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SA to Legalise Greyhound
The South African government banned greyhound racing
in the 1940’s but the sport may soon be legal again.
Public hearings are to be held in Port Elizabeth at the
University’s law department on Friday, the 20th February,
as part of the national Department of Trade & Industry
initiative to examine the sport.
It is expected that a large
number of people will attend the hearings. Amatwini is the
company that is driving to have the sport legalized again.
This move is being hotly contested by animal rights groups,
who say that racing greyhounds is cruel.
Amatwini claims that the
initial banning was due to the sport being considered as
a ‘social evil’ and that is was not banned because
of cruelty to animals. Amatwini Sport Director Andrew Callis
was reported as saying “The National Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is making a bit issue out
of this – there are no reported cases of dog abuse
or any other conviction because of animal cruelty.”
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