Bank of Ireland urged to stop sponsoring greyhound racing
Feb 14, 2018 — The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is appealing to Bank of Ireland to end its support for the cruel greyhound industry.
Among the greyhound races sponsored by Bank of Ireland in recent years was the "2017 Bank of Ireland Finance [BIF] National Produce Stake" at Clonmel track with over €32,000 on offer for greyhound owners and breeders. In a previous year, the same event "kindly sponsored by Bank of Ireland Finance" saw €42,000 in prize money.
In a report in last week's Nationalist newspaper, Bank of Ireland's Pat Creed - who is also on the board of the Irish Greyhound Board - is photographed next to a coursing greyhound jointly-owned by his wife and the wife of the chairman of Clonmel Greyhound Track https://www.nationalist.ie/news/sport/295789/annual-coursing-festival-in-clonmel-set-to-benefit-from-later-date.html
Also in The Nationalist photograph is the trainer of the greyhound, Owen McKenna. McKenna was sentenced to a prison term in 1994 after he was filmed by a BBC journalist at a greyhound blooding session in Tipperary. The judge described the crime as "horrible savagery". The video footage which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q33yiORJfXs shows McKenna "present as the McKenna dogs are fed live rabbits". The rabbit cries are clearly audible.
The Nationalist reports that "Pat Creed is a member of the Irish Greyhound Board, and in his role with Bank of Ireland Finance has been responsible for securing sponsorship for the Produce Stakes at Clonmel Greyhound Track for the past number of years."
According to the latest Irish Greyhound Board annual report, "Pat Creed joined the IGB board in 2015. He has been the Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance since 2006. He has 32 years banking experience with Bank of Ireland in various Senior Management roles."
In an email to Bank of Ireland this week, ICABS expressed disappointment at the company's support for an industry in which dogs are injured, mutilated, killed, doped and dumped - particularly at a time when a growing number of people are rejecting greyhound racing due to the inherent cruelty and killing involved."
"Track attendance and sponsorship have been falling year after year and it is sad to see Bank of Ireland helping to keep the industry alive through tens of thousands of euros of financial support," we added.
ICABS has previously appealed to Bank of Ireland to stop sponsoring greyhound racing. In unacklowedged emails sent last June, we urged the bank to show compassion for the dogs and end its support for the industry.
Urge Bank of Ireland to consider the suffering and killing of greyhounds and stop sponsoring the cruel greyhound industry.
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