Mullingar greyhound track now “in jeopardy”

12 Jun

As Ireland’s cruel greyhound industry continues to crumble, it has emerged that Mullingar greyhound track is now “in jeopardy”. The track is apparently struggling to get enough entries to run a Sunday meeting and there are threats of a picket outside.

The suspension of “unofficial trials” at the Mullingar track is, according to the local greyhound owners association, “putting the track in jeopardy and going to have a detrimental effect on the dog pool which is already struggling to get the required amount of dogs to run a Sunday meeting”. The suspension follows the launch of a probe into alleged betting irregularities which saw €50,000 being paid out on 72 near-simultaneous bets on a race at the track.

At a meeting held at the track, the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) was told that “owners were already talking about a picket on the track unless the trials are reinstated immediately”.

This comes in the same week it was reported that Clonmel greyhound track is “in serious trouble”, with track supporters forced to hold an extraordinary general meeting. The track is in such serious trouble that the “track supporters club is being asked to pay wages and fuel for [the track] tractor”.

Earlier this year, Harold’s Cross greyhound stadium in Dublin was shut down, leading to ongoing pickets outside nearby Shelbourne Park stadium. The blockade and subsequent suspension of racing could, predicts the IGB’s interim CEO, damage the industry beyond repair.

The Irish public is clearly rejecting the greyhound industry which has seen massive falls in track attendance, betting, meetings and sponsorship. More and more people are boycotting it due to growing awareness about the cruelty and killing of dogs and the export of greyhounds to countries such as China and Pakistan where there are little or no animal welfare standards.

It is time for the government to finally stop ploughing millions of euros of taxpayers’ money into this dying industry. At present, the greyhound board receives over €307,000 per week as part of a 2017 grant. This brings the total handed over by the government since 2001 to a quarter of a billion euros.

URGENT ACTION ALERT

Contact the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and all your local TDs and demand an end to the funding of the greyhound industry.

Email “No more funding for cruel greyhound industry” to michael.creed@oir.ie, leo.varadkar@oir.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Email: michael.creed@oir.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Tweet to @creedcnw

Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses
http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=32&disp=mem

 

Please sign and share our petition

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

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

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