“A shortage of entries”: Greyhound auction CANCELLED

18 Mar

A greyhound auction due to take place this month at Cork’s Curraheen Park track has been cancelled “due to a shortage of entries”.

A “CURRAHEEN PARK SALES NOT GOING AHEAD” notice on the Irish Greyhound Board website states: “The sales scheduled for Saturday 24th March at Curraheen Park have unfortunately been cancelled due to a shortage of entries.”

The sales were to be part of an Irish Greyhound Board “Let’s Get Racing 2018” campaign to “encourage syndicates in greyhound ownership”.

In its recently published “Strategic Plan 2018-2022”, the IGB acknowledges the “falling numbers of breeders, owners and trainers” and outlines a plan to “promote syndication…with the key goal of introducing greyhound ownership to a wider/younger audience”.

The shortage which led to the cancellation of the Curraheen Park sales could be linked to a drop in the number of greyhounds being bred for racing in Ireland. As reported by ICABS in January, the number has fallen to “the lowest since the early days of the sport”.

According to greyhound racing website, Greyhound Star, “breeding numbers have fallen by almost exactly 50% in 15 years” and the decline is accelerating with “matings for 2017 down a massive 9%”.

“The bad news is that it is almost – bar a slight anomaly in 2013/14 – the seventh consecutive year of decline, meaning breeding numbers have fallen by almost exactly 50% in 15 years,” Greyhound Star outlined, adding that many breeders have “already given up” and that “there seems negligible chance of any resurgence in Irish breeding any time soon.”

These latest breeding numbers mirror similar figures showing that greyhound owners are abandoning the dying greyhound industry in their thousands.

In response to a Dail Question from ICABS President, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, the Irish Greyhound Board confirmed last year that the number of active owners of racing greyhounds has plummeted by nearly 50 per cent in the past decade. Information supplied to Deputy O’Sullivan by the IGB shows a major exodus from the industry – there were 7,265 fewer owners of racing greyhounds in 2015 than in 2007. The numbers fell every year from 14,869 in 2007 to 7,604 in 2015.

In other greyhound racing news, racing has been cancelled at Galway track this Saturday due to unspecified “operational reasons”.

ACTION ALERT

Don’t attend greyhound races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry). Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln170616.htm or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com

The cruel and crumbling greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001 (including €16 million for 2018). Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry and instead direct the money to charities and other deserving causes. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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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

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