Fresh appeal to GAA to stop fundraisers at gambling venues where dogs die

26 Oct

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The GAA is once again being urged to put an end to club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. The latest appeal comes after Grenagh GAA club in Cork announced a fundraiser at Curraheen Park – where in the past three and a half years, 83 greyhounds suffered injuries and 30 died or were killed.

Nationwide, in the same period, 1,369 greyhounds suffered injuries, with 438 destroyed.

Grenagh GAA is promoting the event as “a fun night out with family and friends” but it’s no fun for the dogs who may be seen falling, writhing on the ground in agony and crying out in pain.

Given recent revelations about gambling addiction problems among GAA players, it is also most inappropriate for GAA clubs to choose gambling venues as fundraising locations.

In an email to the GAA, ICABS stated: “The GAA has a duty to protect its players and this must include prohibiting club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. Allowing GAA clubs to expose children to a gambling environment is at odds with the GAA’s stated concerns about the growing problem of gambling in Ireland and it undermines efforts to educate players about gambling addiction.

Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep the cruel greyhound industry afloat – the track takes a 30-40 per cent commission from ticket sales and also profits from gambling and food/drink sales on the night.

Greyhound racing is also sustaining the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing – all greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club and the registration fees help fund coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds at coursing meetings. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings.

As sports clubs struggle to raise funds for vital equipment and improvements to their grounds, the government has just granted €16.8 million to the Irish Greyhound Board for 2019, despite all its tracks losing money – largely due to plummeting attendance and sponsorship. This squandering of public funds must stop – the money needs to be diverted to sports clubs, health groups, animal rescue centres and other worthy causes crying out for support.

ACTION ALERT

Join us in urging the GAA to tell member clubs to reject greyhound racing as a form of fundraising.

Email: queries@gaa.ie
Leave a comment on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/officialgaa
Tweet to @officialgaa

Appeal to Grenagh GAA to show compassion for the animals and choose an alternative fundraising venue.

Grenagh GAA
Email: grenaghgaaclub@gmail.com
Leave a comment on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Grenagh-GAA-Club-143912875680297/
Tweet to @GrenaghGAA

Sign and share our petitions

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks
https://www.change.org/p/gaa-stop-club-fundraisers-at-greyhound-tracks

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

Watch our campaign video
Why you should say NO to greyhound track fundraisers

Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

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 and €16.8 million for 2019). 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, finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: @campaignforLeo
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
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