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cruelty

28 petitions

Update posted 2 days 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

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
14,994 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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

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
1,821 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Mid Ireland Tourism, Brendan Griffin TD, Shane Ross TD

Tourism Ireland - Stop promoting greyhound racing

Less than two weeks after RTE's Prime Time exposed dog doping and animal cruelty in the Irish greyhound industry, Tourism Ireland welcomed the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) to its stand at a major tourism event in the UK. Despite shocking revelations about the cruelty involved in greyhound racing and the damage undoubtedly being done to Ireland's international image, the greyhound board was allowed to be part of the Tourism Ireland stand at the Tourism and Travel Show 2017, held at the NEC Birmingham on March 22nd and 23rd. A photograph taken at the event shows the Irish Greyhound Board stand which prominently featured the Tourism Ireland logo. Messaging from the tourism show, the greyhound board said: "Ready to go for 2 days of selling a Night at the Dogs in Ireland to Tourism Trade at the British Tourism & Travel Show 2017". In a press release issued ahead of the show, Tourism Ireland confirmed that "Tourism Ireland is exhibiting alongside its stand partners including...Irish Greyhound Board..." The IGB's presence at the show was to encourage tour operators to direct tourists to Irish greyhound tracks. The travel show listing for the Irish Greyhound Board described a visit to a dog track as "the perfect mix of night-time entertainment, Irish culture and good food". There is, of course, no mention of the ugly reality of the greyhound industry - the suffering of dogs, the mutilations, abandonment, injuries or deaths. Speaking on the Prime Time programme, greyhound protection campaigner, Marion Fitzgibbon left no doubt about the appalling cruelty. She 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://youtu.be/PIUkAGa708s Clearly Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and other tourism bodies should have nothing to do with this disgusting industry. They should recognise that the greyhound industry is bad for Ireland's image and note the growing opposition to greyhound racing in Ireland, Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions - there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Fáilte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
35,922 supporters