Actress Virginia McKenna calls on Irish Govt to “end disgraceful trade”

27 May

virginia mckenna born free irish greyhounds china irish mail on sunday may 22 2016

Hollywood actress Virginia McKenna is the latest high profile celebrity to condemn the Irish Government for failing to ban the export of greyhounds to China.

In a report in the Irish Mail on Sunday (22nd May 2016), the star of Born Free stated: “I cannot believe what I have just read – that the Irish Government continues to send greyhounds to race in China. Not only a long and distressing journey, but – without a question – a terrible and fearful future.”

Ms McKenna, who is a founder of the Born Free Foundation, added that “if the Irish Government has an ounce of compassion and understanding, it will immediately end this disgraceful ‘trade’.”

At least nine Irish greyhounds have already been sent to China in recent months. Their final destination – the notorious Canidrome racetrack in Macau which is considered the world’s worst.

International protests and a petition signed by over 300,000 have yet to spur Agriculture Minister Michael Creed into action. The Minister, who supports bloodsports, is merely pointing to Irish Greyhound Board advice to greyhound exporters to “only export to destinations that provide the expected levels of care and management as defined in the IGB’s Code of Practice for the welfare of greyhounds.”

This is advice Minister Creed knows was clearly ignored this month when a greyhound breeder/hare courser tried to export 24 Irish greyhounds to China. The dogs were saved from a terrible fate 10,000 km away – not because of any advice from the IGB but thanks to staff at London’s Heathrow Airport. They stopped the dogs from being loaded on to a plane after noting that the crates they were confined to were in bad condition and not fit for transport.

Until Michael Creed and the government take the necessary steps to stop the export, more Irish greyhounds are at risk of ending up at the Canidrome deathtrap.

There is no doubt about the horrendous conditions there.

The Irish Mail on Sunday quotes the head of Macau’s Animal Control Division as admitting that the plight of greyhounds there is “terrible”. “They euthanise about 30 dogs each month,” he said. “Only a few of them are put down because they are injured. For most, it is because they can’t run and can’t win.”


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
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
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

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

Support the upcoming demonstrations in London, Milan and Dublin

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.

Saturday 28th May 2016, 3pm
Foxrock Village, Dublin
“Lufthansa – Do Not Fly Greyhounds to Their Deaths in China”

Saturday 28th May 2016, 10am–1pm
Via Dante Alighieri, 20020 Cesate MI, Italy

Saturday 28th May 2016, 10am-6pm
Area12 Shopping Center Torino, Strada comunale di Altessano 141, 10151 Turin, Italy

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 12pm-2pm

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 8:30am–10am
Irish Consulate Sydney, Level 26, 1 Market St, Sydney, Australia NSW 2000

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 11:30am–1pm
Consulate of Ireland, 1/100 Terrace Rd East Perth

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
Ritrovo ore 15 in Piazza del Popolo Corteo pacifico attraverso il centro città (Roma) lungo via del Corso

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
Piazza Prato della Valle (PD)

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.

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3pm–6pm
P.zza XX Settembre ore 15,00 davanti al cinema Politeama.

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm–8.30pm
Piazza Castello, 10100 Turin, Italy

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm–8.30pm
Piazzale Mandraccio, Genova

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm–8pm
Napoli (centro Storico), 80138 Naples, Italy

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm–8pm
Piazza Cavour, 22100 Como, Italy

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 3:30pm–6:30pm
Centro Storico Di Asolo, 31011 Asolo, Italy

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm–8pm
Duomo Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy

Thursday 2nd June 2016, 5pm–8pm
Via Rindi, 56123 Pisa, Italy


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