The Racing Post revealed today that major UK online bookmakers have agreed to make voluntary contributions to the British Greyhound Racing Fund on internet turnover which should mean an additional £3million to the sport a year.
The Minister for Sport Mims Davies is reported as saying that the funding will contribute towards the welfare of greyhounds and the rehoming of retired greyhounds. She said, “I’m delighted to have reached an agreement with leading operators to ensure the welfare of our greyhounds is protected and improved through this fund”.
The firms involved are Betfred, William Hill, Sky Betting and Gaming and Paddy Power Betfair and they now join Ladbrokes Coral, bet365 and JenningsBet who had already made voluntary commitments.
Mark Bird, the GBGB managing director Mark Bird also welcomed the development and said, The Greyhound Board are extremely grateful for the conclusion of the mediation and the commitment of the major bookmakers to contribute additional funds from their online businesses”. He added that the majority of the extra funding will go towards supporting greyhound welfare standards, both throughout their racing careers but also as part of their homing process following retirement from the sport”.