Greyhound Exports to China

The Australian Government does not condone animal cruelty and takes this issue very seriously.

The Government’s role is limited under the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004 to issuing export permits and health certificates for dogs that assures the animal meets importing country requirements. Once exported dogs reach their destination, they come under the jurisdiction of the importing country.

Australia is recognised as a world leader in animal welfare. The Government works hard to promote the improvement of welfare standards internationally through our long history of active involvement with the World Organisation of Animal Health, however, under international law we cannot dictate the animal welfare standards adopted in other countries.


I am aware of the recent media report regarding greyhounds being raced in China. I want to make it absolutely clear, the Coalition does not condone any form of animal cruelty. Since 2013 there has been a significant reduction in greyhounds exported to China. During 2016–17, there have been no exports of greyhounds to China.

I am also aware of the impending closure of the greyhound racing facility in Macau. These greyhounds would be able to be returned to Australia but will need to meet the import process for dogs which requires testing, treatments and examinations to manage biosecurity risks.

The Government supports the work of Greyhounds Australasia and their efforts to improve welfare outcomes both domestically and when greyhounds are exported.

I want to reiterate, the Coalition does not condone any form of animal cruelty.