Minister claims “no welfare issues” for mink caged in heatwave

17 Jul
No welfare issues
The Minister for Agriculture has claimed to Clare Daly TD that there were “NO WELFARE ISSUES” for thousands of mink trapped in metal cages on an Irish fur farm during the recent heatwave.
 
In a Dail Question last Thursday, Deputy Daly asked the Minister “the steps he has taken to ensure that mink caged at fur farms have adequate access to water for both cooling down and drinking during seasonal weather with above average temperatures”.
 
Responding, Minister Michael Creed stated: “As with all livestock areas within the Agri-sector the prolonged hot dry spell has presented challenges that are being alleviated by good stockmanship and planning. My Department continue to remind all those responsible for animals that they must ensure an adequate supply of water is provided.”
 
“There has been an unannounced inspection carried out during this warm weather on one of the Irish farms and no welfare issues were raised,” he added.
 
Minister Creed’s latest statement follows the recent surfacing of a Department of Agriculture report which farcically claimed that mink permanently confined in barren fur farm cages and denied their natural instincts to roam and swim “appear to be content and happy”. The 2017 fur farm inspection report documents, obtained by the National Animal Rights Association (www.naracampaigns.org) via a Freedom of Information request, also claim that the thousands of animals caged on the shameful farms and gassed to death with Carbon Monoxide are not stressed.
 
You can read the documents at
 
In one of the documents, a Department veterinary inspector claims that “on the day of inspection, ALL the mink on the farm appeared healthy and there was no evidence of any stereotypical behaviour or stress in any of the animals.” This is in stark contrast to what ICABS witnessed when we visited a fur farm in County Laois. We saw rows and rows of caged mink displaying stereotypical behaviour – pacing back and forth and repeatedly jumping against the bars of the cages to try and get free – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvX1O9GvsQ4
 
It is to Ireland’s shame that it continues to be a part of the fur trade. On the three remaining fur farms here, over 180,000 mink were caged and killed last year. The animals endure a life of misery in captivity until, at six months of age, they are pulled from the cages, thrown into a box and poisoned with carbon monoxide gas before the fur is pulled from their bodies.
 
Outrageous claims are made in the Department documents that gassing mink to death is “humane” and that “no pain, distress or suffering of mink was observed”.
 
Mink are semi-aquatic and evolved physiologically to hold their breath. They are able to detect a lack of oxygen in their blood and are prone to hypoxia, which means that their suffering can continue after they are thrown into the gassing box.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Please join us in urging Minister Michael Creed and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to put in place a long overdue ban on fur farming.
 
Email “Ban fur farming NOW” to Leo.Varadkar@oir.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie
 
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ICABS footage – Victims of Ireland’s cruel far farming
 
Latest NARA footage showing caged mink in a fur farm in Donegal
 
Mink pulled from cages and thrown into gassing box
 
 
DAIL QUESTION AND ANSWER
12 JULY 2018
 
Clare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent)
To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he has taken to ensure that mink caged at fur farms have adequate access to water for both cooling down and drinking during seasonal weather with above average temperatures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31057/18]
 
Michael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
My Department has statutory responsibility for the welfare and protection of farmed animals under the European Communities (Welfare of Farmed Animals) Regulations, 2010(Statutory Instrument No 311/2010) and the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. Irish fur farmers are subject to the same animal welfare legislation as any other livestock farmer. There are currently a total of three operators in Ireland licensed to keep mink.
 
As with all livestock areas within the Agri-sector the prolonged hot dry spell has presented challenges that are being alleviated by good stockmanship and planning.
 
My Department continue to remind all those responsible for animals that they must ensure an adequate supply of water is provided.
 
There has been an unannounced inspection carried out during this warm weather on one of the Irish farms and no welfare issues were raised. My Department will continue to carry out inspections both planned and unplanned on the facilities in question.
 
