As animal people, we promise to be the best to our animals. Equally, we strive to ensure their care and wellbeing, every single day.

The animals are at the forefront of our industry and we strive to uphold the highest standards of care throughout their racing careers, from birth to retirement.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia is the governing body responsible for regulating the WA racing industry and we have a comprehensive welfare strategy that guides us in fulfilling our commitment to safeguard the welfare of the equine and canine athletes of the industry.

Our Vision

To set the highest standard in animal welfare for the Western Australian racing industry.

Our Mission

To ensure that current and best standards of care are provided to racing animals during all stages of their lives.

How do we achieve this?
  • With evidence-based decisions.
  • With transparent and dependable data.
  • With impactful and measurable advances in animal welfare.
Focus Areas

Equine

  • Traceability: continue to develop and effectively monitor full lifecycle tracking for all horses bred for racing.
  • Racing: enhance existing practices and regulations to support the welfare and safety of all racehorses.
  • Post-Racing: continue to support and assist horses in their transition beyond the racing industry.
  • Industry Culture and Education: maintain a culture whereby the welfare of the horses is at the forefront of all decisions.
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Greyhound

  • Governance: continue to be forward thinking and leaders in setting the standards that maximise welfare during all stages of a greyhound’s life.
  • Racing: enhance existing practices and regulations to support the welfare and safety of all greyhounds.
  • Rehoming: further support the adoption of retired greyhounds, through advances in rehoming practices.
  • Industry Culture and Education: maintain a culture whereby the welfare of the greyhounds is at the forefront of all decisions.
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