Statement from the Greyhound Forum and International Greyhound Forum to the Greyhound Industry in Ireland and U.K.
In these deeply distressing and unprecedented times with the Covid-19 virus affecting greyhound racing, the welfare of greyhounds caught up in the current racing suspension must remain front of mind.
Along with all other sectors, animal Rehoming charities are having to overcome extraordinary challenges both financially and operationally, so we hope that putting in place a moratorium on breeding will assist in protecting the welfare of greyhounds both in Ireland and in the U.K.
Trainers, who have no alternative income, will no doubt struggle to feed and care for their dogs at this particularly difficult time, despite some financial support from IGB and GBGB.
With this in mind the animal welfare charities which make up both the Greyhound Forum and the Irish Greyhound Forum are strongly appealing to the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB), the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), to agree a moratorium on greyhound breeding and to enforce this, for an initial 3 month period.
The Chairs of the two Forums, Clarissa Baldwin and Suzie Carley said “Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, which we know has not yet reached its peak, we need to be prudent and prepare for the detrimental impact on the animal welfare sector. It is therefore time for all key stakeholders in the Greyhound Racing Industry to agree not to add to the potential numbers of unwanted/abandoned greyhounds and for their governing bodies to seek and enforce this moratorium.”
Welfare members of the Greyhound Forum: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, Greyhound Trust, Greyhounds in Need, Kennel Club, Wood Green Animal Shelters, RSPCA (England and Wales).
Welfare members of the Irish Greyhound Forum: Dogs Trust Ireland, Irish Blue Cross, PAWS Animal Welfare, Blue Cross (UK), Greyhound Trust (UK), Dogs Trust (UK), RSPCA (England and Wales).