EIRE/IRELAND >> main page: 22/04/10

NEWS FLASH >> Top dog racing industry official arrested + Update ... Corruption and criminals, as well as cruelty... click here for full story

NEWS FLASH >> Highly informative and revealing new list of Irish greyhound casualties ... click here

NEWS FLASH >> Important update on video footage (taken by two Swedish students) that proves muzzling does not prevent cruelty to coursed hares ... click here

URGENT ACTION >> Did the BBC Callously Dismiss the Deaths of Two Greyhounds? Click here for full story

NEWS FLASH >>
Greyhounds killed in suspicious fire at Irish kennels ... click here for full story. GA note. the kennel owner suggests Hunt Saboteurs started the fire, however Sabs would NEVER hurt an animal and the owner himself mentions his money problems.


NEWS FLASH >> A greyhound control steward in Dundalk stadium has resigned following allegations that he allowed a “ringer” to win a race last June.
Click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> Paddy Power ends Irish Greyhound Derby sponsorship click here

NEWS FLASH >> Irish man jailed for starving two greyhounds click here


NEWS FLASH >> Irish Greyhounds Found in Appalling Conditions ... click here for more info from www.greytexploitations.com


NEWS FLASH >> Ireland breeds approximately 80% of the greyhounds for UK tracks – with the aid of EU funding through farming schemes ... click here to read more background information from a Greytexploitations report

NEWS FLASH >> Allegation that Irish Coursing Club is being investigated by Fraud Squad ... click here for more info


NEWS FLASH >> Week of Action against greyhound racing in Ireland - report ... click here

URGENT ACTION >> Ireland Animal Rights Action Network is organizing a massive week of action against the Irish greyhound racing industry during the week of August 24th - 30th ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >>
Check out this website devoted to abolishing Hare Coursing in Ireland ... www.myspace.com/banharecoursingireland

URGENT ACTION >> Proposed Fund cuts in Eire could mean more good news for greyhounds ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >>
10,000 dogs put down in Irish pounds yet British racing industry still uses Ireland as a greyhound breeding centre... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> ICABS report on mutilated greyhounds ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >>
The bodies of 3 mutilated greyhounds found dumped on a mid west beach ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> Growth in dog fighting rings sparks appeal for crackdown ...greyhounds are being used as bait during "training" sessions click here for info

NEWS FLASH >> An Irish greyhound executioner called Larry Earle has been exposed in the Irish Sun ... Earle of Camolin County Wexford admitted killing greyhounds with a captive bolt gun for 10 euros a time ... you can read the whole article here http://s304.photobucket.com/albums/nn187/GreyhoundAction/IrishSun2009-05-21/?action=view&current=Irish-Sun.jpg (zoom in to read it) ... yet more proof of the "retirement" policy of the greyhound racing fraternity.

NEWS FLASH >>
Irish Sports Minister Martin Cullen stopped in his tracks by Greyhound Action ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >>
More great news ... Attendances at Irish greyhound tracks fall 12% and betting turnover by 8% ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> Drowned greyhound found in River Foyle in Ireland - please take action now ... click here for info

NEWS FLASH >> Waterford Coursing club has been left without a field for hare coursing ... so this years event has been cancelled ... to the massive relief of the greyhounds and hares who would have been maimed and killed.

NEWS FLASH >> 13 million Euros for Greyhound Industry while the old suffer more hardship ... click here for info

NEWS FLASH >> The Irish Greyhound Board has released figures from the first nine months of the year which show a 11% per cent drop in attendance at the country’s stadia nationwide
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URGENT ACTION >> New betting deal will allow people in other countries to bet on Irish greyhound racing ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> Kids are gambling their communion money ... click here


NEWS FLASH >> greyhound breaks back at Clonmel ... click here

NEWS FLASH>>
Fresh greyhound killing ground found in West Cork
... click here for more info

URGENT ACTION >> Tesco
Ireland promoting greyhound racing and horse racing please help us stop them ... click here for more info

URGENT ACTION >> PROTEST AT POWERSTOWN PARK HARE COURSING FINAL IN CLONMEL ... WEDNESDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2008 ... 12pm to 2pm ... click here for more info.

