Most dog lovers know how terrible the Greyhound racing industry is. For animal activists, it is an outdated and unnecessary tradition which needs to be stopped; that is what this Irish group will be fighting for tomorrow.
By, 18 Jul 2019
No life for a dog
Living in kennels their whole lives, most racing Greyhounds never know the comfort and love of a home.
Evidence has shown they are fed high-protein diets which can permanently damage their teeth and gums. Some are even doped with illegal drugs to make them run faster, despite this causing tremors, anxiety, and heart attacks as well. Musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis are also very common.
The gentle dogs spend their lives in chronic suffering before they are killed from horrific injuries on the track or abandoned or euthanised by their masters because they are deemed no longer useful.
A cruel world
Despite this, the industry remains widespread across the UK. Ireland is one of only eight countries in the world that still hosts the sport, and reports have shown that it is supported yearly by around 16 million taxpayer’s euros.
What’s even more shocking is the sheer number of ‘waste’ produced by the industry. Reports have shown that up to 6,000 Irish Greyhounds are killed just for poor performance or failure to make qualification times.
#Ireland gives greyhound industry €16m a year of taxpayers’ money, 1 of just 8 countries still hosting racing. But nearly 6,000 of 16,000 greyhounds bred here every year, are killed, running for their lives. #RTEInvestigates, tonight, 9.35pm @RTEOne pic.twitter.com/88dJbvS9h5— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) June 26, 2019
Peacefully protesting for our pooches
Tipperary Greyhound Awareness is a small group of animal activists who are actively working to inform about the cruelty of the racing industry. On Friday, 19th of July, at 6:30 PM, they will be hosting a silent, peaceful protest at the Clonmel Greyhound Stadium.
The group invites anyone who is concerned about Greyhound welfare to attend, and to bring a Greyhound collar with them. As a sign of respect, and in representation of the lives lost due to the racing industry, collars will be set down on the floor with a battery-operated night light shining bright in its centre.
Greyhounds are gentle, loving, goofy, and affectionate dogs. They deserve so much better than the racing industry. We hope many show up to the event and show their support for the cause.