Former TD Peter Mathews who passed away today, 28th February 2017, was one of the politicians who pushed for an end to the export of Irish greyhounds to China.
As a new Fine Gael TD in April 2011, Deputy Mathews questioned “plans to give approval to Bord na gCon to allow the Irish Greyhound Board to send Irish greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China”. He asked then Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney if “his attention has been drawn to the fact that China does not have a good track record regarding its treatment of animals”.
The next month, in a follow-up Dail question, he asked the Minister “if he will ensure the Irish Greyhound Board is prevented from exporting greyhounds to China via a third country”.
He was told that following a meeting with Bord na gCon, it was “agreed that Bord na gCon would drop its proposal to export greyhounds to China”.
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