Greyhounds knocked over at Shelbourne Park: Video withheld from IGB website

23 Mar

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The Irish Greyhound Board is continuing to hide video footage of greyhounds suffering bad falls at tracks around the country.

The latest attempt by the IGB to keep footage from the public relates to a race at Shelbourne Park stadium on Saturday, 21 March.

During Race 6, greyhounds Highview Audi and Nitro Jen were knocked over at the first bend. Video footage capturing the moment the two dogs were knocked over has been withheld.

In November, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed was questioned about the withholding of race footage by the Irish Greyhound Board.

Then TD, Maureen O’Sullivan, asked Minister Creed “if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Irish Greyhound Board is attempting to hide incidents involving dogs falling and suffering injuries by withholding race footage from its website [and] if he will direct it to publish the footage”.

Responding, Minister Creed stated: “Bord na gCon [Irish Greyhound Board] have informed the Department that, although it broadcasts all races at Bord na gCon licensed stadia, there is no regulatory or legislative requirement on Bord na gCon to make all racing footage available on its website.” https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-11-26a.945

Previously, the IGB attempted to hide a damning report which revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year in Ireland because they are not fast enough to win races. The report’s contents were featured on the “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives” documentary, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

The IGB also tried to hide the fact that a greyhound (Ballymac Syd) collapsed from a heart attack and died at Shelbourne Park in August. The death was revealed by the Greyhound Star website which reported: “The poor dog was having a heart attack. We managed to get him to the van and I started compressions but the tongue had already gone blue. He died shortly afterwards.” There was no mention on the IGB website of the heart attack or the dog dying. Incredibly, in a notice posted on the IGB website three days after Ballymac Syd died, the dog was listed among three dogs “withdrawn from the second round of the Boylesports Derby”. “In Heat 3, Ballymac Syd will be a non-runner from trap four,” the IGB website stated.

Among the footage unavailable on the IGB website:

Race 6 – Shelbourne Park, 21 March 2020 – Greyhounds Highview Audi and Nitro Jen were knocked over at the first bend

Race 6 – Curraheen Park, 21 February 2020 – Greyhound Delighted stumbled and “did not finish”

Race 7 – Tralee stadium, 16 February 2020 – Greyhound Manhattan Field fell at the third bend and “did not finish”

Race 2 at Enniscorthy track, 16 January 2020 – Greyhound Rathbally Rory “did not finish” the race

Race 5 at Enniscorthy track, 16 January 2020 – Jovial Bob and Harriestown Star Were knocked over at the first bend

Race 8 at Shelbourne Park, 21 December 2019 – Greyhound Knocknarea Run was impeded and “did not finish” the race

Race 9 at Shelbourne Park, 21 December 2019 – Greyhounds Spots Trend, Knight Rocker and Boyhero were knocked over at the first bend

Race 5 at Shelbourne Park, 7 December 2019 – Greyhound Mags Angel “did not finish” the race.

Race 12 at Shelbourne Park, 7 December 2019 – greyhound Catunda Logan was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race.

Race 6 at Limerick stadium, 5 December – greyhound Gurtnacrehy Leah did not finish the race.

Race 9 at Limerick stadium, 5 December – greyhound Clounanna Gilt was knocked over at the first bend and did not finish the race.

Race 4 at Limerick stadium, 5 December – greyhound Rockalong Xpress was knocked over at the first bend and did not finish the race.

Race 4 at Mullingar stadium, 1 December 2019 – greyhound Lingrawn Pearl “did not finish” the race.

Race 6 at Shelbourne Park on 15 November 2019 – greyhound Oakview Brae reportedly broke a hock. She has not been raced since.

Race 8 at Shelbourne Park, 12 November 2019 – Greyhound Nebula was knocked over and did not finish the race. She has not been raced since.

Race 12 at Shelbourne Park on 16 November 2019 – greyhound Droopys Oomph was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race. He has not been raced since.

Race 2 at Newbridge stadium on 11 October 2019 – greyhound Blacksmith Cardi knocked over and did not finish the race. She has not been raced since.

Race 7 at Shelbourne Park on 31 August 2019 – Three greyhounds were knocked over at the first bend during a Boylesports-sponsored race – one of them, LAUGHIL JOSH, “did not finish”.

Race 4 at Enniscorthy track, 30 September 2019 – Greyhound Likeable Quiff was knocked over and “did not finish” the race. The 2-year-old greyhound has not been raced since. A week after the fall, she was run in a trial at Shelbourne Park and again, she “did not finish”

Race 1 at Enniscorthy track, 21 December 2018 – Gortin Shift was knocked over at the first bend and “did not finish” the race. He has not been raced since.

ACTION ALERT

Say NO to the cruel greyhound industry – don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING

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 https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/33

Urge the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding.

Leo Varadkar
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One Response to “Greyhounds knocked over at Shelbourne Park: Video withheld from IGB website”

  1. Cristina Economides March 23, 2020 at 8:03 pm #

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