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Greyhound Racing

About 30,000 greyhound pups are registered every year between Ireland and the U.K. The number bred is actually many thousands more than this, when taking into account pups that never get registered.

If you support Greyhound racing, you’re directly funding the abuse and deaths of these animals.
SO STOP NOW!

Although most of these dogs are bred in Ireland, the majority are produced to supply the demands of the British greyhound racing industry.

About 30,000 greyhound pups are registered every year between Ireland and the U.K. The number bred is actually many thousands more than this, when taking into account pups that never get registered, and those killed by breeders at a very young age because they fail to reach racing standards.

Dogs who actually make it to the track are very likely to experience suffering during their racing careers. It has been estimated that greyhounds running on British tracks sustain more than 12,000 injuries every year and that 10% of dogs that race are already suffering from injuries. Injured toes, torn muscles, strained tendons and arthritic joints are commonplace.

 

There have been numerous doping scandals uncovered in the Irish racing industry - many dogs are given drugs, such as cocaine, before a race to increase their speed.

At least 10,000 greyhounds “retire” from racing in Britain every year, at an average age of just 2½ years old. This is either because of injury or because they are adjudged to be no longer good enough to race. Many exracing greyhounds are simply abandoned and a large number are killed, sometimes by extremely cruel methods such as drowning or poisoning, because most ‘owners’ and trainers are not prepared to pay the cost of having them put to sleep by a vet. The shooting of greyhounds, as a killing method, is not uncommon.

Bodies of greyhounds have been found all over the country, washed up on rivers or found in woods. Occasionally, some are found still alive – mutilated. As greyhounds are tattooed on both ears, to identify them for racing and coursing purposes, ‘owners’ often actually cut the dogs ears off. This is to prevent the identity of the dog becoming known, and thus his former ‘owners’ being traced.

Every year many hundreds of ‘unwanted’ greyhounds are shipped to Spain to be kept for racing in appalling conditions or used for hunting and coursing. Dogs that turn out to he no good for hunting are often brutally disposed of, with hanging being a favourite method. Some are even sent to Asia, were they are either killed for the meat trade or used in laboratories for vivisection.

The only way to prevent the massive suffering and killing of greyhounds caused by the greyhound racing industry is for greyhound racing to be abolished.

Animals are not ours to use for entertainment or profit. Stop using innocent dogs to fill your gambling needs. Ban greyhound racing now.

What’s happening to them?

“As many as 30,000 greyhounds are born here every year and, clearly, not all of them make it to the track. Huge numbers are abandoned or handed over to rescue organisations and pounds who find it near impossible to re-home them.”

So, what are we doing about it?

Protests

Directly protesting outside greyhound racing stadiums is a great way to affect this horrible industry. It's bad publicity for them, it costs them money to hire security, it interferes with their event, and a lot of people get put off and either turn away - or pledge never to go again. Contact us for more information on the next protest!

Awarness

Handing out leaflets, especially to people or parties attending a 'race night', is a really effective way to highlight the cruelty of this industry on a one-on-one level. Most people who attend greyhound races do so with no knowledge of the suffering they are causing. So many people have thanked us for opening their eyes to the abuse they were unwittingly funding. Would you like your own bundle of leaflets to give to family, friends or coworkers on the issue? Email us for a free pack!

Political Lobbying

The Irish government currently gives millions of euro to the greyhound racing industry every year, using your taxes, to help keep the industry afloat. If they stopped, greyhound racing would cease to exist. Please contact your local TD, and ask them to raise this issue in the Dail. The issue has been discussed several times before, but so far the government continues to favour the industry over the dogs' lives. You can help change this - contact us for a sample letter!

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Please feel free to contact us if you want to ask us any questions, report something or get involved.

CONTACT

  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to ask us any questions, report something or get involved.

CONTACT

  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

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