NSW Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission – secured an important meeting with local member and Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders at Dubbo’s Dawson Park on Thursday.

Saunders gave the gathering his undivided assurance that Frozen Semen procedures would be removed from the banned procedures noted in the proposed bill which, in effect, will supplant the Protection of Cruelty to Animals Act.

At Dawson Park, vet John Newell considered frozen implants for breeding was the least invasive surgery undertaken by a vet.

“The surgery takes just on seven minutes and is far less traumatic and complicated that spaying (desexing) a canine,” Dr Newell said.

“If the bureaucrats want to ban FSI, the desexing of companion animals would also need to be banned on a welfare basis.”

Minister Saunders inherited the Draft Bill when he secured the portfolio before Christmas yet quickly agreed to the Dubbo meeting with greyhound racing representatives and unequivocally confirmed the removal of the FSI element.

Dawson Park is undergoing a face lift and a new judges tower, stewards room, installation of new power and Brooks timing systems are well progressed.

The club next races on Wednesday, February 23 while the country’s richest middle distance race – namely the GRNSW Country Classic (605m) offering $125,000-to-the-winner – is now less than six weeks away.