Celtic Tenors urged not to perform at greyhound track where dogs die

10 Nov

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The Celtic Tenors are being urged not to perform at Curraheen Park greyhound track on 1st December.

An advert for the concert, in aid of MourneAbbey Ladies Football Club, appeared in a Greyhound Racing Ireland booklet.

In an appeal to the trio, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports highlighted the cruelty and killing in greyhound racing

“Many dogs suffer and die at Curraheen Park,” we stated. “182 greyhounds suffered injuries there and 72 died or were killed by a track vet over the past eight years alone. Among the victims was a dog who died of a suspected heart attack. Last year, 29 greyhounds were injured there and 12 killed.”

At races around Ireland in the past nine years, at least 2,881 greyhounds suffered injuries and 983 died or were killed. Many more greyhounds are killed behind the scenes every year because they are not fast enough to win races.

We told the Celtic Tenors about RTE’s award-winning “Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary which revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are culled annually.

Featured in the programme was disturbing, secretly filmed footage of dogs being delivered to a knackery where they were shot in the head and thrown into a skip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTb2qBjlMM

It spotlighted a damning report which Greyhound Racing Ireland attempted to hide. The report estimated that, for example, a total of 17,962 greyhounds were culled in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – they were killed for “failure to produce qualifying times”, “failure to produce desired entry level times” and for an “unacceptable decline in performance”.

More and more people are staying away from greyhound tracks, evident in plummeting attendance figures. We hope the Celtic Tenors will show compassion and reject Curraheen Park track as a concert venue.

A growing number of musicians, actors, directors and writers are calling for an end to greyhound racing in Ireland. Among them are singers Linda Martin, Kieran Goss, Tommy Fleming, Deborah Bonham, Don Mescall and Emma Langford, actors Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan, Charlotte Ross, Rachel Pilkington, Pauline McLynn, Rory Cowan, Gemma Atkinson, Aoibheann McCaul, Jenn McGuirk, Amilia Stewart, Esther Woods, directors Lenny Abrahamson and Andrew Higgs, producer Clare Stronge, author/blogger Holly White, playwright Jaki McCarrick, columnist Andrea Smith, broadcasters Robbie Kane and Barbara Scully, etc https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2315886091860269

ACTION ALERT

Urge the Celtic Tenors to reject Curraheen Park greyhound track as a venue and join calls for a ban on dog-killing greyhound racing.

Send a message to Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson from the contact page of their website at http://celtic-tenors.com/contact.asp

or leave a message on their Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/TheCelticTenors

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