Irish greyhound “hit over the head with a spade”

11 Apr
An Irish greyhound who got “hit over the head with a spade” when found to be too slow for racing has appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Broadcast on 3rd April, the programme featured Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection who spoke about the many victims of greyhound racing, including the dogs injured and killed.
“The question is asked – what happens to the ones who don’t make the track?,” she told viewers. “Eli, who is here now, didn’t make the grade. He actually got hit over the head with a spade in Ireland.”
The Good Morning Britain’s “Ban Greyhound Racing?” discussion also featured John McCririck who ridiculously claimed that the greyhound breed would die out if racing was banned. Horse racing pundit McCririck has previously worked as a “hare coursing correspondent” and attended Clonmel’s coursing cruelty festival.
His support for greyhound racing comes despite sickening statistics recently released by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain revealing that 4,837 greyhound injuries were recorded in 2017, with 257 dogs destroyed at tracks. The statistics also show that 1,003 greyhounds died upon retirement last year. As reported in The Times of March 15th, “333 dogs were killed because it was deemed too expensive to treat them or they had a poor prognosis [and] at least 348 dogs were destroyed because they could not be rehomed”.
It is likely that many of these dead dogs were from Ireland. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, has stated that “80 per cent of the greyhounds in the UK are exported from Ireland”.
During 2017 in Ireland, 357 greyhounds suffered injuries at races and 124 were reported destroyed by track vets. These deaths are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg. An estimated 10,000 greyhounds go missing here each year, presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.
Being hit over the head with a spade is just one of the horrific fates awaiting greyhounds. As highlighted by Limerick Animal Welfare on RTE’s Prime Time last year, “They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We’ve had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned.”
Watch the full Good Morning Britain segment at
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