School urged to stop using greyhound as fundraiser

10 Nov


A school in Kildare, Ireland is being urged to stop exposing pupils to the cruel greyhound industry and using a greyhound as a fundraiser.

Gaelscoil Chill Dara’s “Cu Abu” – a female greyhound – has been entered into six races since June, winning the first two and finishing just third or fourth in subsequent races.

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website Cu Abu is the school’s mascot, “providing an opportunity for learning about animal ownership and rearing, and helping the school’s fundraising efforts through prize money and a fundraising night at Newbridge Greyhound Stadium.”

The dog is sponsored by pro-coursing bus company Dublin Coach (which also has links to Cityscape Dublin Tours and Quick Park carpark near Dublin Airport – both of which offer greyhound race tickets).

In an email to school principal, Seán de Paor, ICABS stated: “Given that greyhound racing is a gambling industry which involves horrendous cruelty and killing, it is surprising that any school would deem it appropriate to expose pupils to it.”

“Are Gaelscoil Chill Dara pupils being taught about the thousands of greyhounds who go missing every year (because they are not quick enough to make money for unscrupulous owners) or the greyhounds dumped and killed when they fail to win races? Are they aware of the export of Irish greyhounds to China and other regions where no animal protection exists or the international campaigns aimed at securing a ban on greyhound racing due to the cruelty involved?”

Greyhound protection group, Pet Levrieri, has condemned the exploitation of the greyhound, saying in a statement: “All kids love a puppy but these young children would be shocked to know that their mascot could easily become one of the thousands of greyhounds injured, killed or perhaps worse exported to suffer shocking cruelty in a Chinese Canindrome – Cù Abu is lucky to get this far. Some puppies are killed in the name of ‘selective breeding’ before they even see a racetrack. Dogs who do become racers typically live in cages, often developing muzzle sores from rubbing their noses on the bars of their ‘home’.”

Among the victims of the Irish greyhound industry this year are an emaciated greyhound dumped in Tipperary with her ears burned with acid (to remove markings which would identify the owner) and the tip of her tail hacked off. Last month, an ex-racing greyhound with ribcage protruding and infested with fleas and worms was rescued in Galway. Earlier in the year, a pregnant greyhound was found brutally killed in a cemetery in Clonmel.

According to the Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland, greyhounds are expected to live to 14 years on average but in the greyhound industry, the lifespan is just 3-4 years. Many of these dogs are either euthanised, abandoned or end up in local authority pounds. GRAI also notes that in 2014, it was reported that there were 717 injuries to greyhounds, arising from dogs skidding and crashing on the surfaces of tracks, and that that 3-4 dogs are euthanised at each operational racing track every Saturday.


Contact Gaelscoil Chill Dara and urge the school to disassociate from cruel greyhound racing and, instead of exploiting Cu Abu, allow her to retire to a loving home.

Principal Seán de Paor
Gaelscoil Chill Dara,
An Bóthar Glas,
An Currach,
Co Kildare

Phone: +353 (0)45 442300

Urge the Irish Government to stop handing out millions of euros to the greyhound industry and instead invest the money in schools and sports clubs. The greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euro since 2001, including 16 million in Budget 2017. As long as schools are being forced to fundraise, the government should not be squandering taxpayers’ money on a gambling industry.

Please sign and share our petition

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
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
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

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.
Fax: +353 (0)1-661 1013.
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Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
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