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Protest Placards – Please print and display

12 Jul

Please support “Ban Greyhound Racing” and “Ban Hare Coursing” protests.

See below for a selection of downloadable graphics to print and display. The graphics are suitable for printing at home or emailing to your local printing shop for creating placards.

 

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You can also download multiple graphics from
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“RTE Investigates” exposes Irish greyhound industry’s hidden horrors

11 Jul


RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running for Their Lives – A shocking insight into the horrors of Ireland’s nasty greyhound industry.

The programme “goes behind the public facade of greyhound racing to reveal SERIOUS ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUES in an industry that costs Irish taxpayers millions of euros every year”.

Jon Williams, the Managing Director of RTE News has described the programme – which contains “some scenes viewers may find distressing” – as a “shocking, disturbing investigation”.

After watching, please join calls for a ban on greyhound racing and hare coursing and an immediate end to the Irish Government’s massive greyhound industry grants.

URGENT 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

Since 2001, the Irish Government has paid out around a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money to greyhound racing, including €16.8 million for 2019. Following the shocking RTE Investigates revelations about cruelty and killing, it is time for these grants to be finally ended. Not a single cent more of public funds should end up in this shameful industry. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

Sign our petition and contact all TDs now
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Email “I support an end to all state funding to the cruel greyhound industry and a ban on hare coursing” to all Fine Gael TDs

maria.bailey@oireachtas.ie; sean.barrett@oireachtas.ie; pat.breen@oireachtas.ie; colm.brophy@oireachtas.ie; richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie; peter.burke@oireachtas.ie; catherine.byrne@oireachtas.ie; Ciaran.Cannon@oireachtas.ie; joe.carey@oireachtas.ie; corcorankennedy@eircom.net; Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie; michael.creed@oireachtas.ie; michael.darcy@oireachtas.ie; Jim.Daly@oireachtas.ie; john.deasy@oireachtas.ie; Pat.Deering@oireachtas.ie; Regina.Doherty@oireachtas.ie; Paschal.Donohoe@oireachtas.ie; andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie; bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie; damien.english@oireachtas.ie; Alan.Farrell@oireachtas.ie; frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie; peterm.fitzpatrick@oireachtas.ie; charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie; Brendan.Griffin@oireachtas.ie; Simon.Harris@oireachtas.ie; Martin.Heydon@oireachtas.ie; Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie; paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie; enda.kenny@oireachtas.ie; Sean.Kyne@oireachtas.ie; josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie; helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie; joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie; Tony.McLoughlin@oireachtas.ie; Mary.MitchellOConnor@oireachtas.ie; Dara.Murphy@oireachtas.ie; Eoghan.Murphy@oireachtas.ie; hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie; tom.neville@limerick.ie; michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie; kate.oconnell@oireachtas.ie; Patrick.O’Donovan@oireachtas.ie; fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie; JohnPaul.Phelan@oireachtas.ie; michael.ring@oireachtas.ie; noel@noelrock.ie; david.stanton@oir.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie

Email “I support an end to all state funding to the cruel greyhound industry and a ban on hare coursing” to all Fianna Fáil TDs

billykelleher@eircom.net; sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie; Bobby.Aylward@oireachtas.ie; brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie; johncurranff@gmail.com; Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie; michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie; john.brassil@oireachtas.ie; darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie; eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie; jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie; john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie; mattie.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie; micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie; niall.collins@oireachtas.ie; coper@eircom.net; Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie; thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie; timmy.dooley@oireachtas.ie; barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie; fiona@fiona.ie; declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie; mary.butler@oireachtas.ie; kevin.okeeffe@oireachtas.ie; dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie; escanlonmcc@eircom.net; sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie; niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie; james@jameslawless.ie; shane.cassells@oireachtas.ie; willie.odea@oireachtas.ie; margaret.murphyomahony@oireachtas.ie; anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie; eugene.murphy@oireachtas.ie; jack.chambers@outlook.com; james.browne@oireachtas.ie; john.lahart@oireachtas.ie; lisa.chambers@oireachtas.ie; marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie; jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie; pat.casey@oireachtas.ie; aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie; frankorourke1@gmail.com

Visit the Oireachtas website for more telephone numbers and other contact details for TDs
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/32

Please sign and share our 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

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

Contact the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, and urge her not to issue a licence for another season of cruel hare coursing.

