Another GAA fundraiser at greyhound track

13 Jul


Sad to see another GAA club disregarding the cruelty of the greyhound industry and fundraising at a track.

Kildare News is reporting that Eadestown GAA is to hold a fundraiser at Newbridge greyhound track this month – “Funds raised on the night will be used for the future development of the club’s facilities.”

ICABS has drawn the club’s attention to the recent RTE Prime Time report on which Limerick Animal Welfare’s Marion Fitzgibbon conveyed some of the industry’s horrors. “We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year,” she stated. “They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We’ve had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned.”

These greyhounds are killed when they are unable to win races and make money for unscrupulous owners. Other dogs are injured, mutilated and abandoned.

While we understand the importance of fund-raising to sports clubs, we are asking Eadestown GAA to consider the plight of thousands of dogs used and abused in the greyhound industry and choose an alternative method of raising funds that does not involve animal exploitation. 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.

We encourage all sports clubs to join us in lobbying the government to stop giving millions of euros of taxpayers’ money to the greyhound industry. This year, government funding for sports clubs was cut, while funding to the greyhound industry was increased to €16 million. Since 2001, it has received a quarter of a billion euros of public funds.


Urge Eadestown GAA club to show compassion for the dogs and choose an alternative fundraiser.

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