International Protests: Stop exporting greyhounds to Macau

24 May

Protests against the export of Irish greyhounds to the Canidrome deathtrap in Macau are taking place all over the world. Please support your nearest protest or organise one of your own.

LONDON
Thursday 26th May 2016, 11am–4:30pm
Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HR
https://www.facebook.com/events/237744743263566/

EDINBURGH
Thursday 26th May 2016, 11am–3pm
Consulate General of Ireland, 16 Randolph Crescent, EH3 7TT
https://www.facebook.com/events/276460682703431/

MILAN
Saturday 28th May 2016, 10am–1pm
Via Dante Alighieri, 20020 Cesate MI, Italy
https://www.facebook.com/events/824977514273494/

TURIN
Saturday 28th May 2016, 10am-6pm
Area12 Shopping Center Torino, Strada comunale di Altessano 141, 10151 Turin, Italy
https://www.facebook.com/events/955050691279229/

DUBLIN
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 12pm-2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1677338955851552/

SYDNEY
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 8:30am–10am
Irish Consulate Sydney, Level 26, 1 Market St, Sydney, Australia NSW 2000
https://www.facebook.com/events/946875255433204/

PERTH
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 11:30am–1pm
Consulate of Ireland, 1/100 Terrace Rd East Perth
https://www.facebook.com/events/259119027775966/

CANBERRA
Thursday 2nd June 2016
https://www.facebook.com/Shut-It-Down-A-National-Day-of-Action-1425711857736550/?fref=nf

ROME
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
Ritrovo ore 15 in Piazza del Popolo Corteo pacifico attraverso il centro città (Roma) lungo via del Corso
https://www.facebook.com/events/971937666259108/

PADOVA
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
Piazza Prato della Valle (PD)
https://www.facebook.com/events/980428268742372/

RICCIONE
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
Ritrovo nel parcheggio non a pagamento a Riccione in Via Giulio Cesare, “cimitero vecchio riccione” alle ore 15 da li preseguiremo a piedi verso il centro.
https://www.facebook.com/events/519194638264087/

VARESE
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
P.zza XX Settembre ore 15,00 davanti al cinema Politeama.
https://www.facebook.com/events/451234645086251/

ACTION ALERT

Urgenly contact Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to demand legislation to prevent any more Irish greyhounds being sent to China and for action to be taken to rescue and rehome the Irish greyhounds currently at the track. Please also sign and share the petitions below.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD / Michael Creed TD
Dail Eireann, Kildare St, Dublin
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie,michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020 (Enda Kenny)
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 (Michael Creed)

Contact Lufthansa and urge them to STOP transporting greyhounds from Ireland to China.

Leave a comment on the Lufthansa Facebook pages
https://www.facebook.com/lufthansa/
https://www.facebook.com/lufthansacargoag
Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa
Email: carsten.spohr@dlh.de,customer.relations@lufthansa.com

Please sign and share the petitions

Stop export of Irish greyhounds to China
https://www.change.org/p/prime-minster-taoiseach-enda-kenney-stop-export-of-irish-greyhounds-to-china

Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China
https://www.change.org/p/lufthansa-stop-transporting-irish-greyhounds-to-china

Shut down the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack
https://www.change.org/p/chief-executive-chui-sai-on-stop-hundreds-of-greyhounds-from-being-raced-to-death

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Robert Troy TD raises issue of animal cruelty in Ireland’s greyhound racing industry

19 May
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Thanks to Longford/Westmeath TD, Robert Troy, for highlighting the issue of cruelty to animals in Ireland’s greyhound racing industry.
 
In a question submitted earlier this year to the then Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, Deputy Troy referred to “animal abuse suffered by greyhounds in the racing industry” and “lenient sanctions for persons who have committed grave abuses”. See the full question and answer below.
 
