At least 122 greyhounds killed in racing in 2022

8 Feb

2023 greyhound injuries and deaths copy

At least 287 greyhounds suffered injuries and 122 were killed at races in Ireland in 2022, shocking new statistics reveal.

The sickening details emerged following Dail Questions from Paul Murphy TD (People Before Profit-Solidarity) and Neasa Hourigan TD (Green Party).

A response from Greyhound Racing Ireland outlined that out of the 287 greyhounds who were injured, 165 were “treated after their injuries” and 114 were “euthanised due to the severity of their injuries”.

The injuries were listed as: Fractured Hock (119), Fractured Wrist (46), Fractured Leg (40), Hock Injury (20), Muscle Injury/Tear (15), Fractured Toe (9), Leg Injury (8), Toe Injury (4), Fractured shoulder / shoulder injury / shoulder wound (5), Dislocated Toes (3), Spinal Injury (2), Cuts (2), Hip Injury (1), Ruptured Tendon (1), Damaged Tendon (1), Tendon injury (1), Skin Wound (1), Sprained Wrist (1).

It has also emerged that there were an additional 8 racing fatalities “whereby greyhounds died during or immediately after racing occurred”. One of these greyhounds collapsed, one sustained a neck injury, two suffered head injuries, one died with abdominal bleeding and three were listed as “sudden death”.

The 2022 figures bring to 3,050 the number of greyhounds known to have been injured and 1,060 the number killed in racing at Irish tracks since 2014.

The Greyhound Racing Ireland figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual numbers could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who are killed behind the scenes every year because they are not fast enough to win races.

Injuries and deaths also occurred last year at greyhound trials – “in 2022, there were 30 dogs that incurred [hock/leg] injury whilst trialling on Greyhound Racing Ireland licensed racetracks…Of these 30 greyhounds, 12 were subsequently euthanised as a result of their injuries”. Three other greyhounds also died in “trialling fatalities”.

All but one of these greyhounds injured at trials were “treated at vets”, meaning prolonged suffering for the dogs as they were taken from the tracks and transported away before they received treatment.

There is no requirement for vets to be present at trials. Greyhound Racing Ireland has previously stated that “a veterinary surgeon is not on duty for official trials or unofficial trials, but the contact details of nearby veterinary clinics are posted in the weigh room of each of the Greyhound Racing Ireland licensed stadia.”

The death figures represent only the tip of the iceberg. As revealed in the award-winning “RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, thousands of greyhounds are killed behind the scenes every year simply because they are not fast enough. It included disturbing 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.

A damning report which Greyhound Racing Ireland attempted to hide, revealed that around 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they don’t make the grade. 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”.

How many more dogs have to suffer and die before the Irish Government stops funding greyhound racing? A RED C opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports confirms that a two-thirds majority want the funding stopped (with just 16% in favour of it continuing), while petitions urging the government to end the funding have more than 400,000 signatures.


Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

Join us in demanding an end to the government’s massive grants to greyhound racing – more than a quarter of a billion euros handed over since 2001, including €19.2 million for 2021, €17.6 million for 2022 and €18.2 million for 2023. Contact the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Finance Minister now.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD
Telephone: +353 (0)1-704 3630 OR +353 (0)1-640 3133
Tweet to:

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

Michael McGrath TD
Minister for Finance

Please contact your local TDs and urge them to oppose this funding. Visit the Oireachtas website for contact details for TDs

Urge the leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, the Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour to stop the funding and back a ban on cruel greyhound racing

Micheál Martin TD
Leader, Fianna Fail
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000

Leo Varadkar TD
Leader, Fine Gael
Telephone: 01-619 4020
Tweet to:

Eamon Ryan TD
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894

Mary Lou McDonald TD
Leader, Sinn Fein
Tel: (01) 727 7102

Ivana Bacik TD
Leader, The Labour Party
Tel: (01) 6183136

“Stop state funding to cruel greyhound racing” – Email all Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein and Labour Party TDs.

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Please sign and share the petitions

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

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound “industry”

GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks

Tell Gain Pet Nutrition to Stop Sponsoring Greyhound Racing

Watch RTE’s award-winning “Greyhounds Running For Their Lives” documentary


2022: 287 injuries. 122 deaths
2021: 351 injuries. 154 deaths
2020: 255 injuries. 90 deaths
2019: 332 injuries. 119 deaths
2018: 353 injuries. 121 deaths
2017: 357 injuries. 124 deaths
2016: 427 injuries. 139 deaths
2015: 422 injuries. 122 deaths
2014: 266 injuries. 69 deaths (July to Dec 2014)

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