Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Racing

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Please sign our petition calling on the Irish Government to stop funding the cruel greyhound racing "industry". Greyhound Racing Ireland (formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) - which has control over track racing and hare coursing - has received more than a quarter of a billion euros in government grants since 2001, including €19.2 million for 2021 while other desperately needy sectors of Irish society are crying out for funding.

This despicable industry is responsible for the premature deaths of huge number of greyhounds, considered no longer fit to race on the track and those who don't make the grade. As revealed in the "RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running for their Lives" documentary on 26th June 2019, around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they are not fast enough to win. Secretly filmed footage showed greyhounds being shot in the head and dumped in skips.

Watch the full documentary at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The average lifespan of a greyhound is 12-14 years, but Irish racing greyhounds can only expect to live 3-4 years. Also, many greyhounds are sent abroad to destinations that have little or no animal welfare protection legislation (e.g. China and Pakistan), where they are kept in appalling conditions and raced to death.

It is also a corrupt industry with owners and trainers "openly admitting to doping" dogs as revealed on BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, while blooding (using hares, rabbits and small animals to keep the greyhounds keen) is an "open secret" in the industry.

Given the ongoing fall in attendances at tracks, it is clear that the general public has little interest in greyhound racing. The Irish Government must stop wasting precious funds on this dying activity.

Urge the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Agriculture Minister and Finance Minister to stop the funding and back a ban on cruel greyhound racing.

An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088 OR 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Leo Varadkar
Tánaiste and Leader of Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar

Charlie McConalogue
Minister for Agriculture
Tel: (01) 618 3199
Email: charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CharlieMcConalogue
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@McConalogue

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Tel: 01 6045810
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@Paschald