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RED C poll: Two thirds majority want Govt to stop funding greyhound racing

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
Ireland, Ireland

Oct 3, 2019 — 

A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) and Greyhound Action Ireland (GAI) shows that two out of every three Irish adults agree that the government should stop funding greyhound racing.

The results of the poll, which was carried out between September 19th and 23rd, should increase pressure on the government to end its funding of an industry responsible for killing between 6,000 and 10,000 greyhounds every year simply because they can’t run fast enough.

Results of the RED C poll:

The Irish Government should stop funding greyhound racing

66% Agree
16% Disagree
18% Don't Know

Of those stating an opinion, 80% of these agree that the Irish Government should stop funding greyhound racing while 20% disagree with this.

At the recent Public Accounts Committee hearing attended by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), several TDs expressed their unhappiness at the scale of public funding of greyhound racing, an activity which continues to decline in popularity year on year. Among the facts singled out for particular mention at that hearing were the following:

- Greyhound racing gets €323,000 a week from the public purse - since 2001, more than a quarter of a billion euros has been granted to the Irish Greyhound Board, including €16.8 million for 2019.

- Attendance at greyhound meetings has fallen to an average of 319, down 19% in 2018 compared to 2017. The IGB has admitted that since the end of June when the PrimeTime Investigates programme lifted the lid on the horrific treatment of dogs in this industry, attendance has fallen by a further 20%.

- Turnover from racing has fallen dramatically in recent years, from €32.9 million in 2010 to €22.7 million in 2017.

The current government, and previous governments, have increased their funding of greyhound racing in inverse proportion to its popularity among the Irish public. This waste of public money on a cruel and dying industry must stop.

If Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe, goes ahead and gives another €16.8 million to the IGB on October 8th, then serious questions must be asked as to why he insists on throwing good money after bad in the face of significant public opposition the funding.



Since 2001, the Irish Government has paid out more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers' money to greyhound racing. It is time for these grants to be finally ended. Not a single cent more of public funds should end up in this shameful industry. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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Irish Government grants to greyhound racing

2001 €11,777,583
2002 €13,613,163
2003 €12,837,200
2004 €13,382,800
2005 €13,670,000
2006 €14,012,000
2007 €14,572,000
2008 €15,257,000
2009 €13,625,600
2010 €11,852,800
2011 €11,460,000
2012 €11,258,000
2013 €11,004,000
2014 €10,844,000
2015 €13,600,000
2016 €14,800,000
2017 €16,000,000
2018 €16,000,000
2019 €16,800,000

Total: €256 million (€0.256 Billion)

Source of grant figures: Agriculture Minister Michael Creed in response to a Dail Question in December 2018

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