Parliamentary Questions and Answers
 
Question 140 – Answered on 28 January 2016
 
Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail) To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is aware of animal abuse suffered by greyhounds in the racing industry which includes lenient sanctions for persons who have committed grave abuses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
 
Simon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food) (Cork South Central, Fine Gael) Bord na gCon is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of greyhound racing under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958. It has specific powers conferred on it by the Greyhound Industry (Racing) Regulations 2007, S.I. 302 of 2007, which set out the detailed rules under which greyhound racing is conducted. The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) is the controlling authority for the breeding and coursing of greyhounds. The ICC is subject to the general control and direction of Bord na gCon under Section 26(2) of the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958.
 
The Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 specifies standards for greyhound welfare, establishes a register of Greyhound Breeding Establishments and regulates their operation. A code of Practice in the care and welfare of the greyhound has been established and published by Bord na gCon as per the requirements of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011. The primary objective of the Code of Practice is to set standards and clearly define what is expected of all individuals engaged in the care and management of registered greyhounds. Greyhound welfare at Bord Na gCon is managed by the Welfare Manager.
 
I am assured that cases of cruelty and/or neglect which are reported to Bord na gCon are fully investigated and that sanctions under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 are imposed on persons who have been identified as being in breach of the Act. Persons found to have committed offences under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 are liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €5000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. Persons may also be prosecuted under the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013. The Act makes it an offence to do, or fail to do anything or cause or permit anything to be done to an animal that causes unnecessary suffering to, or endanger the health or welfare of an animal. The Act provides for increased levels of penalties – summary conviction up to €5,000 and on indictment €250,000 and/or imprisonment up to 5 years with fixed penalty payments for lesser offences. In addition, both of these Acts contain provisions permitting the imposition of fixed notice administrative sanctions in cases of less serious breaches of the legislation. The number of monthly Welfare and Kennel Inspections carried out by Bord na gCon Welfare Officers may be viewed on Bord na gCon’s website and information on the sanctions which have been imposed on persons who, following Bord na gCon investigations, have been identified as being in breach of the of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 is also published on Bord na gCon’s website.

Campaign to stop export of Irish greyhounds highlighted in Chinese media

17 May
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) has reported on the campaign to stop the export of Irish greyhounds to China.
 
The article – entitled “Stop servicing Macau’s greyhound ‘hellhole’: global campaign to end transportation of racers to notorious Canidrome” – focuses on efforts to persuade Lufthansa Airline to stop carrying greyhounds to region. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1945544/stop-servicing-macaus-greyhound-hellhole-global-campaign-end#comments
 
In an appalling response, Lufthansa told SCMP that it does not take responsibility for the purpose for which animals are transported. This despite being made aware of the cruelty and death suffered by dogs who end up at the Canidrome track.
 
“We are not able to provide any binding determination nor take responsibility for the purpose for which animals are making their journey,” the Lufthansa spokesperson stated. “Should we become aware of any abuse in terms of keeping these animals, we regularly report this to the competent authorities.”
 
Quoted in the report, Albano Martins of Macau-based Anima (Society for the Protection of Animals), said: “Our aim is to see Ireland banning the exportation of greyhounds to Macau … If that happened, the Canidrome would probably close down in six months’ time.”
 
A petition calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to stop the export of Irish greyhounds to China has been signed by 300,000 people.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Contact Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to demand legislation to prevent any more Irish greyhounds being sent to China and for action to be taken to rescue and rehome the Irish greyhounds currently at the track. Please also sign the petitions below.
 
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD / Michael Creed TD
Dail Eireann, Kildare St, Dublin
Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020 (Enda Kenny)
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 (Michael Creed)
 
 
Contact Lufthansa and urge them to put in place a policy of not transporting greyhounds to China.
 