Email “Stop the cruelty. Stop licensing cruel coursing” to
josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan

Sign the petition: IRELAND BAN CRUEL HARE COURSING
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

TELL SPONSORS TO STOP THEIR SPONSORSHIP.
Boycott businesses which continue to support cruel greyhound racing and/or coursing

Please get in contact with Glanbia and ask it to permanently end all sponsorship/support of greyhound racing and hare coursing.

Jim Bergin
CEO, Glanbia
Glanbia House,
Kilkenny, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)56-777 2200
Email: corporatecomms@glanbia.com, info@gainanimalnutrition.com
Tweet to: @GlanbiaPlc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GAINpetnutrition/

Urge Boylesports and Ladbrokes to immediately end their sponsorship

BoyleSports
Tel: 1800 22 00 66
Email: care@boylesports.com
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boylesports/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoyleSports

Ladbrokes
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ladbrokes/
Twitter @Ladbrokes ?@LadbrokesCare

Appeal to the Kerry Group (the company behind Pure sunflower/soya spread, Dairygold, LowLow, etc) to stop sponsoring greyhound racing.

Kerry Group
Phone: +353 (0)66 718 2000
Prince’s Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Email VIA: https://www.kerrygroup.com/help/contact-form/

Sign and share our petitions

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
https://www.change.org/p/stop-supporting-the-cruel-greyhound-industry

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

Last September, ICABS identified 30 Supervalu supermarkets around Ireland which had sponsored greyhound racing over the past decade – https://www.facebook.com/banbloodsports/posts/1857546281027588 We contacted Supervalu Head Office with information about all the dog injuries and deaths in greyhound racing and urged the company to act. We received no response. It’s time for Supervalu to take action to stop its local stores from supporting greyhound racing again. See sickening footage from Enniscorthy track of a greyhound suffering a bad fall at the end of a race sponsored by a Supervalu supermarket – https://www.igb.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=ECY_2018_08_23_02 (forward to 30 seconds)

SuperValu Head Office
Musgrave Limited,
Ballycurreen, Airport Road, Cork
Tel +353 (0) 21 4522100
Email: supervalu@musgravegroup.com; group@musgrave.ie
Comment on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SuperValuIreland/
Tweet to @SuperValuIRL

ALSO CONTACT THESE COMPANIES WHICH SUPPORT GREYHOUND RACING IN 2019
(Source: Irish Greyhound Board)
https://www.igb.ie/talking-dogs/igb-finalises-classic–feature-events-calendar-for-2019/

Marshes Shopping Centre Dundalk
http://www.facebook.com/MarshesShoppingCentre/
Tweet to: @MarshesShopping
Telephone: (042) 939 5250

Flaherty Markets Galway
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Flaherty-Markets-230607914545890/
Email: info@flahertymarkets.com
Telephone: (091)756000

Dublin Coach
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DublinCoach/
Tweet to: @DublinCoach1
Email: info@dublincoach.ie
Telephone: (01) 465 9972

QuickPark.ie (car park at Dublin Airport)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/quickparkDublinAirport/
Email: info@quickpark.ie
Telephone: (01) 8621977

Kasko dog food
Email: information@kasko.ie
Telephone: (062) 61240

Thurles Fresh Milk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thurlesfreshmilk1/
Telephone: 0504 22657 / HQ: 0504 91900

