Greyhound injuries and deaths at Enniscorthy stadium

19 Mar

Dogs suffer and die at Enniscorthy greyhound stadium.

According to sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics, over the past four years alone, 65 greyhounds have been reported injured at Enniscorthy stadium and 16 were killed by a track vet.

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT ENNISCORTHY STADIUM

2018
27 injuries, 1 death

2017
18 injuries, 4 deaths

2016
6 injuries, 5 deaths

2015
14 injuries, 6 deaths

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in demanding an end to the government’s massive grants to the greyhound industry – €16.8 million for 2019, bringing to over a quarter of a billion euros the amount handed over since 2001. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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REPORTED GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

At tracks around Ireland in the past four years, 1,559 greyhounds suffered injuries and 506 were killed. The Irish Greyhound Board figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

2018: 353 Injuries. 121 Deaths

2017: 357 Injuries. 124 Deaths

2016: 427 Injuries. 139 Deaths

2015: 422 Injuries. 122 Deaths

Greyhound injuries and deaths by track

2018

Clonmel: 18 injuries, 7 deaths
Curraheen Park: 28 injuries, 13 deaths
Dundalk: 11 injuries, 6 deaths
Enniscorthy: 27 injuries, 1 death
Galway: 31 injuries, 7 deaths
Kilkenny: 13 injuries, 2 deaths
Lifford: 13 injuries, 7 deaths
Limerick: 58 injuries, 15 deaths
Longford: 08 injuries, 1 death
Mullingar: 27 injuries, 13 deaths
Newbridge: 16 injuries, 8 deaths
Shelbourne Park: 41 injuries, 12 deaths
Thurles: 09 injuries, 6 deaths
Tralee: 29 injuries, 10 deaths
Waterford: 11 injuries, 7 deaths
Youghal: 13 injuries, 6 deaths

2017

Clonmel 11, 03
Curraheen Park 21, 08
Dundalk 44, 10
Enniscorthy 18, 04
Galway 24, 10
Harold’s Cross 02, 01
Kilkenny 08, 03
Lifford 10, 06
Limerick 46, 19
Longford 13, 05
Mullingar 71, 16
Newbridge 17, 04
Shelbourne Park 21, 10
Thurles 10, 03
Tralee 24, 15
Waterford 10, 06
Youghal 07, 01

2016

Clonmel 24, 08
Curraheen Park 24, 08
Dundalk 23, 15
Enniscorthy 06, 05
Galway 23, 04
Harold’s Cross 35, 11
Kilkenny 13, 02
Lifford 10, 04
Limerick 34, 12
Longford 17, 10
Mullingar 81, 15
Newbridge 21, 06
Shelbourne Park 51, 07
Thurles 18, 05
Tralee 28, 16
Waterford 14, 08
Youghal 05, 03

2015

Clonmel 14, 03
Curraheen Park 24, 07
Dundalk 32, 16
Enniscorthy 14, 06
Galway 16, 03
Harold’s Cross 58, 07
Kilkenny 10, 06
Lifford 18, 02
Limerick 64, 13
Longford 14, 07
Mullingar 59, 14
Newbridge 11, 07
Shelbourne Park 33, 07
Thurles 11, 05
Tralee 11, 04
Waterford 26, 12
Youghal 7, 03

Greyhound injuries and deaths at Clonmel stadium

19 Mar

Dogs suffer and die at Clonmel greyhound stadium.

According to sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics, over the past four years alone, 67 greyhounds have been reported injured at Clonmel stadium and 21 were killed by a track vet.

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT CLONMEL STADIUM

2018
18 injuries, 7 deaths

2017
11 injuries, 3 deaths

2016
24 injuries, 8 deaths

2015
14 injuries, 3 deaths

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in demanding an end to the government’s massive grants to the greyhound industry – €16.8 million for 2019, bringing to over a quarter of a billion euros the amount handed over since 2001. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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REPORTED GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

At tracks around Ireland in the past four years, 1,559 greyhounds suffered injuries and 506 were killed. The Irish Greyhound Board figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

