Toyota Ireland is being urged to act to stop its brand being associated with the cruel greyhound racing industry.
The call comes after it emerged that a “Main Toyota Dealer” in Cork is sponsoring a greyhound racing event at Curraheen Park track and offering a Toyota van as a prize.
The 3-race “Grandons Toyota Open stake” event started last month, with the final race tomorrow, Saturday 12th November.
On its website, sponsor Grandons Toyota Cork states: “Grandons Toyota is delighted to welcome a new partnership with Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium Cork, with the addition of a new 24 dog Mini Open Stake to the Cork racing calendar. The Grandons Toyota Mini Open will begin on Saturday 29th October and run over 3 weekends with the Final on Saturday 12th November. The overall winner of the competition will receive €3,500 in prizemoney.”
The company is also offering “a bonus prize of a new Toyota Proace Van” for the owner of any of the finalist dogs who break the track record. http://www.grandons.ie/pages/news/local-article/grandons-toyota-announce-sponsorship-of-the-mini-open-at-curraheen-park#sthash.8h63pCWw.dpuf
Announcing the races, Grandons Toyota tweeted: “Proud Sponsors @CorkDogs Mini Open 525, which gets under way on 29th Oct. #Toyota #greyhoundracing #curraheen” https://twitter.com/GrandonsToyota/status/788441605757931523
Promotional photos show a man in a Toyota car with a greyhound in the back seat, while another photo shows the greyhound standing next to the vehicle, wearing a jacket featuring Toyota logos.
In an email to Toyoto Ireland, ICABS stated: “We trust that given the massive international opposition to greyhound racing in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Italy, Australia and other countries, Toyota would not want to be in any way associated with this activity.”
We highlighted the cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry – deaths, injuries, greyhounds dumped and mutilated and the thousands of greyhounds who go “missing” every year because they are not fast enough to win. Also mentioned was the cruel and illegal blooding and doping of greyhounds.
Among the victims of the Irish greyhound industry are a former racing greyhound found emaciated last month with his bones protruding and infested with worms and fleas. Another dumped greyhound was discovered with her ears burned with acid (to obliterate identity tattoos) and her tail hacked off.
Toyota Ireland was also told about the shocking export of Irish greyhounds to countries with no animal protection. We pointed out that one of the greyhounds (Two Stone Tadgh) exported to a life of misery and certain death at the infamous Canidrome track in Macau earlier this year, last raced at Curraheen Park where he finished second last. The exports sparked major protests in Ireland and around the world.
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.
Join us in appealing to Toyota Ireland and Gandons Toyota Cork to show compassion for the dogs used and abused in the greyhound industry and disassociate from greyhound racing.
Grandons Toyota Cork
Tel: +353 (0)1 4190200 (Toyota Ireland) / +353 (0)21 485 8300 (Grandons Toyota Cor)
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