Protests continuing outside greyhound tracks where dogs suffer and die

12 Sep

Thank you and well done to all who are continuing to organise and attend protests outside greyhound tracks where dogs suffer and die. Among the recent “Ban Greyhound Racing” protests were ones outside Shelbourne Park stadium (organised by Alliance for Animal Rights), Enniscorthy track (organised by OPAGE) and Dundalk track (organised by Greyhound Awareness Louth).

At tracks around Ireland in the past six years, at least 1,959 greyhounds suffered injuries and 652 were killed. These do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere.

Among the victims at tracks were greyhounds who collapsed after races and died of heart attacks, a greyhound who was carried away bleeding with a leg bone “popped out” and greyhounds who suffered broken necks and “severed spine”.

These deaths are just the tip of the iceberg – thousands more greyhounds are mercilessly killed annually because they don’t make the grade.

As revealed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included shocking scenes of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and dumped in a skip. One shot dog was seen writhing on the ground in agony as his merciless owner drove away.



Another €16.8 million of scarce public funds was 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 Fianna Fail and Fine Gael (who back the grants every year) to stop the funding.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
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Please sign and share petitions

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

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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