Leave a comment on the Lufthansa Facebook page
Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa
 
 
Please sign and share the petitions
 
Stop export of Irish greyhounds to China
 
Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China
 
Shut down the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack
 
Qatar Airlines Stop Transporting Greyhounds To China
 
 
Support the upcoming demonstrations in London, Milan and Dublin
 
Ireland – Stop sending greyhounds to China
Thursday 26th May, 11am at the Irish Embassy, 17 Grosvenor Pl, London SW1X 7HR
Organised by Caged North West
 
Stop the export of Irish greyhounds to Macau
Saturday, 28th May, 11am-1pm at Viale Forlanini, Cesate, Milan
Organised by Pet Levrieri
 
Ireland – Don’t send greyhounds abroad to suffer
Thursday 2nd June, 12–2pm outside Department of Agriculture, Kildare St, Dublin
Organised by Animal Rights Action Network
 
 
 

Ricky Gervais calls on Irish Government to stop export of greyhounds to China

15 May

DAILY MAIL RICKY GERVAIS

In an exclusive report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday, Ricky Gervais calls on the Irish Government to intervene over the horrific fate of greyhounds sold to race in China – “The Irish Government should immediately ban the export of Irish dogs to China which is internationally renowned for its barbaric treatment of animals. The annual June meat festival, Yulin, near Macau, where dogs are skinned alive before being cooked, should tell the Irish Department of Agriculture everything they need to know about the horrific fate of dogs in China. If they are unconcerned about the agony that awaits these innocent animals, then the Irish Government will pay the price in terms of damage to its international reputation. If it does not put an immediate ban in place, it will be rightly viewed worldwide as a country which cares little about animal welfare or animal suffering. Every dog sent to Macau will die there. The solution is in the hands of the Irish Government – ban it now.”

A big thank you to Ricky Gervais for speaking up for Irish greyhounds and to the Irish Mail on Sunday for highlighting this issue.

ACTION ALERT

Please join us in contacting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to demand legislation to prevent any more Irish greyhounds being sent to China and for action to be taken to rescue and rehome the Irish greyhounds currently at the track. Please also sign the petitions below.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie,taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020

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
https://www.facebook.com/lufthansa/
Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa
Email: carsten.spohr@dlh.de,customer.relations@lufthansa.com

Please sign and share the petitions

Stop export of Irish greyhounds to China
https://www.change.org/p/prime-minster-taoiseach-enda-kenney-stop-export-of-irish-greyhounds-to-china

Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China
https://www.change.org/p/lufthansa-stop-transporting-irish-greyhounds-to-china

Shut down the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack
https://www.change.org/p/chief-executive-chui-sai-on-stop-hundreds-of-greyhounds-from-being-raced-to-death

Foxhunt internship gone from JobBridge website

13 May

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An internship for a “kennel groom” is gone from the JobBridge website after the Irish Council Against Blood Sports told the Department of Social Protection that the kennel in question is a foxhunt kennel.

The listing for the 9-month taxpayer-funded position stated: “The intern will gain practical experience in feeding horses and hounds, cleaning out stalls where those animals live and exercising and grooming both horses and hounds. The intern will receive formal/informal training in general kennel and stable management. On completion the intern will have attained skills in the area of animal care, which will involve learning about the dietary requirements and daily exercise regimes of both horses and hounds. The intern will also learn basic communication skills working with others as member of a team and basic skills in how a kennel can be run efficiently and cost effectively.”

“This kennel is the Tipperary Foxhounds kennel in Fethard,” ICABS pointed out in an email sent to both JobBridge and Social Protection Minister, Leo Varadkar. “The JobBridge-subsidised ‘kennel groom’ will play an integral role in preparing horses and hounds for outings involving the terrorisation and killing of defenceless foxes. We urge you to act today to withdraw this foxhunt-related internship.”

Given the appalling animal cruelty involved in foxhunting (foxes are chased to exhaution and ripped apart when caught), it is entirely unacceptable for the Department of Social Protection to be facilitating such groups in filling positions which are integral to the functioning of a hunt.

A majority of Irish people are opposed to foxhunting and want it made illegal (as it already is in England, Scotland and Wales), we told Minister Varadkar.

In response to the ICABS appeal, a JobBridge representative replied to say that “the Department does not comment on individual host organisations or internships” and that the purpose of the JobBridge scheme is to “assist unemployed people to improve their employment prospects by providing them with the opportunity to develop skills and gain some experience in a working environment.”

“There are a range of occupations that some people may find objectionable for one reason or another,” the statement added. “The Department does not act as an arbiter in these cases, but does, of course, make every effort to ensure that all internships comply with the Terms and Conditions of the scheme and all relevant legislation.”

