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Petition to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD, Andrew Doyle TD, Paschal Donohoe, Simon Coveney, Dept of Finance, Brendan Howlin TD, Micheál Martin TD

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Please sign our petition calling on the Irish Government to stop funding the cruel greyhound racing industry. The Irish Greyhound Board - which has control over track racing and hare coursing - received 16 million euro of hard-earned taxpayers' money in the latest budget (an increase of over a million euro compared to the previous year's figure), while other desperately needy sectors of Irish society saw cuts in grant aid.This despicable industry is responsible for the premature deaths of huge number of greyhounds, considered no longer fit to race on the track and those who don't make the grade. The average lifespan of a greyhound is 12-14 years, but Irish racing greyhounds can only expect to live 3-4 years. Also, many greyhounds are sent abroad to destinations that have little or no animal welfare protection legislation, where they are kept in appalling conditions and raced to death.It is also a corrupt industry with owners and trainers "openly admitting to doping" dogs as revealed on BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, while blooding (using hares, rabbits and small animals to keep the greyhounds keen) is an "open secret" in the industry.Given the ongoing fall in attendances at tracks, it is clear that the general public has little interest in greyhound racing. The Irish Government must stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry.An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Government Buildings, Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2 Telephone: +353 (0)1 619 4020 Email:, Leave a comment on Facebook: to: @campaignforLeo Paschal DonohoeMinister for FinanceEmail:, +353 (0)1 6045810Leave a comment on Facebook: to @PaschaldMichael CreedMinister for Agriculturemichael.creed@oir.ieAndrew Doyle TDMinister of State, Dept of

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
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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

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." 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
13,736 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Lufthansa Airline, Lufthansa CEO, Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa Cargo - Joe Reid, Lufthansa Cargo - Customer Relations

Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China

Greyhound protection group, CAGED Northwest, has reported that "Lufthansa are the airline shipping greyhounds to their death in Macau, China". On its Facebook page, CAGED (Campaign Against Greyhound Exploitation & Death) states: "The following detail was brought to us via numerous reliable sources; 'Six greyhounds were transported by Lufthansa airlines from Dublin to Hong Kong on 12th April 2016'." The doomed Irish dogs were destined for the infamous Canidrome, condemned as the world's deadliest racetrack from where no dog gets out alive. As many as 800 greyhounds are housed at the Canidrome, with racing taking place five nights a week on a track that is deemed by animal welfarists on the ground as too hard, resulting in injuries to dogs. If a greyhound does not finish in the top three in five races in a row, he/she is destroyed. It is understood that around 400 dogs are killed by lethal injection each year and every greyhound arriving at the track is dead within three years. During a four day period from April 30th to May 3rd 2016, over 50 dog injuries were documented on the Canidrome website. These included bite wounds, torn hip-supporting muscle, fractured paw, lame leg, swollen leg, inflamed joint and wounded tail. Greyhounds were also listed as having arthritis, eye infection, ear infection and dermatitis. Incredibly, many dogs with bite wounds, arthritis and torn muscles were said to be "cured" before a clearance certificate was issued for them to be used at the next race. In response to dozens of complaints posted online, Lufthansa is not denying that it was the airline that flew the dogs to China. One complaint stated: "I have learnt that Lufthansa are the airline that transport greyhounds from Ireland to Macau for a life of misery in the Canidrome." The official reply from Lufthansa: "Please appeal to your responsible authorities to change the legal framework that allows such mistreatments to happen. As a company, we are not able to determine the purpose for which animals are making their journey." This response from Lufthansa is in stark contrast to that of other airlines. For example, Emirates Airlines moved quickly to confirm to the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that it has "never shipped greyhounds to China (Hong Kong or Macau) on our services from Dublin". British Airways has also assured us that they "have not transported greyhounds from Dublin to Macau on any BA aircraft". In December, following a damning TV report about the cruelty of the Canidrome, Qantas and Cathay Pacific airlines announced that they would no longer transport racing greyhounds from Australia to Asia. Luftansa did not reply to a 22nd April 2016 email, urging the company to refuse to transport Irish greyhounds to China. ACTION ALERT Contact Lufthansa and urge them to put in place a policy of not transporting greyhounds from Ireland to China. Leave a comment on the Lufthansa Facebook page Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa Email:,

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
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