Speedrite dog food
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NuttsAboutPets/
Email: sales@nuttsaboutpets.ie
Telephone: (057) 915 3572

Casey’s Caravan and Camping
Telephone: (058) 41919

Lee Strand
http://www.facebook.com/leestrandmilk/
Tweet to: @LeeStrandMilk
Email: info@leestrand.ie
Telephone: (066) 712 1084

Kerry Group
Telephone: (066) 718 2000

Best Car Parks
Tweet to: @bestcarparks
Email: info@bestcarparks.ie
Telephone: (01) 878 2074

Comerford Cakes (Comerford Brothers Ltd.)
Telephone: (045) 431 203

MORE CONTACT DETAILS FOR SPONSORS
(Thanks to Greyhound Awareness Cork)
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RcaLYDWxuVAjLnF1N4q-twxK5jfixk7NZ_BTA_AvIow/edit?fbclid=IwAR3R9Yg_U_EVNBjFPHmUc9crRblncNDfflrUD21ZIXSo4TvzaQdyGtSa4MI#gid=0

URGE THE ROSE OF TRALEE TO DISASSOCIATE FROM GREYHOUND RACING

Contact the Rose of Tralee festival committee and urge them to show compassion and permanently disassociate from cruel greyhound racing – no more acceptance of sponsorship from a greyhound track and no Rose events at tracks.

Tel: +353 (0)66 712 1322
Email: info@roseoftralee.ie
Comment on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/roseoftraleefestival
Tweet to @RoseofTralee_

Watch the full “RTE Investigates Greyhounds Running for Their Lives” programme on the RTE Player
https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/rt%C3%A9-investigates-greyhounds-running-for-their-lives/104051751967
or on Youtube

Abuse of Greyhounds: Joint Committee on Agriculture

9 Jul

The Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will today focus on “Recent media reports on abuse of greyhounds”, with questions to representatives from the Irish Greyhound Board and Irish Coursing Club. Watch Live between 3.30pm and 4pm today 9th July 2019 and please respond to our “Ban Hare Coursing and Greyhound Racing” action alerts.

You can also watch live on the Oireachtas website
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/oireachtas-tv/cr1-live/?fbclid=IwAR3tMsRW4rvwcC4tDC_0Q-1NCnnXiQS0ax-h8rdGqq9nzdi5w5ZV5AuAbc0

The “RTE Investigates Greyhounds Running for Their Lives” programme highlighted the appalling abuse and killing of greyhounds – for example, 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they are too slow to win races. Others are injured, doped, dumped, mutilated and exported to hellholes in Pakistan and China – a country where greyhounds are hacked to death, boiled alive and hung on hooks at meat markets.

Watch on the RTE Player
https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/rt%C3%A9-investigates-greyhounds-running-for-their-lives/104051751967
or on Youtube


URGENT ACTION ALERT

Join us in demanding an immediate and permanent end to the government’s massive grants to the greyhound industry (quarter of a billion euros since 2001, including €16.8 million for 2019). Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and all your local politicians now.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie; finegael@finegael.ie
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar
Leave a comment on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LeoVaradkar

Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie; minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
Tweet to @Paschald

Sign our petition and contact all TDs now
https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Email “I support an end to all state funding to the cruel greyhound industry and a ban on hare coursing” to all Fine Gael TDs

