Irish greyhound suffers horrific fall during UK race

11 Mar


Sickening video footage has emerged showing another Irish greyhound suffering an horrific fall during a race in England.

As highlighted by Greyt Exploitations – – 3-year-old Galzaghe Bucko was being raced at a greyhound track in Sunderland when he fell hard at the first bend, stumbled head over heals and crashed hard into a trackside barrier.

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, Galzaghe Bucko was born in Ireland in August 2013 and before being exported to the UK was used for racing here from November 2014 up until 3rd July 2015. His final race here was at Longford greyhound track where he finished last. In England, he was used in 14 races in 2015 and 2016.

Crashes like the one suffered by Galzaghe Bucko are not uncommon in cruel greyhound racing. The Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland states that in Ireland in 2014, for example, 717 injuries were reported arising from dogs skidding and crashing on the surface of inadequately maintained tracks and “3-4 dogs are euthanised at each operational racing track every Saturday.”

“Ireland produces and exports more greyhounds than any other country in the world, and every decision in an Irish greyhound’s life is conditioned by economics,” GRAI states. “Greyhounds are treated as disposable commodities. Each year thousands of Irish greyhounds retire from racing. While a few live out happy retirements, many thousands are cruelly abandoned or destroyed at the end of their racing careers.”

Other cruelties in the greyhound industry include the blooding of dogs on live animals, the drugging of dogs to make them run quicker or slower and the “disappearance” of thousands of greyhounds every year.


Don’t attend greyhound races or community fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry).

The Irish Government has shamefully granted €16 million to greyhound racing for 2017, bringing the total since 2001 to nearly quarter of a billion euro. Greyhound racing should not be funded by the people of Ireland, the majority of whom have no interest in it and are rightly opposed to an industry in which dogs are injured, dumped and killed. Please join us in urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Finance Minister Michael Noonan to stop squandering millions of euros of scarce public funds on propping up this cruel and dying industry.

Email “Stop using public money to fund the cruel greyhound industry” to,,,

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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Tweet to @creedcnw

Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Tweet to @ADoyleTD

Contact your TDs and tell them you don’t want public funds to be used to support the cruel greyhound industry.

Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

Please sign and share the petitions
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Stop sponsoring cruel greyhound racing

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