Government urged to stop greyhound racing as COVID19 advice being ignored at tracks

20 Mar

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The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on the government to immediately stop greyhound racing. The call is in response to shocking video footage posted on the Irish Greyhound Board [IGB] website showing track staff and greyhound owners ignoring government advice to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The IGB announced that a “racing behind closed doors policy” has been put into effect and that there will be “no public admissions other than ‘one person, one dog’ admissions”. However, disturbing video filmed over the past few days at tracks around the country shows stadium staff standing next to each other and individuals in near-empty stands shoulder-to-shoulder as dogs run by.

The IGB appears to be trying to hide footage of the moment greyhound trainers simultaneously rush in to retrieve dogs after races have ended. In most cases, the video unusually pans away swiftly before this can be seen. But for a small selection of races, up to six greyhound owners or trainers can be seen crowding in together to grab the dogs.

In a statement on Monday, the IGB claimed that “social distancing [would] be fully observed at all times”, adding that “this is a critical measure to be observed by all”. From the evidence on its own website, this is clearly not being observed.

The IGB claims that “our approach at this time is to continue to support the greyhound community whilst managing risks in accordance with the latest guidance from Government/HSE”.

Official Government/HSE guidance clearly states: “Avoid close contact with people – keep a distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and others”

In an letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, ICABS stated: “This cannot be allowed to continue. In the interests of public safety and doing everything possible to slow the spread of COVID 19, it is imperative for you to shut down greyhound racing today.”

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Join us in urging the government to immediately close greyhound tracks around Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-619 4020
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Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds has been approved for greyhound racing for 2020. Since 2001, greyhound racing has received more than a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Please contact your local TDs and demand that they vote against this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding and redirect the money to the many worthy causes crying out for funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
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Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Phone: 021-432 0088
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Please sign and share petitions

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing

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