Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
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The greyhound industry is inherently cruel with dogs injured, killed, illegally doped, mutilated and dumped. No company or organisation should support this deplorable industry through sponsorship, advertising or staff nights at tracks.
In the first ten months of 2017, at least 283 greyhounds suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland, with 96 dogs destroyed. In 2016, 427 greyhounds suffered injuries at tracks and 139 were destroyed.
Some of the horrors of the Irish greyhound industry have been highlighted on RTE's Prime Time - Limerick Animal Welfare's Marion Fitzgibbon told viewers: "We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We've had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIUkAGa708s These greyhounds are killed when they are unable to win races and make money for owners.
A former chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board admitted on Cork's 96 FM that he believes it is "absolutely" okay for thousands of dogs to be killed and that racing couldn't exist without the destruction of dogs.
The blooding of greyhounds - using live rabbits, hares, kittens and other small animals - is a cruel and illegal training method in the greyhound industry. It is believed to be common in Ireland. One Irish Independent greyhound scene journalist noted: "The bald truth is that greyhound racing would not continue to exist without blooding. It follows that, with a constant greyhound population of close on 30,000, blooding must be widespread. Don't expect an admission of that from Bord na gCon."
Due to a growing awareness about the animal cruelty and illegal doping of dogs, the Irish public is increasingly rejecting greyhound racing - evident in a 50 per cent fall in track attendance in recent years and a 58 per cent drop in sponsorship.
Greyhound racing also has a definite link to hare coursing - a cruel bloodsport which a majority in Ireland want outlawed (It is already illegal in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). All greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club. The registration fees paid fund cruel coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild for use as live bait for greyhounds to chase. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and those caught and mauled suffer painful injuries such as broken bones and dislocated hips.
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