“My Department will continue to support greyhound racing”

9 Oct

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The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has insisted that the government will continue to fund the cruel greyhound industry.

Minister Creed was responding to a 16th September Dail question from Clare Daly TD (Dublin Fingal, United Left) in which she asked “if he will refuse any further State funding to the Irish Greyhound Board and the greyhound industry”.

“My Department will continue to support the sector,” Minister Creed stated. “Successive governments have provided financial support for the development of the greyhound racing sector, which is an important contributor to the economy and employment and a significant sporting and leisure activity enjoying the support of participants in both urban and rural areas.”

Despite plummeting attendance, tote and sponsorship and ongoing animal cruelty, the Irish Government continues to pump millions of euros of taxpayers’ money into the greyhound industry every year. They gave out €10.8 million in 2014, €13.6 million in 2015 and €14.8 million in 2016. It’s time for this to stop.

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Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industr
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Given the ongoing fall in attendances at tracks, it is clear that the general public has little interest in greyhound racing. Tell the Irish Government to stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry.

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Email: michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie
Tweet to: @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd
Tweet to: @creedcnw

Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Email: andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie
Michael Creed TD and blood sports

In a statement issued in October 2009, Michael Creed, TD (Fine Gael, Cork North West) stated: “Fine Gael supports country sports which are carried out humanely, properly supervised and monitored and that do not involve any undue risk to animal welfare. If these criteria can be satisfied Fine Gael does not oppose properly licensed country sports activities. Fine Gael will oppose any move by Government to deny groups who have conducted their activities as per their licences, the right to continue to pursue these activities in the future. We believe that imposing a ban on these licensed activities would be a retrograde step both in terms of animal welfare and economically. ”

Fine Gael’s Spokesperson for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Michael Creed, has been asked by ICABS to stop defending the cruel blood sport of beagling. In a Sunday Independent report, the County Cork TD sided with the beaglers and criticised Minister John Gormley for restricting the beagling season. The June 1st 2008 article quoted Deputy Creed as saying that “any assault on the ordinary working man’s pursuit of beagling by some Green metropolitan latte-drinking elite would not be taken lying down”.

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