Dublin hotel staff THREATENED AND ABUSED by greyhound racing supporters
Oct 2, 2019 —
Supporters of the nasty greyhound industry - in which dogs are injured, doped, mutilated and mercilessly killed - have ABUSED AND THREATENED staff at a popular Dublin hotel. The vile campaign of intimidation has led to Buswell’s Hotel (located opposite Dail Eireann) cancelling - on health and safety grounds - a booking for a major anti-greyhound racing conference.
The “Greyhounds Around the Globe” conference on 30 November is attracting visitors to Ireland from around the world, with delegates attending from England, Scotland, the USA, Italy, Australia, Macau and other countries. Among those due to speak are TDs Maureen O’Sullivan, Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger.
The conference follows a shocking RTE Investigates documentary which revealed that 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they are not fast enough to win races. This has led to calls for an end to government funding for greyhound racing (over a quarter of a billion euros since 2001) and a ban on the activity.
The shameful targeting of the hotel by those involved in greyhound racing comes as Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland announce an end to their promotion of greyhound racing as a tourist attraction. The widely welcomed decision was made amid growing fears that greyhound racing is damaging Ireland’s image internationally.
ICABS has brought this latest example of greyhound racing damaging Ireland’s tourist trade to the attention of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who this week disappointingly revealed in Dail Eireann that he visits Shelbourne Park stadium - one of the worst tracks in Ireland for dog injuries and deaths. Among the victims was a young greyhound who collapsed and died from a heart attack after a race in August.
Read more below in the Irish Times report and stay tuned for details about a new venue for the Greyhounds Around the Globe conference. Please scroll down for an Action Alert and join us in demanding that the government permanently stops all funding for cruel greyhound racing.
Hotel cancels anti-greyhound racing conference after abuse received
Buswells Hotel pulls booking after ‘abusive calls’ to staff and negative social media posts
Irish Times, 2 October 2019
A conference organised by anti-greyhound racing groups has had its booking cancelled by a city centre hotel after it received a number of negative social media posts and abusive phone calls opposing the event.
Greyhounds Around the Globe, an animal rights conference organised in partnership with the Irish Council Against Blood Sports, was due to be held in Buswells Hotel on November 30th.
However, the booking was cancelled by the well-known Dublin city hotel after the negative posts on its social media pages and staff fielded the some abusive calls.
Carey Theil, a founder of a US group organising the conference, Grey2k, said the event would go ahead after a new venue was found.
The Irish greyhound racing industry has been under increasing scrutiny in recent months following an RTÉ Investigates documentary, which revealed the culling of thousands of dogs over poor performances. The controversy led several sponsors to pull their support for the sport.
A manager at Buswells emailed the conference organisers, Grey2k, on Monday informing it that the booking was being cancelled.
“The hotel has received a large number of adverse postings on Facebook over the weekend that places the hotel in a difficult situation,” the manager said in emails seen by The Irish Times.
“This event is bringing the hotel into disrepute and injuring its reputation. The hotel has been inundated with crank and abusive calls today with members of my staff being threatened, this behaviour is placing the hotel in an extraordinary situation.
“Having considered the event and possible disruption to both you as an organiser and the hotels day-to-day operations, and the threat of protests from members of the public, we have decided there is a real and significant risk to the health and safety of the hotel, its staff and event participants.”
Speakers at the planned animal rights conference included international academics, several TDs and animal welfare activists.
Buswells, located opposite Leinster House on Molesworth Street, is a popular location for events hosted by political and civil society groups and press conferences.
In a joint statement, Grey2k and the Irish Council Against Blood Sports said they would not be deterred or bullied by those complaining. The statement criticised the online campaign against the conference as an attempt “to silence public debate”. They said a new venue would be announced for the conference in the coming days.
A spokesman for Buswells Hotel confirmed the conference booking had been cancelled. “We don’t comment on bookings ... However we have been subject to a number of negative social media posts, and abusive calls” in relation to the greyhound conference, he said.
NOTE: The “Greyhounds Around the Globe” conference will take place on 30 November. The new venue will be announced soon.
Watch "RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives" to witness the horrors of greyhound racing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM
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