2018: 353 Injuries. 121 Deaths

2017: 357 Injuries. 124 Deaths

2016: 427 Injuries. 139 Deaths

2015: 422 Injuries. 122 Deaths

Greyhound injuries and deaths by track

2018

Clonmel: 18 injuries, 7 deaths
Curraheen Park: 28 injuries, 13 deaths
Dundalk: 11 injuries, 6 deaths
Enniscorthy: 27 injuries, 1 death
Galway: 31 injuries, 7 deaths
Kilkenny: 13 injuries, 2 deaths
Lifford: 13 injuries, 7 deaths
Limerick: 58 injuries, 15 deaths
Longford: 08 injuries, 1 death
Mullingar: 27 injuries, 13 deaths
Newbridge: 16 injuries, 8 deaths
Shelbourne Park: 41 injuries, 12 deaths
Thurles: 09 injuries, 6 deaths
Tralee: 29 injuries, 10 deaths
Waterford: 11 injuries, 7 deaths
Youghal: 13 injuries, 6 deaths

2017

Clonmel 11, 03
Curraheen Park 21, 08
Dundalk 44, 10
Enniscorthy 18, 04
Galway 24, 10
Harold’s Cross 02, 01
Kilkenny 08, 03
Lifford 10, 06
Limerick 46, 19
Longford 13, 05
Mullingar 71, 16
Newbridge 17, 04
Shelbourne Park 21, 10
Thurles 10, 03
Tralee 24, 15
Waterford 10, 06
Youghal 07, 01

2016

Clonmel 24, 08
Curraheen Park 24, 08
Dundalk 23, 15
Enniscorthy 06, 05
Galway 23, 04
Harold’s Cross 35, 11
Kilkenny 13, 02
Lifford 10, 04
Limerick 34, 12
Longford 17, 10
Mullingar 81, 15
Newbridge 21, 06
Shelbourne Park 51, 07
Thurles 18, 05
Tralee 28, 16
Waterford 14, 08
Youghal 05, 03

2015

Clonmel 14, 03
Curraheen Park 24, 07
Dundalk 32, 16
Enniscorthy 14, 06
Galway 16, 03
Harold’s Cross 58, 07
Kilkenny 10, 06
Lifford 18, 02
Limerick 64, 13
Longford 14, 07
Mullingar 59, 14
Newbridge 11, 07
Shelbourne Park 33, 07
Thurles 11, 05
Tralee 11, 04
Waterford 26, 12
Youghal 7, 03

Greyhound injuries and deaths at Kilkenny stadium

16 Mar

Dogs suffer and die at Kilkenny greyhound stadium.

According to sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics, over the past four years alone, 44 greyhounds have been reported injured at Kilkenny stadium and 13 were killed by a track vet.

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT KILKENNY STADIUM

2018
13 injuries, 2 deaths

2017
08 injuries, 03 deaths

2016
13 injuries, 02 deaths

2015
10 injuries, 06 deaths

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in demanding an end to the government’s massive grants to the greyhound industry – €16.8 million for 2019, bringing to over a quarter of a billion euros the amount handed over since 2001. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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REPORTED GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

At tracks around Ireland in the past four years, 1,559 greyhounds suffered injuries and 506 were killed. The Irish Greyhound Board figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

2018: 353 Injuries. 121 Deaths

2017: 357 Injuries. 124 Deaths

2016: 427 Injuries. 139 Deaths

2015: 422 Injuries. 122 Deaths

Greyhound injuries and deaths by track

2018

Clonmel: 18 injuries, 7 deaths
Curraheen Park: 28 injuries, 13 deaths
Dundalk: 11 injuries, 6 deaths
Enniscorthy: 27 injuries, 1 death
Galway: 31 injuries, 7 deaths
Kilkenny: 13 injuries, 2 deaths
Lifford: 13 injuries, 7 deaths
Limerick: 58 injuries, 15 deaths
Longford: 08 injuries, 1 death
Mullingar: 27 injuries, 13 deaths
Newbridge: 16 injuries, 8 deaths
Shelbourne Park: 41 injuries, 12 deaths
Thurles: 09 injuries, 6 deaths
Tralee: 29 injuries, 10 deaths
Waterford: 11 injuries, 7 deaths
Youghal: 13 injuries, 6 deaths

2017

Clonmel 11, 03
Curraheen Park 21, 08
Dundalk 44, 10
Enniscorthy 18, 04
Galway 24, 10
Harold’s Cross 02, 01
Kilkenny 08, 03
Lifford 10, 06
Limerick 46, 19
Longford 13, 05
Mullingar 71, 16
Newbridge 17, 04
Shelbourne Park 21, 10
Thurles 10, 03
Tralee 24, 15
Waterford 10, 06
Youghal 07, 01