 
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Marshes Shopping Centre urged to stop supporting track where dogs suffer and die

17 Jul

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Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk is being urged to follow Cork’s Wilton Shopping Centre in ending support for the greyhound industry.

After being told about all the suffering and death in greyhound racing, Wilton Shopping Centre last week announced that it “will not be supporting” Curraheen Park track again.

Marshes shopping centre has sponsored greyhound races at Dundalk stadium for at least the past decade. Most recently, in May 2018, it sponsored the “Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk S2 400” race and in July 2017 the “Marshes Shopping Centre A4/A5 Bitch 525 Final”. In 2015, the Argus newspaper reported that “the night’s greyhound racing will commence at 7.30pm with the Marshes Shopping Centre Dundalk International, an invitation-only race over 550 yards with a total prize fund of €37,000 and the richest one-off greyhound race in Ireland and the UK.”

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, Marshes Shopping Centre also sponsors a Ladies Day at a horse and greyhound racing event at Dundalk stadium – https://www.igb.ie/go-greyhound-racing/our-stadiums/Dundalk/ In a statement this month, Dundalk stadium thanked Marshes shopping centre for its support of the track – “We are delighted to offer a race day experience like no other combining an afternoon of horse racing and an evening of greyhound racing. This event also marks our annual Ladies Day with a super prize of a trip to a destination of the winners choice and the chance to get the holiday clothes ready with a Marshes Shopping Spree.”

Dundalk stadium is one of the worst tracks in Ireland for greyhound injuries and deaths. In the past three and a half years, 106 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 44 were killed by a track vet.

Marshes Shopping Centre’s support for this track comes at a time when the 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.

ACTION ALERT

Join the appeal to Marshes Shopping Centre to show compassion and stop supporting a stadium where dogs suffer and die.

Tel: +353 (0)42 93 95250
Email administration@marshesshopping.com
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MarshesShoppingCentre/
Twitter https://twitter.com/marshesshopping

Sign and share our petition
Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

Please join us in appealing to other shopping centres around Ireland to follow the example of Wilton and stop supporting greyhound racing…

– MCDONAGH JUNCTION SHOPPING CENTRE
At Kilkenny greyhound track last Friday, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre sponsored a race.
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=KKY&date=13-Jul-2018#race10 Since 2015, 36 greyhounds have suffered injuries at Kilkenny track and 13 were killed.

Email: info@macdonaghjunction.com
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MacDonaghJunction/
Twitter https://twitter.com/MacDonagh

– NEWPARK SHOPPING CENTRE
On July 13th, one of the races at Kilkenny greyhound track was sponsored by Eurospar Newpark Shopping Centre.
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=KKY&date=13-Jul-2018#race6
Email: eurosparkilkenny@eircom.net
Tel: (056) 7786700

– DUNGARVAN SHOPPING CENTRE
In April, Dungarvan Shopping Centre sponsored races at Kilcohan Park greyhound track in Waterford – https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=WFD&date=07-Apr-18 In the past three and half years, 53 dogs suffered injuries and 28 were killed at Kilcohan Park.

Dungarvan Shopping Centre
Shandon, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
Tel: +353 (0)58 24745
Email: goconnor@dungarvansc.ie, claire@dungarvansc.ie
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dungarvanshoppingcentre/

– BLACKPOOL SHOPPING CENTRE
In November 2017, Blackpool Shopping Centre sponsored a race at Curraheen Park track in Cork – https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=11-Nov-2017#race6

Email info@blackpool.ie
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Blackpool-Shopping-Centre-127221994013745/

 

Cork Green Party joins calls for ban on fur farming

17 Jul

Cork Green Party calls on Minister for Agriculture to BanFurFarming

“It’s shameful that the practice of fur farming takes place in Ireland”: Cork Green Party calls on Minister for Agriculture to ban fur farming https://www.thecork.ie/2018/07/15/cork-green-party-want-to-stop-fur-farming-in-ireland/

ACTION ALERT

Please contact your TDs now and urge them to support Solidarity’s forthcoming “Ban Fur Farming” bill. Contact details for TDs can be found at https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/32

Watch ICABS video footage showing the cruelty of fur farming

Please sign and share our “Ban Fur Farming” petition
https://www.change.org/p/ban-fur-farming-in-ireland

Email “Ban fur farming NOW” to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed – Leo.Varadkar@oir.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie

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Dear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Michael Creed,

I support a total ban on fur farming and an immediate closure of Ireland’s fur farms.