maria.bailey@oireachtas.ie; sean.barrett@oireachtas.ie; pat.breen@oireachtas.ie; colm.brophy@oireachtas.ie; richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie; peter.burke@oireachtas.ie; catherine.byrne@oireachtas.ie; Ciaran.Cannon@oireachtas.ie; joe.carey@oireachtas.ie; corcorankennedy@eircom.net; Simon.Coveney@oireachtas.ie; michael.creed@oireachtas.ie; michael.darcy@oireachtas.ie; Jim.Daly@oireachtas.ie; john.deasy@oireachtas.ie; Pat.Deering@oireachtas.ie; Regina.Doherty@oireachtas.ie; Paschal.Donohoe@oireachtas.ie; andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie; bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie; damien.english@oireachtas.ie; Alan.Farrell@oireachtas.ie; frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie; peterm.fitzpatrick@oireachtas.ie; charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie; Brendan.Griffin@oireachtas.ie; Simon.Harris@oireachtas.ie; Martin.Heydon@oireachtas.ie; Heather.Humphreys@oireachtas.ie; paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie; enda.kenny@oireachtas.ie; Sean.Kyne@oireachtas.ie; josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie; helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie; joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie; Tony.McLoughlin@oireachtas.ie; Mary.MitchellOConnor@oireachtas.ie; Dara.Murphy@oireachtas.ie; Eoghan.Murphy@oireachtas.ie; hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie; tom.neville@limerick.ie; michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie; kate.oconnell@oireachtas.ie; Patrick.O’Donovan@oireachtas.ie; fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie; JohnPaul.Phelan@oireachtas.ie; michael.ring@oireachtas.ie; noel@noelrock.ie; david.stanton@oir.ie; leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie

Email “I support an end to all state funding to the cruel greyhound industry and a ban on hare coursing” to all Fianna Fáil TDs

billykelleher@eircom.net;sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie;Bobby.Aylward@oireachtas.ie;brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie;johncurranff@gmail.com;Charlie.McConalogue@oireachtas.ie;michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie;sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie;john.brassil@oireachtas.ie;darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie;eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie;jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie;john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie;mattie.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie;micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie;michael.moynihan.td@oireachtas.ie;niall.collins@oireachtas.ie;coper@eircom.net;Robert.Troy@oireachtas.ie;thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie;timmy.dooley@oireachtas.ie;barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie;fiona@fiona.ie;declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie;mary.butler@oireachtas.ie;kevin.okeeffe@oireachtas.ie;dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie;escanlonmcc@eircom.net;sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie;niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie;james@jameslawless.ie;shane.cassells@oireachtas.ie;willie.odea@oireachtas.ie;margaret.murphyomahony@oireachtas.ie;anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie;eugene.murphy@oireachtas.ie;jack.chambers@outlook.com;james.browne@oireachtas.ie;john.lahart@oireachtas.ie;lisa.chambers@oireachtas.ie;marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie;jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie;pat.casey@oireachtas.ie;aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie;frankorourke1@gmail.com

Visit the Oireachtas website for more telephone numbers and other contact details for TDs
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/32

Contact the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, and urge her not to issue a licence for another season of cruel hare coursing.

Email “Stop the cruelty. Stop licensing cruel coursing” to
josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie or
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://facebook.com/JosephaMadiganFG
Tweet to: @josephamadigan

Sign the petition: IRELAND BAN CRUEL HARE COURSING
http://www.change.org/p/ireland-ban-cruel-hare-coursing

Supervalu urged to stop sponsorship of cruel greyhound industry

9 Jul

supervalu 2019

Supervalu is being urged to take action after the sponsorship of greyhound racing by 30 of its local supermarkets.
 
Last September, ICABS identified the 30 Supervalu supermarkets around Ireland which had supported greyhound racing over the past decade. We contacted Supervalu Head Office with information about all the dog injuries and deaths in greyhound racing and urged the company to act. We received no response.
 
The sponsorship has continued into 2019, with the €695 “Supervalu Tower 525” race at Cork’s Curraheen Park track in March.
 
Following the shocking RTE Investigates documentary which revealed that 6,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they’re too slow to win, it’s time for Supervalu to finally stop its local stores from supporting greyhound racing again.
 
ACTION ALERT
 
Contact Supervalu today and urge the company to stop all greyhound racing sponsorship by its local supermarkets.
 