In March, an internship with the Waterford Foxhounds appeared on the JobBridge website. According to that listing, “the intern will receive formal/informal training in the following hound management, whipping in, etiquette and on completion the intern will have attained skills in whipping in and will be positioned well to take up a position in hunt service as a whipper in and continue their training to take up the role of a professional huntsman.”

Although the listing was removed following complaints, ICABS learned that this did not mean the position had been scrapped. We were told by the Department that “while the advert has been taken down, the company can still fill the internship vacancy provided they continue to meet the Terms & Conditions of the scheme.”

A petition calling on the Department to stop offering foxhunt internships has so far been signed by over 4,000 people.

ACTION ALERT

Tell Minister Leo Varadkar and the Department of Social Protection to immediately exclude animal cruelty groups from its JobBridge scheme.

Email “JobBridge – Stop offering foxhunting internship” to leo.varadkar@oir.ie, qcs@welfare.ie, press.office@welfare.ie
Telephone Minister Leo Varadkar: (01) 704 3000
Leave a comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/leovaradkar
Tweet to @campaignforleo

Please sign and share the petition

Department of Social Protection – Stop offering foxhunting internships
https://www.change.org/p/department-of-social-protection-stop-offering-foxhunting-internships

Irish greyhounds at risk of horrific injuries at Chinese racetrack

12 May
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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is renewing its appeal to the Minister for Agriculture to immediately intervene to stop the export of Irish greyhounds to China. The call follows new revelations that greyhounds are routinely suffering horrific injuries at the infamous Canidrome track, to where at least nine Irish greyhounds have recently been exported.
Bite wounds, torn hip-supporting muscle, fractured paw, lame leg, swollen leg, inflamed joint, wounded tail are just some of the injuries sustained by greyhounds in the past week alone at the Macau track which has been condemned as the world’s deadliest.
Details of the injuries were on display on the Canidrome website – http://www.macauyydog.com/database/diagnosis.php?d=2016-05-03&v= – but have now been deleted (See full list below and attached screen shots).
As well as wounds and muscle tears, greyhounds were listed as having arthritis, eye infection, ear infection and dermatitis. Incredibly, many dogs with bite wounds, arthritis and torn muscles are said to be “cured” before a clearance certificate is issued for them to be used at the next race.
The disturbing details, relating to race nights on 30th April and May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, show that one dog was found to have “acute hepatitis” and was “Destroyed Immediately For Human [Humane?] Sake”.
The names of three of the known Irish greyhounds are now listed on the Canidrome website. They are:
The Irish Greyhound Board website reveals that Two Stone Tadgh last raced in Ireland at Curraheen Park Cork in December and that his owner/trainer was Jason Lehane. The last race for both Crossfield Leona and Crossfield Simon, before they were exported to China, was in Clonmel on 22nd January this year. The IGB lists Brendan O’Shea as the owner/trainer.
The Canidrome has been condemned by the international greyhound group, Grey2K, as the world’s deadliest, with a high level of fatalities on-track and merciless destruction of dogs who under-perform (believed to total 400 per year). According to Animals Australia – an organisation campaigning for the track to be shut down – “Canidrome is ‘death row’ for greyhounds. Every dog there will be dead within 3 years. While alive, their lives are miserable. Minimal exercise, minimal social interaction and a tiny barren cell to live in.”
ACTION ALERT
 
Contact the Taoiseach and Agriculture Minister to demand a ban on the export of Irish greyhounds to China.
Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020
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
Please sign and share the petitions
 