In these hellholes, animals suffer a horrendous life of misery before being cruelly gassed to death. There is absolutely no justification for allowing this cruelty to continue.

Please ban fur farming now.

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We will not be supporting greyhound track again: Wilton Shopping Centre

16 Jul

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A shopping centre in Cork has promised to stop supporting a local greyhound track after being told about all the dogs that suffer injuries and die there.

Over the past few years, Wilton Shopping Centre has been sponsoring “Best Dressed Couple” and “Best Dressed Lady” competitions at Curraheen Park stadium, offering €1,500 in shopping vouchers to those judged to be the best dressed.

But following complaints ahead of another “Best Dressed Lady Competition” at the track on 14th July, the centre moved to assure people that this year would be the last.

In a message emailed out and posted on Facebook, the Wilton Shopping Centre manager stated: “We have taken on board the concerns that have been expressed and we will not be supporting this local business again.”

In the past three and a half years, 83 dogs have suffered injuries at Curraheen Park and 30 were killed by track vets. No business should support this or any other greyhound track.

Thank you to Wilton Shopping Centre for its compassionate response.

Please join us in appealing to other shopping centres around Ireland to follow the example of Wilton and stop supporting greyhound racing…

– MCDONAGH JUNCTION SHOPPING CENTRE
At Kilkenny greyhound track last Friday, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre sponsored a race.
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=KKY&date=13-Jul-2018#race10 Since 2015, 36 greyhounds have suffered injuries at Kilkenny track and 13 were killed.

Email: info@macdonaghjunction.com
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MacDonaghJunction/
Twitter https://twitter.com/MacDonagh
– NEWPARK SHOPPING CENTRE
On July 13th, one of the races at Kilkenny greyhound track was sponsored by Eurospar Newpark Shopping Centre.
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=KKY&date=13-Jul-2018#race6
Email: eurosparkilkenny@eircom.net
Tel: (056) 7786700
– MARSHES SHOPPING CENTRE
Marshes Shopping Centre sponsors a Ladies Day at Dundalk greyhound track, with a prize of a holiday and “a luxury shopping experience at Marshes Shopping Centre” – https://www.igb.ie/go-greyhound-racing/our-stadiums/Dundalk/ In a statement this month, Dundalk stadium thanked Marshes shopping centre for its support of the track. Dundalk track is one of the worst in Ireland for greyhound injuries and deaths. In the past three and a half years, 106 greyhounds suffered injuries and 44 were killed at Dundalk track.

Marshes Shopping Centre
Marshes Avenue, Dundalk
Tel: +353 (0)42 93 95250
Email administration@marshesshopping.com
Comment on Facebook
Twitter https://twitter.com/marshesshopping
– DUNGARVAN SHOPPING CENTRE
In April, Dungarvan Shopping Centre sponsored races at Kilcohan Park greyhound track in Waterford – https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=WFD&date=07-Apr-18 In the past three and half years, 53 dogs suffered injuries and 28 were killed at Kilcohan Park.