2016

Clonmel 24, 08
Curraheen Park 24, 08
Dundalk 23, 15
Enniscorthy 06, 05
Galway 23, 04
Harold’s Cross 35, 11
Kilkenny 13, 02
Lifford 10, 04
Limerick 34, 12
Longford 17, 10
Mullingar 81, 15
Newbridge 21, 06
Shelbourne Park 51, 07
Thurles 18, 05
Tralee 28, 16
Waterford 14, 08
Youghal 05, 03

2015

Clonmel 14, 03
Curraheen Park 24, 07
Dundalk 32, 16
Enniscorthy 14, 06
Galway 16, 03
Harold’s Cross 58, 07
Kilkenny 10, 06
Lifford 18, 02
Limerick 64, 13
Longford 14, 07
Mullingar 59, 14
Newbridge 11, 07
Shelbourne Park 33, 07
Thurles 11, 05
Tralee 11, 04
Waterford 26, 12
Youghal 7, 03

“No plans to cease funding” for cruel greyhound industry

13 Mar

i have no plans to cease funding (2)

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has announced that he has “no plans to cease funding” for the cruel and crumbling greyhound industry.

The Minister was responding to Dail Questions this week from TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly.

Mick Wallace TD (Independent, Wexford) asked the Minister “his views on continued funding for the greyhound industry in view of a recent report that the company that broadcasts Irish greyhound racing globally informed the Irish Greyhound Board in October 2018 that greyhound racing here has a serious integrity problem due to doping and irregular betting patterns”. In her question, Clare Daly TD (Independent, Dublin North) asked the Minister “his views on whether it is appropriate to continue funding the greyhound industry in view of the recent assessment by sports information services”.

Stating that he has no plans to end the funding – which amounts to around a quarter of a billion euros since 2001, including €16.8 million for 2019 – Minister Creed pointed to a 2017 report by economist Jim Power which he claimed “calculated that there are 5,058 full and part-time jobs within the sector”

This jobs claim (based on figures presented by the Irish Greyhound Board itself), is used by the government to justify the transfer of millions of euros of taxpayers’ money ever year to greyhound racing. The figure has previously been ridiculed as “almost laughable” and “more than questionable”.

As reported earlier this month by ICABS, the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association issued a statement recently in which they said “claims from the Irish Greyhound Board that the industry employs in excess of 5,000 people are FARCICAL”.

“The IGB tries to validate this figure by claiming that this is the figure that independent economic consultant, Jim Power, has calculated,” the IGOBF outlined in its statement. “However, when you read Jim Power’s report, Power states that he has received this figure from the IGB.” An extract from the report is presented in which it is clear that the source of the claimed employment figures is the Irish Greyhound Board itself.

In 2016, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed claimed that the greyhound industry “employs over 10,300 people”. A few months later, he admitted that the Irish Greyhound Board “currently directly employs 128 full time staff and approximately 720 part time staff”.

The thousands of jobs claim has been ridiculed at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Labour Party’s Willie Penrose said: “Some people tell me that the estimate that there are 10,000 people employed in the industry is such a gross over-estimate that it’s almost laughable.” Deputy Penrose restated his doubts about the figure during a subsequent speech in Dail Eireann, referring to it as an “old figure”.
Minister of State Andrew Doyle told the Dail at the time that “a report by the economist Jim Power in 2010 estimated the greyhound industry employed over 10,300 people”, to which Willie Penrose replied: “Jim Power’s report was produced six or seven years ago. Let us come into reality.”

“The figure is more than questionable and does not stand,” he added.

Sinn Fein’s Martin Kenny TD (Sligo-Leitrim) has echoed these doubts – “I wonder about the quality of these jobs and whether they are counted as whole-time equivalents as they are in the HSE, schools and other State bodies. How many real jobs are there? For example, Bord na gCon claims there are 10,300 people employed in the greyhound industry. I would love to know where these people work and the basis of the claim that the industry contributes €500 million to the economy each year. I am told by dog breeders and trainers that the greyhound industry is in crisis and will disappear within the decade if radical reform does not take place.” https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/videos/1195111127271110

In its latest annual report, published last July, the Irish Greyhound Board’s jobs figure had been slashed by over half. It claimed that the government subsidies support “five thousand jobs, directly and indirectly, across 16 tracks nationally”. The only evidence of jobs in the report was 125 full time staff at the Irish Greyhound Board and its subsidiaries and 100 race night casual staff.

