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353 greyhounds injured and 121 killed at Irish tracks in 2018

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
Ireland, Ireland

Feb 23, 2019 — 

353 greyhounds suffered injuries and 121 were killed at tracks around Ireland in 2018, the Minister for Agriculture has confirmed.

It brings to 1,559 the number of greyhounds injured and 506 the number of greyhounds killed at Irish tracks in the past four years alone.

The figures were obtained by Clare Daly TD through a Dail question to the Agriculture Minister.

Minister Michael Creed told Deputy Daly that the Irish Greyhound Board informed him that there were “353 injuries of varying degree and following veterinary advice, 121 greyhounds were euthanized”.

Injuries to hocks, wrists, legs, necks and tails were among those suffered by the dogs. Dogs also died from “suspected heart attack” - one at Curraheen Park on 29th June and another on 4th May at Clonmel track.

A track-by-track breakdown of these new figures is not yet available but the statistics for January to September showed that Limerick stadium (headquarters of the Irish Greyhound Board) was the worst for dog injuries (39). This was followed by Shelbourne Park (37 injuries), Galway (26 injuries), Mullingar (26 injuries), Enniscorthy (23 injuries), Curraheen Park (22 injuries), Tralee (20 injuries), etc.

In the same period, the track with the highest number of dogs destroyed was Mullingar where 12 dogs were “put to sleep” by a track vet. At Cork’s Curraheen Park, 11 greyhounds were destroyed (exactly half of those injured), while at Limerick stadium, another 10 lost their lives. Thurles Park track had the highest injury to death rate, with two thirds of injured greyhounds killed (i.e. 6 injured and 4 destroyed).

The figures are based on "reported" injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year - presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

It's time for the government to bring the cruel greyhound industry to an end by stopping the millions of euros in funding that is keeping it afloat. Nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers' money has been handed over to greyhound racing since 2001, including €16.8 million for 2019.


Don't attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in an appeal to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to stop funding the cruel greyhound industry.

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2018: Injuries: 353. Deaths 121

2017: Injuries: 357. Deaths: 124

2016: Injuries: 427. Deaths: 139

2015: Injuries: 422. Deaths: 122

Greyhound injuries and deaths by track
(January to September 2018)

Clonmel 15, 06
Curraheen Park 22, 11
Dundalk 10, 06
Enniscorthy 23, 00
Galway 26, 06
Kilkenny 08, 02
Lifford 12, 06
Limerick 39, 10
Longford 07, 00
Mullingar 26, 12
Newbridge 14, 07
Shelbourne Park 37, 08
Thurles 06, 04
Tralee 20, 07
Waterford 08, 04
Youghal 10, 04

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