CALL OFF HORSE & GREYHOUND RACING DUE TO HEATWAVE

28 Jun

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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on the Minister with responsibility for animal welfare, Michael Creed, to intervene and call off all horse racing and greyhound racing meetings, as the temperatures continue to rise.

Three horse racing meetings have already taken place this week – Kilbeggan, Ballinrobe and Naas – in temperatures ranging in the mid twenties and Met Eireann is predicting that tomorrow, temperatures will reach the 30 degree mark. Another horse racing meeting is scheduled for Tipperary this evening, Thursday, while there is to be three days of racing at the Curragh on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Forcing horses and dogs to race in these high temperatures is, without doubt, cruel and leaves them at risk of heat stress and heat stroke. At Cheltenham last April, during a 26 degrees heatwave, a horse collapsed and died after a race, while two other horses showed signs of heat stress.

Horse racing at the best of times is onerous for horses, and figures recently released to Clare Daly TD by Horse Racing Ireland reveal that in 2017, a total of 116 horses died at racecourses throughout the country, and already this year, 44 Irish horses suffered injuries and were put down at UK racecourses.

Meanwhile, 385 greyhounds suffered injuries and were put down at greyhound tracks over the last three years, according to figures supplied by the Irish Greyhound Board.

URGENT ACTION ALERT

Contact Minister Creed now and urge him to intervene to stop all racing during the heatwave.

Email: michael.creed@oir.ie, AnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510 (Michael Creed)
Tweet: @creedcnw
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd

Urge Dubai Duty Free – sponsors of the “Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival” at The Curragh this weekend – to show compassion for the horses and back calls for racing to be suspended.

Dubai Duty Free
PO Box 831
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: (971-4)2162453
Email: Customer.Service@ddf.ae, marketing@ddf.ae
Tweet: @DubaiDutyFree @DDFRacing Please support calls on Irish Minister with responsibility for animal welfare to call off all horse racing during heatwave

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