Tesco Ireland has told the Irish Council Against Blood Sports that the greyhound racing Clubcard deal it scrapped last month had not been popular with customers.
In an email to ICABS, a Tesco spokersperson stated: “I can confirm that following consultation with the Irish Greyhound Board, this offer has concluded as a result of low levels of redemption since the beginning of 2016 and customer feedback.”
The decision to cancel the deal was announced after appeals from animal activists in Ireland and around the world who told Tesco about the appalling cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry, including dog injuries and deaths at tracks, the mutilation and dumping of dogs who aren’t quick enough to win, the blooding of dogs and the “disappearence” of thousands of greyhounds every year.
The revelation that the greyhound racing Clubcard deal had “low levels of redemption” is further evidence of the lack of interest in greyhound racing in Ireland. Greyhound industry statistics confirm this, with figures showing a 50 per cent drop in attendances at tracks in recent years and a massive 58 per cent fall in sponsorship.
It is clear that both the Irish public and Irish businesses are rejecting greyhound racing. It is time for the government to follow suit and stop propping up this cruel industry with millions of euros of taxpayers’ money (nearly a quarter of a billion euro to-date)
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