Dungarvan Shopping Centre
Shandon, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
Tel: +353 (0)58 24745
Email: goconnor@dungarvansc.ie, claire@dungarvansc.ie
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dungarvanshoppingcentre/
– BLACKPOOL SHOPPING CENTRE
In November 2017, Blackpool Shopping Centre sponsored a race at Curraheen Park track in Cork – https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=11-Nov-2017#race6

Email info@blackpool.ie
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Blackpool-Shopping-Centre-127221994013745/

Dogs continuing to suffer and die in greyhound racing – 163 injured, 53 killed in first half of 2018

13 Jul

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Shocking new statistics confirm that greyhounds are continuing to suffer and die at race tracks around Ireland. The Irish Greyhound Board figures reveal that in the first half of 2018, 163 greyhounds suffered injuries and 53 were killed by track vets.

The sickening stats were obtained this week by Clare Daly TD, further to a Dail Question to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

The greyhounds sustained injuries to hocks, wrists, legs, toes, shoulders, necks, backs, tails and muscles.

Greyhounds suffered injuries at all tracks, with the highest number recorded at Shelbourne Park (24) – followed by Galway (17) and Mullingar (16). Cork’s Curraheen Park saw the most injured greyhounds being destroyed by a track vet – 7 dogs (half of the 14 injured). Newbridge track was the worst for the percentages of greyhounds injured and killed (0.75% and 0.27% respectively).

In the past four years, 1,369 greyhounds have suffered injuries and 438 have been killed at Irish tracks. The figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the tens of thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

It’s time for the government to bring the cruel greyhound industry to an end by stopping the millions of euros in funding that is keeping it afloat. Nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money has been handed over to greyhound racing since 2001.

See the 2018 statistics document
https://www.scribd.com/document/383785516
Download the pdf

 

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GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

2018 (January to June)
Injuries: 163. Deaths 53

2017
Injuries: 357. Deaths: 124

2016
Injuries: 427. Deaths: 139

2015
Injuries: 422. Deaths: 122
ACTION ALERT

Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks. Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

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
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Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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“We’ve drafted a bill to ban fur farming in Ireland”

12 Jul
“We’ve drafted a bill to ban fur farming in Ireland”: Congratulations to Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy on their announcement today.
 
Solidarity has revealed that it will have a “Ban Fur Farming” bill ready to present to the Dail after the parliamentary summer recess.
 
In a video posted online this afternoon, Ruth Coppinger TD stated: “We believe this is something that’s really important for the welfare of animals. Mink are what are farmed in Ireland and these are actually meant to be wild, untamed animals – not put in confined spaces, certainly not farmed. They suffer from this practice enormously. We want to send a message globally that Ireland shouldn’t be a laggard in terms of animal rights and animal welfare as it has been in many other situations. We also want to dent the fur trade as well. So we are asking people to really get behind our bill over the summer and to contact their TDs to support it.”
 
In a tweet, she added: “Farming wild animals for fur is unethical and against their welfare. It’s a practice that should end.”
 
Paul Murphy TD acknowledged that “protest and political pressure by animal rights activists, by ordinary people, have already succeeded in making this an important political issue.”
 
He called on people to support the campaign over the summer by signing petitions and contacting TDs to urge them to back the bill.
 
“We know that protest works,” he said. “For example, when we had the bill to ban wild animals from circusses – under pressure from people contacting TDs, organisations protesting, the Minister was forced to bring in a regulation to effectively ban wild animals in circuses. We think that with the same kind of campaign of pressure over the coming months, we hopefully can achieve Ireland banning fur farming.”
 
It’s imperative that everybody makes contact with TDs to urge them to support this bill. Contact details can be found at https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/32
 
Watch ICABS video footage showing the cruelty of fur farming
 
Please sign and share our “Ban Fur Farming” petition
 
Email “Ban fur farming NOW” to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed – Leo.Varadkar@oir.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie
 
Tel: +353 (0)1 6194000 (Leo Varadkar)
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510 (Michael Creed)
Tweet: @campaignforleo @creedcnw Ban fur farming NOW
Comment on Facebook:
 
SAMPLE LETTER
 
Dear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Michael Creed,
 
I support a total ban on fur farming and an immediate closure of Ireland’s fur farms.
 
