Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland are being urged to stop promoting greyhound racing as a tourist attraction.
In the Irish Greyhound Board’s latest annual report, it is stated: “Bord na gCon worked very closely with the domestic and international teams from Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland in promoting a night at the dogs…”
Responding to a recent complaint about the promotion, Failte Ireland stated: “Failte Ireland use greyhound stadiums as part of promoting Ireland to our international visitors and they have enjoyed this immensely. This is a great way of promoting the Irish culture to tourists coming to Ireland…”
Tourism Ireland and Bord Failte have been praised in the past for recognising the cruelty of bloodsports and ending all promotion of foxhunting and hare coursing. Given the suffering inherrent in the greyhound industry, it would be very appropriate for them to also stop promoting greyhound racing. This is an industry in which dogs are injured, killed, mutilated and dumped. Thousands go missing every year, most likely killed if not quick enough to win races.
There is growing opposition to greyhound racing in Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. The greyhound industry is bad for Ireland’s image and should not be promoted by our national tourism bodies. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions – there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Failte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.
Join us in appealing to Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland to consider the cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry and stop promoting greyhound racing.
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