NEWS FLASH>>
From his own mouth ... Greyhound breeder admits to slaughter ... you must read this as an eye opener into exactly how the industry thinks ... click here ... coincidentally a similar scandal has broken in Australia ... proving how widespread these attitudes and actions are in the industry ... click here

NEWS FLASH >>
Yet another doping scandal as 2 dogs test positive at Brandywell the North of Irelands only track ... click here

NEWS FLASH >> Eight Northern Irish "owners" fined for doping dogs with cocaine ... click here


NEWS FLASH >> Yet another doping scandal in Ireland ... this time with herbal ecstasy (BZP) ... click here



NEWS FLASH >> Irish greyhound Tigresa abandoned in Spain after racing in Ireland and Spain ... click here

NEWS FLASH >> Ir
ish Greyhound Board (Bord na gCon) has announced 28 million euros investment in new track facilities at Limerick and Kilkenny ... click for info

NEWS FLASH >> Irish Greyhound Boards syndication of greyhound ownership advert ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> Czech dog lovers offering former racing greyhounds from Ireland new life ... click here

NEWS FLASH >> Irish Coursing Club to rejoin world greyhound body after gap of two years ... underlining the link between coursing and greyhound racing ... click here for more info ... click here for more info on coursing

NEWS FLASH >> Bord facing fresh drugs scandal ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> Greyhound industry reveals plans for the future ... click here to read more

NEWS FLASH >> Paisley says no to Ormeau stadium (Belfast) ... click here for more info

NEWS FLASH >> No prosecution in mutilation case. Despite using DNA to trace the owner of this dog (Aoife) who was abandoned with her ears cut off ... both The Irish Greyhound Board and The Gardai have failed to prosecute the owner ... click here for more info or here for the original story

URGENT ACTION >> St. Joseph's School & Services for the Visually Impaired is going to the dogs. Help us to persuade them it's wrong click here for full details.


NEWS FLASH
>> Irish dog found hanging in Spain? ... click here for more details

URGENT ACTION >> We the undersigned want legislation introduced into the Irish Betting Act 1931 to restrict betting at Horse and Greyhound Tracks to adults over 18 years.(this is the legal age in the uk) ... click here to sign ... GA comment ... obviously we want all racing banned, but this will hammer another nail in the coffin ... so please sign.

URGENT ACTION >> It looks like the the track at Casablanca in Morroco is going to close ... leaving 250 - 300 Irish dogs, when it closes lots of help will be needed ... click here for more details. Incidentally this will be the 7th track to close outside the British Isle in the last few years!

NEWS FLASH >>
Beginning of the end for Harold's Cross
? There are renewed "fears" for the future of Harold's Cross as a greyhound track as the Bord na gCon considers installing slotmachines ... click here for details


NEWS FLASH >>
Yet another dog found in a disgraceful condition ... this time in Wiclklow
... click here for more info


NEWS FLASH >>
2 greyhounds with mutilated ears found within days of each other
... click here for more info

Hare Coursing in Ireland: The photo is taken from an Irish tourist brochure! Hare coursing has been banned in the UK, but is still legal in Eire.

More info on the campaign against hare coursing in Ireland can be found @ http://homepage.tinet.ie/~icabs/index.htm
or click here for the GA factsheet




NEWS FLASH >> 5 greyhounds found washed up on the beach at Ballyduff click here for more details

NEWS FLASH >>
Yet another doping scandal as Ireland's leading dog trainer pleads guilty to possessing illegal 'remedies' ... click here for
full details.
This is a real coup for GA Ireland who were the main force in pressurising the Gardai to get this man convicted.

URGENT ACTION >> GA Ireland are organising a continuing series of demos at
SHELBOURNE PARK, the demos run from 6-45 until 8pm ... ring Bernie 087 2651720 if you can help or want to get involved in the campaign.

NEWS FLASH >> Vinnie Jones aims to reclaim a top hare coursing prize in court after his dog (which won) was tested positive for illegal substances (and disqualified) click here for more info.

NEWS FLASH >> Update on Westwood Club adverts in the Racing Programme at Shelbourne Park greyhound track ... another victory? click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> DNA used to track mutilated dog's owner ... click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> Racing subsidies costing taxpayers 6,000,000 euros a year ... click here for
full details.