In these hellholes, animals suffer a horrendous life of misery before being cruelly gassed to death. There is absolutely no justification for allowing this cruelty to continue.
 
Please ban fur farming now.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
[Name/Location]

 

Another mass greyhound grave discovered – this time in Australia

12 Jul

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RSPCA Australia has uncovered another mass greyhound grave, today’s Sydney Morning Herald is reporting. The discovery of the remains of nine greyhounds at the property of a licensed trainer has prompted fresh calls for a ban on greyhound racing in New South Wales. Also found and seized at the property were nine sick and emaciated greyhounds who required urgent veterinary attention. Read the full story below…

This is sadly not the first such discovery. Three years ago, the bodies of 55 greyhounds were found in a mass grave in Bundaberg in Queensland. Investigators there said they believed the greyhounds were beaten to death or shot after a baseball bat and rifle were found nearby.

In 2006, The Sunday Times exposed the mass killing of greyhounds in the UK. In an article headed “Revealed: the man who killed 10,000 dogs”, it reported: “For the past 15 years David Smith, a builders’ merchant, has been killing healthy greyhounds no longer considered by their trainers to be fast enough to race. He buries them in a one-acre plot at the back of his home in Seaham, Co Durham. Last week The Sunday Times covertly filmed Smith on two consecutive days receiving greyhounds from trainers before killing them with a bolt gun, dumping them in the plot and covering over the ‘graves’ using a mechanical digger.”

Two of the dogs photographed “being led to their deaths by David Smith” were Irish dogs Clash Nitro and Rent a Flyer. After being killed, “Smith was photographed just moments later pushing the greyhounds’ bodies in a wheelbarrow to bury them behind his house. Both dogs were less than three years old when they were killed.” Before being exported to the UK, the two dogs had been raced at tracks in Youghal, Clonmel, Newbridge, Dublin, Thurles, Derry and Lifford.

Here in Ireland, an estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing each year – believed killed and disposed of when found to be too slow to win races for owners.

In 2012, the decomposing remains of six greyhounds were found dumped in a quarry in Limerick. Marion Fitzgibbon of Limerick Animal Welfare described the horrific scene as follows: “There are five greyhounds that are fully recognisable and then there are portions of greyhounds. I saw a leg and a body almost severed in two, there is a lot of blood. The dogs that aren’t decomposed seem to have been shot in the head.”

At Newcastle West District Court the following year, a judge heard that John Corkery – “a well-known greyhound trainer, with 18 years’ experience” – handed two greyhounds over to a man to shoot them in the head because the dogs “showed no promise of chasing hares”. The Irish Examiner reported on April 26 2013 that Corkery was “avoiding paying a vet 80 euros to have each dog humanely put down by injection” and that the dogs were later found, along with four other greyhounds, rotting in the quarry. Limerick’s Live 95 FM reported that Corkery “told Gardai he saw nothing wrong with shooting a dog in the head”.

Greyhounds continue to be mercilessly killed around the country. 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.

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks. Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com

Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, michael.creed@oir.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

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
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Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
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RSPCA UNCOVER GREYHOUND MASS GRAVE IN WESTERN SYDNEY
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2018
By Rachel Clun

The RSPCA has uncovered a mass greyhound grave in western Sydney, on the property of a licensed and registered greyhound trainer.

RSPCA NSW was tipped off about the Marsden Park property on July 3, and inspectors arrived to find an open pit containing the remains of nine greyhounds, RSPCA NSW acting chief inspector Andrew Clachers said.

“It’s confronting … and it’s quite a gruesome task that they then had to go through, to preserve the evidence of those deceased greyhounds.”

The grim discovery comes almost exactly two years after then-NSW premier Mike Baird banned greyhound racing in the state, only to reverse the ban just months later.

Federally, the RSPCA does not support greyhound racing because of “significant and entrenched animal welfare problems inherent in the greyhound racing industry”.