ACTION ALERT

If your local TDs voted in favour of funding for greyhound racing (see list below), contact them and urge them to stop supporting this cruel industry. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their contact details http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem

Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to stop funding horse and greyhound racing.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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HOW TDS VOTED (November 2018)
https://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2018-11-29a.238

VOTED IN FAVOUR OF FUNDING (92)
Bobby Aylward, Maria Bailey, Seán Barrett, John Brassil, Pat Breen, Colm Brophy, James Browne, Richard Bruton, Peter Burke, Mary Butler, Catherine Byrne, Dara Calleary, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Lisa Chambers, Michael Collins, Niall Collins, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Simon Coveney, Barry Cowen, Michael Creed, John Curran, Michael D’Arcy, Jim Daly, Regina Doherty, Paschal Donohoe, Timmy Dooley, Bernard Durkan, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Frances Fitzgerald, Peter Fitzpatrick, Seán Fleming, Noel Grealish, Brendan Griffin, Michael Harty, Seán Haughey, Danny Healy-Rae, Michael Healy-Rae, Séamus Healy, Brendan Howlin, Paul Kehoe, Billy Kelleher, Alan Kelly, Seán Kyne, John Lahart, Michael Lowry, Marc MacSharry, Josepha Madigan, Micheál Martin, Helen McEntee, Finian McGrath, Mattie McGrath, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Joe McHugh, Tony McLoughlin, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Kevin Moran, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, Eoghan Murphy, Eugene Murphy, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Carol Nolan, Michael Noonan, Darragh O’Brien, Jim O’Callaghan, Willie O’Dea, Patrick O’Donovan, Fergus O’Dowd, Kevin O’Keeffe, Fiona O’Loughlin, Frank O’Rourke, Jan O’Sullivan, Éamon Ó Cuív, Willie Penrose, Thomas Pringle, Michael Ring, Shane Ross, Brendan Ryan, Eamon Scanlon, Seán Sherlock, Brendan Smith, Niamh Smyth, David Stanton, Robert Troy, Katherine Zappone.

VOTED AGAINST FUNDING (26)
Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, John Brady, Tommy Broughan, Pat Buckley, Joan Collins, Ruth Coppinger, Seán Crowe, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Gino Kenny, Martin Kenny, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Catherine Murphy, Paul Murphy, Jonathan O’Brien, Louise O’Reilly, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Eamon Ryan, Róisín Shortall, Bríd Smith, Brian Stanley.

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Dail Questions
12th March 2019
Asked by: Mick Wallace T.D., Clare Daly T.D.

QUESTION

Mick Wallace TD: To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine his views on continued funding for the greyhound industry in view of a recent report that the company that broadcasts Irish greyhound racing globally informed the Irish Greyhound Board in October 2018 that greyhound racing here has a serious integrity problem due to doping and irregular betting patterns; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Clare Daly TD: To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine his views on whether it is appropriate to continue funding the greyhound industry in view of the recent assessment by sports information services (detailed supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed (Fine Gael, Cork North West): Bord na gCon is a commercial state body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.

In relation to the comments made in the article on betting, any patterns of irregular betting that are brought to the attention of Bord na gCon are investigated and if necessary, the results of any investigation are forwarded to An Garda Síochána.

I consider the greyhound sector to be an integral part of many regions within Ireland and as a source of pride and enthusiasm for participants and spectators. A report by Economist Jim Power in November 2017 calculated that there are 5,058 full and part-time jobs within the sector, with a further 7,313 greyhound owners deriving economic benefit from the industry. The impact of this employment creates €171 million in additional spending while the greyhound owners contribute €135 million in spending. The national industry therefore contributes €300 million in additional economic activity.

For these reasons I have no plans to cease funding for the sector.

Greyhound injuries and deaths at Mullingar stadium

11 Mar

Dogs suffer and die at Mullingar greyhound stadium.

According to sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics, over the past four years alone, 238 greyhounds have been reported injured at Mullingar stadium and 58 were killed by a track vet.

Among the injuries suffered by dogs there are “Severed spine” and fractured hock bones.

Read the Sunday Times report: Revealed: “Mullingar greyhound race track’s death toll shame”

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT MULLINGAR STADIUM

2018
27 injuries, 13 deaths

2017
71 injuries, 16 deaths

2016
81 injuries, 15 deaths

2015
59 injuries, 14 deaths

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in demanding an end to the government’s massive grants to the greyhound industry – €16.8 million for 2019, bringing to over a quarter of a billion euros the amount handed over since 2001. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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REPORTED GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

At tracks around Ireland in the past four years, 1,559 greyhounds suffered injuries and 506 were killed. The Irish Greyhound Board figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

