Longford greyhound track permanently shuts down

25 Mar

Longford greyhound track closes copy

Longford greyhound track has permanently shut down this week. The last race to be held at the track (“The Final Farewell at Longford”) took place on Monday evening (23 March 2020).

Confirmation that the track was closing down came at the weekend, with a notice posted on Facebook stating: “Sadly on Monday March 23rd Longford Greyhound Stadium will hold it’s [sic] last race meeting. Unfortunately in accordance with IGB guidelines, no public admissions will be allowed.”

However, contrary to government and HSE guidelines, individuals present at the track on Monday could be seen recklessly ignoring COVID-19 social distancing advice. Greyhound owners/trainers were seen rushing in together to retrieve dogs after races https://www.flickr.com/photos/icabs/49696627778/in/dateposted-public/ and despite the fact that the stands were virtually empty, some of the few spectators congregated close together https://www.flickr.com/photos/icabs/49697469402/in/dateposted-public/

A 2019 economic review of greyhound racing, commissioned by the Irish Greyhound Board, recommended the closure of four tracks, including Longford stadium. The track, privately owned by a Scottish businessman, had been receiving annual cash injections of over €40,000 from the taxpayer-funded IGB.

Many dogs have suffered and died at Longford stadium. Sickening Irish Greyhound Board statistics confirm that over the past five years alone, at least 61 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 24 were killed by a track vet. In the same period, at tracks around Ireland, at least 1,813 greyhounds suffered injuries and 592 were killed.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is calling on the government to stop all funding for greyhound racing which to-date has received more than a quarter of a billion euros, including €16.8 million for 2020.

ACTION ALERT

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 and redirect the money to the many worthy causes crying out for funding.

Leo Varadkar
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: http://www.twitter.com/@LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leave a comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

Please sign and share petitions

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

Ban Blood Sports in Ireland Now
https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-blood-sports-in-ireland

Ireland – Ban cruel hare coursing
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

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

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing
https://www.change.org/p/jimtracy-glanbia-ie-tell-gain-pet-nutrition-to-stop-sponsoring-greyhound-racing

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