Stop export of Irish greyhounds to China
Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China
Lufthansa: Refuse to transport greyhounds to Canidrome death trap
Shut down the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack
Injured greyhounds at Canidrome track in past week
May 3rd 2016
Lara Runner – Wound Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Okay Super – Torn Hind Muscle After Race (Injury Certificate Issued)
Ringing Hot – Arthritis Both Side Wrist (Injury Certificate Issued)
Iggy Iggs – Swollen Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Chill Sing – Cut Wounded Web Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Seine River – Wound Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Shadow Panther – Cut Wounded On Web Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Siyan Angel – Cut Wounded Web Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Dragon Hill – Bite Wounds Fore Leg, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
May 2nd 2016
Fantastic Kuga – Arthritis Both Side Wrist, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
I Remember You – Corn Hind Leg, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Serious Belle – Torn Hind Muscle & Arthritis Wrist, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Sure Sure Sweet – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Creator – Inflamed Both Side Wrist (Sick Certificate Issued)
Flash Tears – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Genius Fighter – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Lucky Turbo – Wound Fore Leg, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Oyster Color – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Speed Swallow – Corn Hind Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Flowers World – Torn Both Side Hind Muscle (Injury Certificate Issued)
Full Speed – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Rush To Win – Inflamed Hock Joint & Eye Infection, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Time Meridah – Wounded Tail, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Elegance – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Miss Victory – Torn Hip Supporting Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Shinjuku Sen – Bruised Hind Muscle, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Winner Lover – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Younger Party – Infected Wound Hind Leg, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Pure Cape – Torn Hind Muscle (Injury Certificate Issued)
Awesome Zander – Ear Infection, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Bound Man – Dermatitis, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Red Win’s – Torn Hip Supporting Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
May 1st 2016
Keep It Firm – Inflamed Both Side Whip Muscle (Sick Certificate Issued)
Proven Maree – Torn Hind Muscle (Injury Certificate Issued)
Frosted Flute – Inflamed Both Side Wrist (Sick Certificate Issued)
Challenger – Strained Both Side Wrist After Race (Injury Certificate Issued)
Tahlia – Torn Pin Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Top Champion – Torn Pin Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Wise Storm – Wound On Fore Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Fantasy Heart – N.A.I.(Post Race Check) (No Apparent Injury)
Ko Ko – Inflamed Wrist (Sick Certificate Issued)
Friends.Com – Torn Hind Muscle, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Gold Exuberant – N.A.I.(Post Race Check) (No Apparent Injury)
Win’s Flash – Arthritis Both Side Wrist (Injury Certificate Issued)
April 30th 2016
Aoki Sen – Inflamed Both Side Wrist, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Hot Sal – Fractured On Dew-Claw, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Sprite Point – Cut Wounded On Web Fore Leg (Sick Certificate Issued)
Sure Sure Income – Strained Both Side Wrist, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Luckynews.Com – Inflamed Both Side Wrist, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Speed Lover – Inflamed Both Side Wrist & Pin Muscle, Sickness Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Dongguan Boys – Acute Hepatitis. (Destroyed Immediately For Human Sake.) (Injury Certificate Issued)
Happy Magic – Torn Hip Supporting Muscle (Injury Certificate Issued)
Keep To Beauty – Lame Fore Leg, Injury Has Been Cured (Clearance Certificate Issued)
Worth Hearing – Torn Hind Muscle (Injury Certificate Issued)
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“Lufthansa are the airline shipping greyhounds to their death in China”

5 May

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Greyhound protection group, CAGED Northwest, is reporting that “Lufthansa are the airline shipping greyhounds to their death in 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 Canidrome, condemned as the world’s deadliest racetrack from where no dog gets out alive.

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.”

If Lufthansa is responsible for transporting racing greyhounds to China, its position is in stark contrast to that of other airlines. Last week, Emirates Airlines moved quickly to confirm to ICABS that it has “never shipped greyhounds to China (Hong Kong or Macau) on our services from Dublin”. 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 has not yet replied to a 22nd April email from ICABS, urging the company to refuse to transport Irish greyhounds to China.

ACTION ALERT

Sign the petition – Lufthansa: Stop transporting Irish greyhounds to China
https://www.change.org/p/lufthansa-stop-transporting-irish-greyhounds-to-china

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
https://www.facebook.com/lufthansa/

Send a tweet to Lufthansa @lufthansa

Email: customer.relations@lufthansa.com

Video: Irish greyhounds arrive in China to race and be killed at the Canidrome

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