2018: 353 Injuries. 121 Deaths

2017: 357 Injuries. 124 Deaths

2016: 427 Injuries. 139 Deaths

2015: 422 Injuries. 122 Deaths

Greyhound injuries and deaths by track

2018

Clonmel: 18 injuries, 7 deaths
Curraheen Park: 28 injuries, 13 deaths
Dundalk: 11 injuries, 6 deaths
Enniscorthy: 27 injuries, 1 death
Galway: 31 injuries, 7 deaths
Kilkenny: 13 injuries, 2 deaths
Lifford: 13 injuries, 7 deaths
Limerick: 58 injuries, 15 deaths
Longford: 08 injuries, 1 death
Mullingar: 27 injuries, 13 deaths
Newbridge: 16 injuries, 8 deaths
Shelbourne Park: 41 injuries, 12 deaths
Thurles: 09 injuries, 6 deaths
Tralee: 29 injuries, 10 deaths
Waterford: 11 injuries, 7 deaths
Youghal: 13 injuries, 6 deaths

2017

Clonmel 11, 03
Curraheen Park 21, 08
Dundalk 44, 10
Enniscorthy 18, 04
Galway 24, 10
Harold’s Cross 02, 01
Kilkenny 08, 03
Lifford 10, 06
Limerick 46, 19
Longford 13, 05
Mullingar 71, 16
Newbridge 17, 04
Shelbourne Park 21, 10
Thurles 10, 03
Tralee 24, 15
Waterford 10, 06
Youghal 07, 01

2016

Clonmel 24, 08
Curraheen Park 24, 08
Dundalk 23, 15
Enniscorthy 06, 05
Galway 23, 04
Harold’s Cross 35, 11
Kilkenny 13, 02
Lifford 10, 04
Limerick 34, 12
Longford 17, 10
Mullingar 81, 15
Newbridge 21, 06
Shelbourne Park 51, 07
Thurles 18, 05
Tralee 28, 16
Waterford 14, 08
Youghal 05, 03

2015

Clonmel 14, 03
Curraheen Park 24, 07
Dundalk 32, 16
Enniscorthy 14, 06
Galway 16, 03
Harold’s Cross 58, 07
Kilkenny 10, 06
Lifford 18, 02
Limerick 64, 13
Longford 14, 07
Mullingar 59, 14
Newbridge 11, 07
Shelbourne Park 33, 07
Thurles 11, 05
Tralee 11, 04
Waterford 26, 12
Youghal 7, 03

Greyhound injuries and deaths at Limerick stadium

10 Mar

Dogs suffer and die at Limerick greyhound stadium.

According to sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics, over the past four years alone, 202 greyhounds have been reported injured at Limerick stadium and 59 were killed by a track vet. In 2018, it was the worst track in Ireland for dog injuries and deaths.

INJURIES AND DEATHS AT LIMERICK STADIUM

2018
58 injuries, 15 deaths

2017
46 injuries, 19 deaths

2016
34 injuries, 12 deaths

2015
64 injuries, 13 deaths

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REPORTED GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

At tracks around Ireland in the past four years, 1,559 greyhounds suffered injuries and 506 were killed. The Irish Greyhound Board figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

2018: 353 Injuries. 121 Deaths

2017: 357 Injuries. 124 Deaths

2016: 427 Injuries. 139 Deaths

2015: 422 Injuries. 122 Deaths

Greyhound injuries and deaths by track

2018

Clonmel: 18 injuries, 7 deaths
Curraheen Park: 28 injuries, 13 deaths
Dundalk: 11 injuries, 6 deaths
Enniscorthy: 27 injuries, 1 death
Galway: 31 injuries, 7 deaths
Kilkenny: 13 injuries, 2 deaths
Lifford: 13 injuries, 7 deaths
Limerick: 58 injuries, 15 deaths
Longford: 08 injuries, 1 death
Mullingar: 27 injuries, 13 deaths
Newbridge: 16 injuries, 8 deaths
Shelbourne Park: 41 injuries, 12 deaths
Thurles: 09 injuries, 6 deaths
Tralee: 29 injuries, 10 deaths
Waterford: 11 injuries, 7 deaths
Youghal: 13 injuries, 6 deaths

2017

Clonmel 11, 03
Curraheen Park 21, 08
Dundalk 44, 10
Enniscorthy 18, 04
Galway 24, 10
Harold’s Cross 02, 01
Kilkenny 08, 03
Lifford 10, 06
Limerick 46, 19
Longford 13, 05
Mullingar 71, 16
Newbridge 17, 04
Shelbourne Park 21, 10
Thurles 10, 03
Tralee 24, 15
Waterford 10, 06
Youghal 07, 01