NEWS FLASH >> Irish greyhounds are being made into "bodhrans" (Irish traditionaL drums) ... click here for
full details.

NEWS FLASH >> 6000 euro fine for man who transported greyhound in tiny cages from Ireland to the UK ... click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> Coursing man fined over hares row ... click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> Sports Minister critical of parties involved in doping controversy click here for full details.


NEWS FLASH >>
GA Ireland held a highly successful demonstration at the National Greyhound Awards click here for full details

URGENT ACTION >> Please tell the owner of the Keadeen Hotel a Mrs Rose O loughlin the facts about the Greyhound Industry whose AWARDS they hosted (see above)... click here for details

URGENT ACTION >> My name is Fiona Shine and my greyhound cross Casey has gone missing on the 4th of May from the Moynalvy area in Co.Meath. She is approximately 2 years old and is neutered and micro-chipped. She is mainly black with a white bib and 4 white paws and was wearing a brown leather collar. She is a rescue dog so her chip will be registered to the DSPCA. If you have any information or suggestions on who to contact I would appreciate any help, as i Have put notes in every door for miles contacted every Garda station and radio station and pound and not sure what to do next. Thank you for taking the time to read this. My contact number is 0879174275. Thank you.

NEWS FLASH >> Bord na gCon ( The Irish Greyhound Board ) has stopped funding charity re-homing schemes for ex-racers click here for full details.

GA Comment: You only have to look at the story below to see what the result of this cut in funding is likely to be. To see what the "Our Dogs " newspaper says ... click here

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NEWS FLASH/URGENT ACTION >> More greyhound mutilation ... yet another greyhound found with it's ears cut off click here for full details

URGENT ACTION >> An RTE programme NATIONWIDE included a very pro greyhound racing piece of coverage of the Dundalk track ... click here full details of how you can help

URGENT ACTION >> DUNBOYNE AFC are holding their annual visit to Harold's Cross greyhound track, please email asap and ask them not to do it again ... click here for full details.

INFORMATION REQUEST >> This is an appeal to anyone who has information or newspaper cuttings on animal abuse cases which have gone to court. I would be delighted to receive these as I am compiling a book on animal abuse cases here in Ireland. Any information back as far as 1990 is welcome. Click here for more info.

URGENT ACTION >> Please contact these companies that support the Shelbourne track in Dublin to express your disgust ... click here for full details of how you can help.

NEWS FLASH >> Massive scandal rocks Irish racing industry ... yet more on the Irish doping row ... drugs, gambling, politics ... this one's got the lot. click here for full details.

What is the connection between UK and Irish greyhound racing?
... click here

URGENT ACTION >>
GA Ireland calls for a Gardai investigation into the doping scandal click here for full details of how you can help.

NEWS FLASH >>
Greyhound board chief sacked in doping row. click here for full details

NEWS FLASH >> Secrecy surrounds charity donations from greyhound winnings. click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> Hare coursing followers head for Ireland. click here for
full details.

URGENT ACTION >> Irish lurcher Lucy needs a home click here for full details.


NEWS FLASH >> Georgie and Heather ... two more mutilated greyhounds found in Ireland click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> A little bit of good news...ex-racer Elizabeth is on her way to a better life click here for full details.

NEWS FLASH >> Eva ... yet another mutilated greyhound found in Ireland click here for full details.



NEWS FLASH>> GREYHOUND INDUSTRY RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE TORTURE; YET ANOTHER GREYHOUND WITH EARS AND SCALP MUTILATED AND REMOVED (TIPPERARY) click here for more details. We now have a poster of Fionn which we are asking people to put up in their areas ... we must find the scum who did this to Fionn!!! They must not be allowed to do this again ... contact berniew@esatclear.ie

NEWS FLASH>> MORE GREYHOUNDS WITH EARS CUT OFF BY THE RACING INDUSTRY ... this time in Ireland click here for more details

URGENT ACTION >> The final of the world’s richest greyhound race is being held in Ireland on the 17th September we have already demonstrated at the heats please help us demonstrate at the final click here for more info

NEWS FLASH>> There is currently a real problem with rehoming greyhounds from rescues click here for more details and how you can help

URGENT ACTION >> Tom Hayes, the Fine Gael TD for Tipperary South, has admitted that he loves hare coursing and hare hunting ... for more info click here