SuperValu Head Office
Musgrave Limited,
Ballycurreen, Airport Road, Cork
Tel +353 (0) 21 4522100
Email: supervalu@musgravegroup.com; group@musgrave.ie
Tweet to @SuperValuIRL
 
Watch the full “RTE Investigates Greyhounds Running for Their Lives” programme on the RTE Player
or on Youtube
 
See sickening footage from Enniscorthy track of a greyhound suffering a bad fall at the end of a race sponsored by a Supervalu supermarket – https://www.igb.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=ECY_2018_08_23_02 (forward to 30 seconds)
 
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Our original post from September 2018
 
Supervalu urged to stop sponsorship of cruel greyhound industry
 
Is Supervalu happy for its brand name to be associated with a cruel industry in which dogs are injured, drugged, dumped and killed? That’s the question the supermarket chain is being asked this week as details emerge about 30 of its stores supporting greyhound racing.
 
Quishes Supervalu in Ballincollig is the latest of the chain’s supermarkets to sponsor racing, with the “Quishes SuperValu 525” €690 race taking place recently at Curraheen Park stadium https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=CRK&date=07-Sep-18#race9
 
As highlighted by ICABS in August, a greyhound fell badly in a race sponsored by another Supervalu store. Two-year-old Longslip Charlie was knocked over at the final bend and could be seen falling to the ground and tumbling during the “Pettitt’s SuperValu Great Sprint Stakes” race. See sickening footage at https://www.igb.ie/videos/videos/?raceid=ECY_2018_08_23_02 (forward to 30 seconds)
 
The Supervalu store also sponsored the “Pettitt’s SupertValu Five-Two-Five Stakes” race on the night. The total prize money on offer was more than €800. A Supervalu advertisement sign was on display at the side of the track close to where Longslip Charlie fell. The races were part of a SuperValu Pettitts “annual Gala Race Night at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track” which the store promoted as “fun for the whole family with live music, party food, goodie bags, face painting, free draws and much more”. https://www.facebook.com/pettittssupervalu/photos/a.194586477228313/1971369662883310/?type=3&theater
 
Last week, Hurley’s Supervalu Midleton sponsored a race at Youghal greyhound track
https://www.igb.ie/results/view-results/?track=YGL&date=14-Sep-2018 Its name was previously attached to a race at the same track in September 2016.
 
Other Supervalu stores supported greyhound racing over the summer. For example:
 
– The Wallace’s Supervalu Five-Seven-Stakes race at Enniscorthy track on 16 August 2018
 
– Garveys Supervalu Stakes Final (with over €1,500 in prize money) on 13 July 2018 at Tralee track
 
– The Bernard Keane’s SuperValu, Lanesboro A3 525 race on 6 July 18 at Longford track
 
Last year, and in previous years, the Supervalu name was attached to numerous races at tracks around Ireland. Scroll down for full list.
 
It is incredible that any business would wish to be associated with the greyhound industry following revelations about the injuries suffered by greyhounds at tracks, the doping of greyhounds and the killing of greyhounds. Shocking statistics show the extent of cruelty and killing in the Irish greyhound industry – over the past three and a half years alone, 1,369 greyhounds were reported injured at tracks and 438 were killed. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere. Thousands more greyhounds go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races. Meanwhile, 2,729 unwanted greyhounds were killed in Irish dog pounds in the past eight years. Sponsorship is helping to keep this dog killing industry afloat.
 
Please sign and share our petitions
 
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry
 
Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry
 
SUPERVALU STORES AND GREYHOUND RACING (2007-2017)
 
On 7th April 2017, McConville’s SuperValu Mountmellick was named in all 11 races at Newbridge track, with prizemoney of over €3,000. During one of the races, two dogs collided, whom of whom “did not finish” the race and in another, there was “carnage” with one greyhound knocked over and sent tumbling.
 
