A ladies football team in Galway is being urged to show compassion for dogs and scrap an upcoming fundraiser at a greyhound track.
Galway Ladies Gaelic Football Club says it is “looking forward to” a Night at the Dogs fundraiser on May 6th.
In a letter to the club, the Irish Council Against Bloodsports said it was inappropriate to expose youngsters to a gambling venue and to an industry which involves animal cruelty and killing.
We referred to an RTE Prime Time report – https://youtu.be/PIUkAGa708s – earlier last month in which chairperson of Limerick Animal Welfare, Marion Fitzgibbon conveyed some of the greyhound industry’s horrors. She stated: “We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We’ve had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned.”
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.
While we understand the importance of fund-raising to sports clubs, we are asking Galway Ladies Gaelic Football Club to consider the plight of thousands of dogs and choose an alternative method of raising funds. Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep this cruel industry alive, because the track takes a significant commission and also profits from food and drink sales on the day.
Once again, we same shame on the Irish Government for handing over a quarter of a billion euros of public funds to greyhound racing over the past 16 years, while genuine sports clubs around Ireland struggle for funds. Funding for the collapsing greyhound industry saw an increase in 2017 while funding for sports was cut.
Contact Galway Ladies Gaelic Football Club and politely ask them to stop fundraising at a greyhound track and choose fundraisers that don’t involve exploitation of animals.
Chairman Paul Gannon
Galway Ladies Gaelic Football Club
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