NEWS FLASH >> Spanish buyers attend Limerick sales 2005 click here for more info and how you can help

NEWS FLASH>> Irish Government shows it's priorities click here

NEWS FLASH>> Irish greyhound "Whippy" needs a home click here

NEWS FLASH>> Irish doping scandal ... the tip of the iceberg? ... urgent help needed to expose the truth click here

NEWS FLASH>> BARBARIC CRUELTY ON THE LIMERICK STREETS ... Angel's story ... help needed click here

NEWS FLASH>> IAMS and EUKANUBA ... PETA expose ... we need your help click here

NEWS FLASH>> EU goes to the dogs at Dundalk click here

NEWS FLASH>> Irish Council Against Blood Sports newsletter including proof that Vinnie Jones is involved in hare coursing click here

NEWS FLASH>> Irish greyhounds are being exported to Sweden click here

NEWS FLASH>> Surveillance operation highlights appalling conditions in transport of greyhounds from Ireland to Spain. http://www.ispca.ie/greyhound210703.html


Greyhound Action Ireland is a very active group campaigning against the Greyhound Racing Industry both in Ireland and worldwide.

Below are some photos taken at a recent GAI demo against the export of greyhounds from Australia to the rest of Asia.

 

BACKGROUND >>

Story by Michael Roddy Story Date: 24/1/2003 Reuters News Service http://www.planetark.org/avantgo/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=19554

 

Ireland goes to dogs as critics hound sport

DUBLIN - Ireland is going to the dogs - greyhound racing, that is - in record numbers but critics say the sport epitomises cruelty to animals and want it shut down. Greyhound racing was long seen as poor man's horse racing, but flash new facilities such as Dublin's refurbished Shelbourne Park, replete with bars and restaurants, plus a renovated track in the southern city of Waterford which opened with pomp and ceremony last weekend, have made it one of the most popular sports in the country. "We were going to go to horse racing but we thought, 'Well, no, let's go see the dogs'," said Tracey Ford, taking in a night at Shelbourne with friends. "It's a bit different." With some 90 million euros spent in recent years upgrading Ireland's 17 venues, the tracks drew more than one million people last year - a quarter of Ireland's population. Punters wagered some 100 million euros, about half the amount wagered on horses. "Greyhound racing is very exciting and it's fast and furious and it suits the modern mentality," Paschal Taggart, chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board, said, announcing annual results which showed attendance had risen 16 percent in 2002. The average age of those attending has fallen sharply from what Taggart called the "cloth-cap crowd" to a predominantly youthful, 21-to-35 age group, lured for an evening of "quick bets, plenty of drink and plenty of food". He said the boom coincided with a marketing campaign that began in 1996, pitching greyhound racing as "a night out with a difference". The board also has recently begun transmitting Irish races to the United States, where they are shown in casinos and other betting venues, and hopes to expand to other countries.

MECHANICAL RABBIT

There is no denying the appeal of the sport, in which the oddly graceful yet ungainly dogs, with their barrel chests and spindly hindquarters, run at lightning speeds in pursuit of a mechanical rabbit which tears around the perimeter of the track. Greyhounds run the average distance of 480 metres in about 30 seconds, a speed of 56 kph. Trainers and breeders, many of them small operators who have only a handful of dogs which they raise or train at home, say it makes a good hobby and an increasingly lucrative one. "I started off walking the dogs when I was 12 and getting a few bob and of course it gets into your blood and here I am at 60 years of age," said Michael Kearney, a trainer from Navan, County Meath. His greyhound fixation earns more than a few bob - a slang word for the old shillings - for Kearney, one of whose dogs won the derby at Shelbourne last year, netting him prize money of 150,000 euros, tax free. He can charge 900 euros for a stud to service a bitch, while bitches with the right pedigree can fetch up to 30,000 euros. The top dogs in Ireland fetch 100,000 euros, experts say. "Ireland is the home of breeding, the home of horsebreeding too," Kearney said. But not everyone is enamoured of greyhound racing, or of the breeding and training industry that has grown up around it.