Mr Clachers said the main concern for local RSPCA inspectors and branches was simply the welfare of the animals.

“We will continue to advocate for improvements in greyhound welfare,” he said.

During the raid, senior RSPCA NSW inspectors also seized nine sick and emaciated dogs that had “such pressing and urgent veterinary needs that they required immediate treatment,” Mr Clachers said.

“Some of [the greyhounds] that we seized we had concerns as to whether they would make it, they were so ill.”

Three more greyhounds were seized on July 9, after written veterinary instructions for their treatment were not followed by the owner.

The dogs were suffering from a variety of conditions, including emaciation, internal parasites, fleas, severe dental disease, pressure sores and overgrown nails.

All the greyhounds have since been surrendered to the RSPCA, and the acting chief inspector said that, now they were in the care of RSPCA veterinarians, they were “all going fine”.

“I’ve gone down and seen some of them myself; they are appreciating the care and attention that they’re getting,” he said.

“We’ll seek to rehome them after they’ve been through an assessment process; they seem to be good-natured.”

A forensic veterinary pathologist has conducted an autopsy on the remains of the dead greyhounds, and Mr Clachers said more testing was under way to determine how and when the dogs died.

A spokesperson for the Greyhound Welfare Integrity Commission, which was launched as the industry regulator on July 1, said it was investigating the “serious alleged animal cruelty” alongside the RSPCA.

“Investigations are on-going and GWIC is providing the RSPCA with continued support,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“Legally no further comment can be made as investigations are ongoing.”

Mr Clachers said the RSPCA had no history of complaints about the greyhound trainer from Marsden Park before this month.

The maximum penalty for aggravated animal cruelty is two-years’ imprisonment and $22,000 in fines, while charges of an act of cruelty or failing to provide veterinary treatment carry maximum penalties of six months’ imprisonment or $5500 in fines.

Greens NSW MP and the party’s animal welfare spokeswoman, Mehreen Faruqi, said: “The images are absolutely gruesome and show the consequences of an industry that treats animals as disposable commodities, to be discarded once they stop turning a profit.

“The fact that such cruelty is happening in 2018 shows that nothing has changed.

“This incident just shows that the second chance given to the industry was a huge mistake and all the promises they made to end the cruelty lack any kind of credibility.

“This is not yet another bad apple. This is evidence of continued systemic cruelty and disregard for animal welfare,” Dr Faruqi said.

“Barely a week goes by without continued deaths on tracks, drugging and animals being put down for entirely treatable injuries. The reality is that animals always suffer when they are used and abused for gambling.”

In a statement, PETA Australia spokeswoman Emma Hurst said this recent RSPCA investigation showed “the battle against the abuse of animals for entertainment and financial gain continues”.

“When the New South Wales government backflipped on the greyhound racing ban, we all knew that thousands of dogs would continue to suffer in this abusive and unjustifiable industry in which cruelty – including the mass slaughter of healthy dogs – is a business model for ‘success’,” Ms Hurst said.

She said the industry had already had “plenty of opportunities” to reform itself.

“The majority of Australians abhor the inherent brutality of greyhound racing,” she said.

“PETA urges everyone to stay away from the tracks.”

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/rspca-uncover-greyhound-mass-grave-in-western-sydney-20180712-p4zr03.html

 

RSPCA AUSTRALIA STATEMENT ON GREYHOUND RACING

RSPCA Australia considers that there are significant and entrenched animal welfare problems inherent in the greyhound racing industry. These include problems with over-supply, injuries, physical overexertion, inadequate housing, lack of socialisation and environmental enrichment, training, illegal live baiting, administration of banned or unregistered substances, export and the fate of unwanted greyhounds (high wastage and high euthanasia rates). http://kb.rspca.org.au/what-are-the-animal-welfare-issues-associated-with-greyhound-racing-in-australia_617.html