The ‘Free the Snoot’ campaign was launched in 2016, with the aim to remove the breed specific legislation that requires companion greyhounds to be muzzled in public in Western Australia.
Greyhounds are the only dog breed in WA that are required to be muzzled due to an outdated law that is soon to be repealed by the WA Government.
The WA Government is following the lead of VIC & NSW Governments that have recently changed these laws.
Nowhere else in the world besides Northern Ireland and our own WA, SA and TAS are greyhounds required to be muzzled.
In July 2019, just before the statutory review of the Dog Act, we tabled petitions to both the upper & lower house of state Parliament, containing over 2,700 local signatures in support of the removal of the muzzle law.
Over the public consultation period of the Dog Act review, the state government received over 1100 submissions showing strong community support of the removal of the muzzle law.
On November 26th 2019, the WA Government announced it would change the law so pet greyhounds are no longer required to wear a muzzle in public.
In February 2020, the removal of the requirement for pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public was introduced into WA Parliament with the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020. The bill passed the lower house on 25 June 2020. Next, the bill will be debated in the upper house.
Moving forward, we encourage responsible dog ownership, and as with all dog breeds, a greyhounds temperament must be assessed and a muzzle should be worn if necessary. For a brief summary on compulsory muzzling of greyhounds click here .