O Keefes Supervalu
Curraheen Park, 04 November 2017
 
Keanes Supervalu 525 (Grade: A3) Flat 525
Tralee track, 27 October 2017
 
Greig Tuite Supervalu A3 600 (Grade: A3) Flat 600
Limerick track, 30 September 2017
 
Reilly’s Of Sallins Supervalu 525
Newbridge track, 22 September 2017
 
Hurley’s Super Valu A5 525
Youghal track, 22 Sepember 2017
 
Nestors Super Valu A5 (Grade : A5) Flat 525
Galway stadium, 9th September 2016
 
Super Valu Portlaoise 525
Newbridge track, 18 August 2017
 
Super Valu Enfield A1 525
Shelbourne Park, 08 July 2017
 
Garveys Super-Valu Hospital Stakes Final (with over €1,000 in prize money)
Tralee track, 07 July 2017
 
The Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk A4 Stake
Curraheen Park, 12 August 2016
 
The Super Valu Portlaoise A3 525
Newbridge track, 12 August 2016
 
The O’Reillys Supervalu Buster Race A3 525 (Grade: A3) Flat 525
Enniscorthy track, 30 June 2016
 
SuperValu Open 525
Shelbourne Park, 4 June 2016
 
Hannon’s Supervalu Enfield 525
Mullingar track, 30 April 2016
 
The Supervalu Knocklyon 525
Harolds Cross, 08 April 2016
 
The Rushe’s Supervalu Naas 525
Newbridge track, 11 December 2015
 
Ryans of Grange SuperValu 525
Curraheen Park, 01 November 2014
 
The Hurleys Supervalu Midleton 525
Curraheen Park, 25 October 2014
 
Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk A4 550 Stakes
Curraheen Park, 22 August 2014
 
Supervalu A4 525
Longford track, 15 August 2014
 
Twohigs Supervalu Kanturk A4 550 Stakes. Semi-Final
Curraheen Park, 15 August 2014
 
The Buckleys SuperValu S7 400
Mullingar track, 15 March 2014
 
The Davis Supervalu A5 525 (Grade : A5) Flat 525
Longford track, 24 May 2013
 
Marcus McLoughlin Super Valu Portarlington A2 525
Newbridge track, 15 June 2012
 
The Supervalu 330
Curraheen Park, 2 December 2011
 
Dooleys Supervalu, Newcastle West A4 525
Limerick track, 04 December 2010
 
McInerney’s Supervalu (Loughrea) Open/A1 525
Galway track, 08 September 2007
 
Supervalu – Ballymoney (Grade : A7) Flat 525
Lifford track, 17 August 2007
During this race, a 2-year-old greyhound “did not finish” and never raced again

Hilary Forde: greyhound racing’s missing anti-doping boss

8 Jul
Hilary Forde: greyhound racing’s missing anti-doping boss
The Sunday Times | July 7 2019
by John Mooney
 
The official in charge of anti-doping operations at the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) is on extended leave, The Sunday Times has learnt.
 
As the industry faces unprecedented criticism over abuse of greyhounds, the IGB’s director of racing governance and compliance, Hilary Forde, has not been at her desk for some time.
 
Forde, a qualified solicitor, was appointed to the IGB position in 2014 and introduced new testing methods designed to catch trainers who use banned substances and illegal drugs, such as cocaine, to give greyhounds a competitive edge when racing.
 
It is thought she had concerns about the level of penalties imposed on greyhound trainers found guilty of cheating.
 
An independent IGB control committee is responsible for imposing penalties. It has previously been criticised by animal welfare groups and some greyhound owners for imposing petty fines.
 
Tony Walsh, the spokesman for the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders and Trainers Federation, described Forde as someone who was fully committed to reforming the industry.
 
“We believe she did everything possible to improve greyhound racing and had full confidence in her,” he said. “Our organisation would urge the Department of Agriculture to look into her absence as a matter of urgency.”
 
Forde was responsible for several prosecutions against prominent greyhound trainers who gave banned substances to dogs. Many were caught when she changed the IGB’s test regime and began to send samples taken from winning dogs to laboratories in Britain, where they were given more thorough analysis.
 
