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Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Andrew, Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett, has said that greyhound racing has great potential for creating more jobs in Jamaica than the nation’s horse racing industry.
Dr. Bartlett, who is also close to the racing industry as a Veterinarian, was making his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, yesterday (June 4).
He noted that greyhound racing was an evening and night event, with two race meets per day totalling 24 or more races in one day.
“This is an attraction which can provide the needed nightly industry entertainment for our tourism industry,” Dr. Bartlett said.
He also informed that several potential investors and stakeholders were at the “starting gates rearing to chase the hare.”
“Currently, there are no greyhounds in Jamaica, meaning a new industry will be created starting with the importation of breeding stock, the establishment of breeding kennels and training facilities and the building of stadia,” Dr. Bartlett said.
The Member of Parliament also informed that he has been meeting with potential investors, both locally and overseas.
“I have asked the Minister in charge of animal sports industry for a meeting with these stakeholders at a time convenient to him. This is an investment opportunity that Jamaica cannot afford to miss,” Dr. Bartlett emphasised.

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