Urge RTE to remove greyhound racing from its “sports” coverage

27 Oct

RTE Television is being urged to remove greyhound racing from its “sports” coverage. In September, the channel featured greyhound racing (2017 Greyhound Derby final from Shelbourne Park), despite ongoing revelations about cruelty, drugging and killing of dogs.

Last year, RTE’s Head of Sport, Ryle Nugent, stated: “RTE Sport is delighted to continue our support of Irish greyhound racing. Irish greyhound racing coverage continues to be important for us and represents part of our public service broadcasting remit. We look forward to bringing the public all the thrills and spills of the 2016 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.”

More and more of this public is rejecting greyhound racing – evident in a major 50 per cent fall in track attendance and a 58 per cent drop in sponsorship. It is time for RTE to follow suit.

It is particularly inappropriate for RTE to include greyhound racing in its “sports” coverage, given the fact that the channel has been to the forefront in exposing the animal cruelty inherent in the Irish greyhound industry. During the year, RTE programmes including Prime Time, Drivetime and Claire Byrne Live have exposed the appalling killing, dumping and doping of greyhounds.

ACTION ALERT

Urge RTE to permanently cancel its coverage of greyhound racing.

Tel: +353 (0)1 208 3111
Email: info@rte.ie
Comment on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ExploreRTE/
Tweet: @RTE @RTE2 @RyleNugentRTE Please drop greyhound racing from your “sports” coverage

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