The IGB yesterday refused to discuss the issue but said its anti-doping programme is being led by a welfare and regulation team. Forde also declined to comment.
 

Imagine Ireland urged to scrap greyhound track vouchers

16 Jun

 

imagine ireland

A UK-based holiday company, which organises self catering accommodation in Ireland, is being urged to stop providing discount vouchers to greyhound tracks where dogs suffer and die.

Imagine Ireland, with headquarters in North Yorkshire, is emailing the vouchers to its customers and encouraging them to “add greyhound racing to your itinerary in Ireland”.

The voucher, describes greyhound racing as “a unique social and cultural evening entertainment event” and a “perfect mix of night-time entertainment, Irish culture and good food”. https://www.imagineireland.com/content/downloads/vouchers/ii-gogreyhoundracing-voucher.pdf

In an appeal to Imagine Ireland this week, ICABS pointed out the suffering and deaths of dogs in greyhound racing.

We told them that in the past four years alone at tracks around Ireland, 1,559 greyhounds suffered injuries and 506 were killed. These sickening Irish Greyhound Board figures are based on “reported” injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. They do not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year – presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

We also brought to Imagine Ireland’s attention a former chairman of the Irish greyhound board who stated on Cork’s 96 FM that he believes it is “absolutely” okay for thousands of dogs to be killed and that racing couldn’t exist without the destruction of dogs.

We are calling on Imagine Ireland to join the growing list of companies which have rejected greyhound racing – including Tesco Ireland, Electric Ireland, Aldi, Hyde Irish Whiskey and Toyota Ireland (see full list below).

ACTION ALERT

Urge Imagine Ireland to show compassion for the dogs and stop offering greyhound track discount vouchers.

Imagine Ireland
Telephone (UK): 01756 707 720
Or +44 1756 707 720 from outside UK
Telephone (Ireland): 065 6891105
Email: info@imagineireland.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fbImagineIreland
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImagineCottages

Companies in Ireland that have rejected greyhound racing

– In June 2018, Boston Scientific moved to disassociate from greyhound racing after its brand name was attached to greyhound races at Clonmel greyhound track. In a statement, it said: “Boston Scientific does not officially sanction or sponsor any dog racing activities. The events that you mentioned were unofficial activities, and we have advised our employees about appropriate use of the Boston Scientific name in the future”

– In April 2018, Hyde Irish Whiskey said it will “never again sponsor a dog race” after it was told about the cruelty of the greyhound industry.

– In March 2018, Electric Ireland scrapped a “50% off admission for a night at the dogs” discount offer after an appeal from ICABS and contact from concerned customers. An Electric Ireland representative stated: “We no longer offer Rewards for the Irish Greyhound Board.”

– In December, Aldi Ireland confirmed that its Arklow store did not sponsor a greyhound race in Enniscorthy, despite the Irish Greyhound Board website suggesting that it did. According to the IGB, race 3 at Enniscorthy greyhound track on 15 December was “The Aldi Arklow A6 525”

– In October 2017, UK-based discounts website, Voucher Cloud, responded positively to an ICABS appeal and scrapped an Irish Greyhound Board 2-for-1 offer for greyhound racing.

– In September 2017, the Maldron Hotel in Limerick removed greyhound racing leaflets from a display in the hotel. Responding to an ICABS appeal, in which we highlighted cruelty and killing in the greyhound industry, the Maldron Hotel chain replied to say: “We have removed these leaflets from our Maldron Limerick hotel foyer.”

– In May 2017, Toyota Ireland ordered the Irish Greyhound Board to remove its brand name from the title of a race held at Clonmel greyhound track. The car company told the IGB that the Toyota brand was used without its knowledge or consent. The Tipperary track and the Irish Greyhound Board had listed the race as “The Toyota A3 Stake for Bitches”, despite the fact that Toyota did not sponsor the race or have anything to do it.

