STOP the proposed IGB 'greyhound CARE HOMES

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  • Apparently the IGB who already receive 16.8 million euro a year to run the IGB now want to actually CARE for retired or injured dogs (who are considered ex-racing dogs).Strange really as they did not care for the ones they had up to now despite the millions they already received.
  • WE SEE THIS PLAN AS unworkable, lacking in realistic planning and a made up excuse to continue actual Greyhound racing and gambling business. We do not (and why should we) TRUST the IGB in any way shape or form.The deaths of hundreds of thousands of ex racers justify our concern for this new idea.
  • *WE DO NOT WANT THE IGB TO BE IN CHARGE OF DOGS AT ALL.
  • *WE DO NOT WANT RACING TO CONTINUE.
  • *WE WANT TAXPAYERS MONEY SPENT ON GENUINE CARE FOR ANIMALS AND HUMANS IN NEED.

The plan anticipated is as follows.:

New “care centres” for old and injured greyhounds must have facilities for other animals.The Irish Greyhound Board, which regulates the greyhound racing industry, has issued a tender seeking providers of “retirement homes” for racing greyhounds. Facilities will include secure kennels and exercise areas. The care centres will find new homes for the greyhounds. 
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The operators of the care centres will have to provide facilities for the “socialisation” of greyhounds to include contact with other pets, including cats and rabbits. The tender is a response by the commercial semi-state body to the maltreatment of non-racing greyhounds, including animal cruelty and the euthanisation of healthy dogs. These practices were highlighted in an RTÉ Investigates programme in June.

Some 16,000 greyhounds are born every year in the Republic, but 6,000 are killed because they fail to make qualification times or are past their peak performance.

The proposed care centres will allow greyhounds to have a “home-type environment” and a visitor room where potential adopters can watch DVDs of greyhounds who have been rehomed.

The new centres must provide 24-hour veterinary cover, as well as facilities for the “socialisation” of greyhounds. The greyhounds are “to be introduced to children of all ages and children to be encouraged to walk and control the greyhound”.

The greyhounds must also have regular contact with other breeds of dog and with other domestic pets, “such as cats and rabbits”.