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Those caught racing greyhounds in the ACT from April 30 next year face a year behind bars and fines of up to $15,000.

Controversial legislation banning the sport is officially on the Assembly agenda, with ACT Labor refusing to back down on its promise, as the Government did in NSW.

Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said it’s what Canberrans want.

“We know that the ACT greyhound industry can’t be divorced from the NSW industry and we can’t risk the animal welfare behaviour seen in NSW coming into the ACT,” he said.

Those leaving the industry have until June 30 next year to apply for transition support, with the Government extending the roll-out of available funding for an extra three months, to September 30 2018.

Under the new laws, greyhound breeders will have to notify the Government of new litters within seven days, so every greyhound is accounted for.

Next on the Government’s agenda, will be drafting and consulting on the new mandatory Code of Conduct, working out information-sharing agreements with other jurisdictions and helping educate racing greyhound owners in the ACT on the new rules.

But the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club isn’t taking the news lying down, vowing to fight the ban in court.

Spokesman Kel Watt said the local industry has a near 40 year unblemished animal record.

“Every staff member, every participant, every trainer, owner and person involved in the industry is absolutely unified. They are not going to go towards transition. They’re all prepared to dig in,” he said.

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