Letter to Editor
The welfare members of the International Greyhound Forum, Dogs Trust Ireland (Chair), ISPCA, Irish Blue Cross, Paws Animal Rescue, Dogs Trust UK and Greyhound Trust, are appalled and deeply upset, but sadly not surprised to see some of the barbaric practices that the Greyhounds, featured on the RTE Investigates programme, had to endure in countries that they are exported to, as well as our own country.
For many years we have been campaigning strongly against unacceptable practices such as intensive, wasteful breeding programmes, cruelty and mistreatment and the abandonment of dogs past their racing peak.
We are incredibly disappointed that our proposed amendment regarding a ban on the export of Greyhounds to countries that do not meet minimum animal welfare standards, which was tabled by Deputies Maureen O’Sullivan and Tommy Broughan in the Dáil, was not included in the Greyhound Racing Act 2019. Despite the government’s obvious abhorrence of the cruelty exposed on the RTÉ Investigates programme, this opportunity to ban the export of greyhounds was not taken up by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil when voting on proposed amendments to the Greyhound Racing Act 2019.
We will continue to fight to ensure that the welfare of Greyhounds is held in the highest regard by the greyhound racing industry to protect these vulnerable and sentient animals. We are currently reaching out to TDs and Ministers to discuss how we can best protect our Irish greyhounds.
The welfare members of the International Greyhound Forum (IGF)