– In November 2016, Toyota Ireland announced that the sponsorship of greyhound racing by one of its authorised dealers in Cork had ended. “We have never sponsored greyhound racing and have no intention of doing so in the future,” Toyota Ireland stated in an email to ICABS. “The sponsorship of the event in Cork was done by a local dealer who has assured us that his sponsorship of the event has ended and he will not be involved in the sponsorship of any greyhound racing again in future.”

– In November 2016, Tesco Ireland confirmed that it had removed greyhound racing from its Clubcard deals. A Tesco spokesperson tweeted: “I can confirm we have cancelled this offer…we have decided to cease this offer going forward.”

2019 Local Election Candidates and Animal Cruelty Issues – Leitrim

29 Apr

elections 2019

The views of 2019 Local Election Candidates (Leitrim) in relation to animal cruelty issues. Please support compassionate candidates and reject those who defend animal cruelty.

Cllr Finola Armstrong McGuire (Fine Gael, Leitrim County Council, Carrick-On-Shannon)
“I favour ban [on] all cruelty, man and beast.” from a text message to ICABS, November 2014.

Cllr Gerard Dolan (Independent, Leitrim County Council, Ballinamore)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Gerard Dolan voted in favour of a motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that Leitrim County Council “…shares the concerns [RISE] is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley T.D. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting and other outdoor activities…”

Cllr Caillian Ellis (Fianna Fail, Leitrim County Council, Ballinamore)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Caillian Ellis tabled the following motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign: “I propose that Leitrim County Council support the “Rise Campaign” (Rural Ireland says enough) concerning the legislation being brought in to ban all field sports which would have a devastating effect on people’s livelihood.” According to the minutes of the meeting, Cllr Ellis “outlined that wildlife has to be culled to survive”.

Cllr Des Guckian (Independent, Leitrim County Council, Carrick-On-Shannon)
“Yes, I favour a ban on both hare coursing and foxhunting” in an email to ICABS, October 2014.

Cllr Sean McDermott (Fine Gael, Leitrim County Council, Manorhamilton)
At a June 2010 meeting of Leitrim County Council, Cllr Sean McDermott voted in favour of motion in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. The motion stated that Leitrim County Council “…shares the concerns [RISE] is highlighting, over legislation currently being proposed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley T.D. This Council calls on the Government to listen to the concerns being expressed by those who engage in hunting and other outdoor activities…”

Cllr Paddy O’Rourke (Fianna Fail, Leitrim County Council, Ballinamore)
In 2010, Councillor Paddy O’Rourke supported motions in support of the pro-bloodsports RISE campaign. One of the motion was that “Leitrim County Council support the “Rise Campaign” (Rural Ireland says enough) concerning the legislation being brought in to ban all field sports which would have a devastating effect on people’s livelihood.” According to the minutes of a 14th June 2010 council meeting, “Councillor Paddy O’Rourke supported the motions. He stated that nobody is supporting any form of abuse of animals but that there is a place for culling etc and a balanced attitude and approach is required.”

Green Party candidates
Elizabeth Gifford
Leslie O’Hora
Bláithín Gallagher

The Green Party is in favour of a ban on bloodsports, including fox hunting, hare coursing, hare hunting and mink hunting. It also supports a ban on fur farming and an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring and killing of badgers. See the party’s full animal welfare policy document at https://www.greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Green-Party-Animal-Welfare-Policy_June-20151.pdf

See the full list of Leitrim candidates at
https://www.rte.ie/news/elections-2019/2019/0505/1047633-leitrim-county-council/

Find out the views of candidates in other constituencies
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/2019-election-and-animal-cruelty-issues

Find out the views of European election candidates
https://banbloodsports.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/european-election-candidates-and-animal-cruelty-issues/

If you are a candidate and wish to provide a statement outlining your views on animal cruelty issues, please email it to us at info@banbloodsports.com