2016

Clonmel 24, 08
Curraheen Park 24, 08
Dundalk 23, 15
Enniscorthy 06, 05
Galway 23, 04
Harold’s Cross 35, 11
Kilkenny 13, 02
Lifford 10, 04
Limerick 34, 12
Longford 17, 10
Mullingar 81, 15
Newbridge 21, 06
Shelbourne Park 51, 07
Thurles 18, 05
Tralee 28, 16
Waterford 14, 08
Youghal 05, 03

2015

Clonmel 14, 03
Curraheen Park 24, 07
Dundalk 32, 16
Enniscorthy 14, 06
Galway 16, 03
Harold’s Cross 58, 07
Kilkenny 10, 06
Lifford 18, 02
Limerick 64, 13
Longford 14, 07
Mullingar 59, 14
Newbridge 11, 07
Shelbourne Park 33, 07
Thurles 11, 05
Tralee 11, 04
Waterford 26, 12
Youghal 7, 03 

Agriculture Minister questioned about electric shock devices in horse racing

10 Mar

electric shock devices

Dublin Central politician Maureen O’Sullivan TD has questioned the Minister for Agriculture about the use of electric shock devices in horse racing.

The Dail question came after news that the cruel devices, which shock horses into running faster, were seized by police in Australia at the stables of a prominent horse trainer.

ABC Australia reported that “police said they seized four of the taser-like devices, known as jiggers, plus an unregistered firearm and a small amount of cocaine in the raids”. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-31/racing-nsw-issues-show-cause-notice-to-darren-weir-over-jiggers/10765798

Quoted in the report was Herald Sun investigative journalist Andrew Rule who said that jigger-like devices have been used for about a century. He outlined that the devices were used in training to give a shock to a horse, and this can be used to “trigger a faster performance on race day”.

He told ABC Radio Melbourne: “What we’ve got here is a Pavlov’s dog response. They’ve taught the horse in training to respond to a shock, and the shock makes the horse go fast. They’ll be doing it in training and then replicating something in a race to remind the horse that they might get a shock.”

He explained that the trigger could be the pricking of the horse with a pin or the slapping of it in a particular spot, or the use of blinkers.

“Of necessity, someone other than the trainer has to be in on it,” he continued. “There will have to be a race-day jockey who understands that the horse has been, as they say in the business, buzzed up. The race-day jockey, using that knowledge, then applies a particular behaviour during the race.”

In its “The shocking use of ‘jiggers’ in horse racing” report last month – in which a vet was quoted as describing jiggers as cruel and medieval – The Conversation website stated that it can be very difficult to detect jockeys applying these trigger behaviours – “races are recorded so that stewards can spot tell-tale signs of rule-breaking…that said, filming from just one side of the course is almost universal, so that up to 50% of the jockeys’ interactions with their horses may go unrecorded.”

Responding to Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s Dail question, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said that the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has “found no evidence and received no reports that the devices referred to by the Deputy are in use in Ireland”. He added that “any trainer found using such devices will be dealt with accordingly under the Rules of Racing and Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Rules”.

DAIL QUESTION AND ANSWER

Horse Racing Industry
5 February 2019

Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Independent, Dublin Central): To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures put in place by his Department and an organisation (details supplied) to ensure that no devices such as one publicised in Australia recently are being used in tracks or horse trainers premises here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5735/19]

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Cork North West, Fine Gael): As from 1 January 2018, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is the regulatory body for all horse-racing in Ireland. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is a company limited by guarantee set up by the Turf Club (established 1790) and the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee (established 1866) for the purpose of carrying out the regulatory and licensing functions for Irish horse-racing.

This body is responsible for protecting the integrity and reputation of Irish horse-racing in Ireland. The role was previously carried out by the Turf Club and the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee. The role of the IHRB is provided for under the Irish Horse Racing Act 2016 and subsequent Statutory Instruments.

The issue which the deputy has raised is an operational matter for the IHRB. The IHRB have informed me that over 3,000 inspections have been carried out at Trainers’ premises over the last 30 years by its predecessors and itself. During this time they have found no evidence and received no reports that the devices referred to by the Deputy are in use in Ireland.

The IHRB would regard the use of such devices as extremely serious and any Trainer found using such devices will be dealt with accordingly under the Rules of Racing and Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Rules.

SEE ALSO
The shocking use of ‘jiggers’ in horse racing
http://theconversation.com/the-shocking-use-of-jiggers-in-horse-racing-111176