"BRED TO DIE"

"From our point of view it is all bad because the main point is if an animal is bred just for one purpose, once that purpose ends it's disposable," said Bernie Wright, director of Dog Rescue, a service that tries to find homes for ex-racing dogs. With 22,000 greyhound pups registered in Ireland every year, and probably thousands more than that whelped, it is impossible to find homes for all once they have lived their average racing life in Ireland of about three years, Wright said. "I can only place 20 or 30 of them," she said. Some were exported to Asia, where they might wind up as dog meat, while others were shipped to Spain, where racing conditions were particularly cruel, she said. The U.K.-based public interest group Greyhound Action International estimates that globally "tens of thousands of dogs are disposed of every year by the greyhound racing industry, either because they fail to make the grade as racers or because their racing days are over". "These dogs are bred to die," Wright said. "Ireland has created a glut of greyhounds and other countries are being left to mop up the problem." "Ireland is a drastic place for animals," she added. Taggart acknowledged that there was no way to find homes for all the dogs but said the board were concerned about the issue. It contributed two percent of prize money to an animal welfare fund and encouraged owners to do likewise. He said he had lobbied hard for owners to stop shipping retired animals to Spain but added, "We can't ban it, obviously". Tony Gregory, an independent member of the Irish parliament, said he had raised the issue of banning exports of Irish dogs to Spain in the legislature, to no avail. "Unfortunately in Ireland animal rights doesn't seem to rank very highly and I think governments and the establishment generally would be quite happy if it was all swept under the carpet," he said.

MORNING TEA

While they are in their prime, the industry says the dogs are so valuable that they often are fed as well as or better than humans. In the morning the dogs get tea with their feed and in the evening they get at least half a kilo of meat. But at the tracks, the interest is not in animal rights or how much the animals are worth. It is all about betting. "They could be watching kangaroos running around, maybe," Taggart said, acknowledging that for most people at the tracks, betting was the thing. "It's a betting thing is right, it sure is," said Shelbourne veteran Sean Kenny, 65, a retired milk delivery man. "Last night I made 1,400 euros but I'm losing 800 tonight so far. "I tell you one thing, if you put the wins on one page and your losses on the other for a year you're going to come out losing, there is no doubt about that. "That's why the bookies are there the six nights a week but we punters have to miss an odd night or two."

 

CASE HISTORIES OF MUTILATED & MURDERED IRISH DOGS
TRACKS OF THEIR TEARS
NEWS ARTICLES and PRESS RELEASES
A LIST OF GREYHOUND DEATHS AND CASUALTIES
The link to the UK:

Ireland breeds approximately 80% of the greyhounds for UK tracks – with the aid of EU funding through farming schemes ... click here to read more background information from a Greytexploitations report


POWERPOINT
PRESENTATION

We now have a downloadable Powerpoint presentation that you can email or show to people.

click here to download

PETITION:

We the undersigned want legislation introduced into the Irish Betting Act 1931 to restrict betting at Horse and Greyhound Tracks to adults over 18 years.(this is the legal age in the uk)

Click here to sign

GA comment ... obviously we want all racing banned, but this will hammer another nail in the coffin ... so please sign.

DONATE NOW:

100% of donations to
Greyhound Action International go directly to campaigning against cruelty to greyhounds, galgos and lurchers.

Please send cheques or international money orders to:

Greyhound Action International,

PO Box 127, Kidderminster, DY10 3UZ.




EIRE/IRELAND CONTACT DETAILS

Greyhound Action Ireland

P O Box 4734,
DUBLIN 1,
County Dublin,
Republic of Ireland

Tel / Fax: +353 1 864 2394

berniew@esatclear.ie

Other contacts in Ireland:

Alliance For Animal Rights - campaigns against greyhound racing and on other animal rights issues.

http://www.afarireland.org

Association of Hunt Saboteurs Ireland - campaigning against Hare Coursing and other bloodsports in Ireland.

http://www.huntsabsireland.org/

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports
PO Box 88, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Ireland.

http://www.banbloodsports.com

Limerick Animal Welfare ... especially working to stop the export of greyhounds to Spain

queries@limerickanimalwelfare.com

Irish Tourist Board:

If you are disgusted by what you've learnt about greyhound racing and coursing in Eire ... why not email the Irish Tourist Board and let them know.

info@failteireland.ie