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cruelty

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Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Bank of Ireland, Gain Animal Feeds / Glanbia, Gain Feeds Sales Manager, Barry's Tea, Botanica International, FBD Insurance, Kasko Pet Food, Permanent TSB, Best Car Parks, Irish Independent, Galway Crystal, EOS IT Solutions, Pettitts Supervalu Enniscorthy, Tennents Lager, Tennents Lager CEO, Fonez

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry

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 past three years alone, over a thousand greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were destroyed by track vets. In 2017, at least 357 greyhounds suffered injuries and 124 dogs were destroyed.Meanwhile, at least 2,649 greyhounds have been destroyed in Irish pounds in the past eight years. 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 help 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.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
18,482 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to GAA , Kerry GAA, Down GAA, Down GAA Secretary, Kildare GAA, St. Brendans GAA, St. Brendans GAA PRO, St Mary's Hurling and Camogie Club Clonmel, St Mary's Hurling and Camogie Club - Secretary, St. Lachtains GAA Club Secretary, St. Lachtains GAA Club Chairman, Portlaoise GAA

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks

The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) should act NOW to stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. Numerous clubs (including junior clubs) have held fundraisers at tracks - gambling venues where dogs suffer injuries and die. Given recent revelations about gambling addiction problems among GAA players, it is entirely inappropriate and irresponsible for GAA clubs to choose gambling venues as fundraising locations. Allowing clubs to expose players to a gambling environment is at odds with the GAA's stated concerns about the growing problem of gambling and it undermines efforts to educate players about gambling addiction. The GAA should also consider the fact that the greyhound industry is inherently cruel and that those attending fundraisers at tracks may witness injured dogs writhing in agony and crying out in pain. In the past three years alone, over a thousand dogs have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were killed by track vets. In addition, an estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing each year, presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races. One Irish trainer remarked online: "I've seen dogs being shot. It has to be done as there's too many of them to rehome." 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. Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep the cruel greyhound industry afloat - the track takes a 30-40 per cent commission from ticket sales and also profits from gambling and food/drink sales on the night. The cruel bloodsport of hare coursing also indirectly benefits - all greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club and the registration fees help fund coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds at coursing meetings. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings. We are appealing to the GAA and its local clubs to show compassion for the animals and reject the cruel greyhound industry. ACTION ALERT Join us in urging the GAA to instruct member clubs to reject greyhound racing as a form of fundraising. Email: queries@gaa.ieLeave a comment on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/officialgaaTweet to @officialgaa

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
4,065 supporters