Smyth’s Toystore voucher in shameful greyhound racing offer

16 May
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is urging Smyth’s Toys to act to remove its toy vouchers from an Irish Greyhound Board promotion aimed at luring children to tracks.
In a letter to Smyth’s Toys director, Tony Smyth, ICABS highlighted the IGB’s “Communion & Confirmation Celebrations At The Dogs” offer which includes a “free €5 Smyths toy store voucher”. The offer is available at 8 greyhound tracks – including Limerick track (the worst in Ireland for dog deaths) and Mullingar (the worst for dog injuries).
A brochure advertising the promotion can be seen at
We have appealled to Smyths Toys to follow Tesco Ireland, Electric Ireland, Toyota Ireland and other companies who have disassociated from this cruel industry in which dogs suffer and die.
“As we are sure you will agree, it is entirely inappropriate for any gambling business to target children, particularly when there is a risk they will be exposed to upsetting scenes of dogs suffering injuries and crying out in pain,” we stated in our appeal to Tony Smyth. “In the past three years alone, over a thousand greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were destroyed by track vets. This includes 105 injuries reported at Shelbourne Park and 24 dogs killed, 144 injured at Limerick stadium, with 44 killed and 211 dogs injured at Mullingar track, with 45 killed.”
We also told Mr Smyth about the 2,649 greyhounds who have been destroyed in Irish pounds in the past eight years and the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year, presumed killed when found to be too slow.
“We hope Smyths will take action to disassociate its brand from this industry and remove your toy vouchers from the greyhound track promotion,” we added.
Join us in our appeal to Smyth’s Toys to act to remove its vouchers and brand from the Irish Greyhound Board promotion.
Tony Smyth
Smyth’s Toys
Lyrr Building 1,
Mervue Business Park
Tweet to: @AskSmythsToys
Contact the Minister for Children and urge her to intervene to stop this semi-state gambling industry targeting children.
Katherine Zappone, TD
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4
Phone: 085 2196189 OR 01 647 3000
Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks. 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 or order copies by emailing
Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and demand an end to the use of public funds to prop up the dying greyhound industry. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to,,,
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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Tweet to @Paschald
Please sign and share our petition
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

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