Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust support proposed amendment to the Welfare of Greyhounds Act (2011)

Dogs Trust are pleased to support the proposed amendment to the current Welfare of Greyhounds Act (2011), which is being tabled in a Private Members Bill by Tommy Broughan TD on March 21st, 2017. 

The Bill came about largely because of the impassioned work of Deputy Broughan, who was appalled on hearing about the shocking conditions endured by three Irish greyhounds transported to in infamous Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau, China in April 2016, which is known to have deplorable welfare standards, as well as the attempted export of 24 Irish greyhounds in May 2016.

The Bill looks to amend the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 and will allow for the International Greyhound Forum and Bord na gCon to produce a ‘draft list’ of countries which meet minimum standards with regard to the welfare of greyhounds and to which licenced export of greyhounds from Ireland can be permissible. This ‘draft list’ is then open to public consultation for a minimum of 30 days and the final list, the ‘white list’, is submitted to the Minister for Agriculture and the list shall be revised annually.

Suzie Carley, Executive Director at Dogs Trust said:
"Dogs Trust believes this Bill to be timely following huge concerns expressed by the general public and national and international animal welfare organisations about the export of Irish greyhounds to the Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau last year. We consider such exports to be ill-advised and a massive step backwards in achieving a well regulated and safe environment for greyhounds both in Ireland and elsewhere in the world. 
We strongly believe in the need for implementation of additional statutory measures to prevent such exports taking place in the future. Dogs Trust look forward to working with the welfare members of the International Greyhound Forum and Bord nag Con in establishing the proposed ‘white list’ of countries to which greyhounds can be exported. We would also like to extend our thanks to Deputy Broughan for his ongoing support of Dogs Trust and our work"

You can read the proposed amendment to the Bill here

Amendment for the Welfare of Greyhounds Act PDF 380 KB

For more press information and interviews please contact:

Tommy Broughan, TD.
Telephone: 01 6183557 (Dáil Eireann)
[email protected]

For Dogs Trust:
Suzie Carley – Executive Director, Dogs Trust
Mobile – 086 839 2560
Email –
[email protected]

Ciara McGowan - PR and Communications Officer, Dogs Trust
Phone - 01 879 1828
Email -
[email protected]