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Gain Animal Feeds a major greyhound industry sponsor

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
Ireland, Ireland

Mar 12, 2018 — Irish dairy company, Glanbia, is being urged to stop sponsoring the cruel greyhound industry.

Glanbia's Gain Animal Feeds division is a major sponsor of greyhound racing and also supports the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing.

Most recently, Gain launched the "Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select 525 Stakes" at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium in Waterford, with a a winner's prize of €13,000.

At the launch, Gain Greyhound Nutrition Brand Manager Rob O’Keeffe stated: "GAIN Greyhound Nutrition is delighted to once again partner with the Irish Greyhound Board and Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium to sponsor the prestigious Gain Greyhound Nutrition Select 525 Stakes. We see this collaboration as a unique opportunity to underpin our commitment to Irish greyhound racing classic events and our loyal customer base."

In 2015, responding to a complaint about its association with cruel hare coursing, Glanbia commented: "we do not pass judgement on sports or activities as long as they are undertaken within the confines of the law."

A shameful statement appeared on the Gain website entitled "Gain dog food dominates at the national [hare coursing] meeting in Clonmel". It stated: "Congratulations to the six Clonmel Champions for 2015... Six brilliant winners and we salute their owners, trainers and breeders."

An advert for "Gain Dog Food/Glanbia Agribusiness" appeared in the booklet for the Clonmel coursing meeting at which hares ran for their lives from greyhounds. A prominent notice in the booklet for a hare coursing meet in Carlow stated: "Co. Carlow Coursing Club wish to thank Gain". Listing winning greyhounds at the Irish Coursing Derby as one of its success stories, Gain claims that coursing greyhounds "perform better on Gain than on any other food".

In correspondence to Glanbia/Gain, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports wrote: "It is incredible that your company would choose to associate its brands with animal cruelty. Particularly as hare coursing is an internationally condemned bloodsport, is opposed by a majority of people in Ireland and is already illegal in all our neighbouring jurisdictions (Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales). We are sure that the majority of animal lovers who visited the Gain stand at 'Ireland's Family Pet Expo' would be horrified to learn of Gain's association with one of Ireland's worst forms of cruelty to animals. We call on your company to fully disassociate from hare coursing."

The cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry has been brought to the attention of Gain, i.e. dogs injured, mutilated, doped, dumped and killed.

ACTION ALERT

Call on Gain/Glanbia to stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry.

Gain Animal Feeds / Glanbia
info@gainfeeds.com, ir@glanbia.com, agricsc@glanbia.ie
Tel: +353 (0) 56 8836600
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlanbiaAgri/ and https://www.facebook.com/GAINPetFood
Tweet: @GlanbiaPlc @GainPetFood


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