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Maldron Hotels thanked for removing greyhound racing leaflets
06 September 2017

A big thank you to the Maldron Hotel in Limerick for removing leaflets promoting greyhound racing. The Limerick greyhound track leaflets, aimed at tourists to the city, have been taken off a leaflet display in the hotel.

Responding to an ICABS appeal, in which we highlighted the cruelty and killing in the greyhound industry, the Maldron Hotel chain replied to say: "We have removed these leaflets from our Maldron Limerick hotel foyer."

The leaflets, claiming dog racing is a "unique Irish experience", carried the message "enjoy an exciting evening of greyhound racing" translated into French, German, Spanish and Italian.

We are grateful to Maldron Hotels for their compassionate response. Find out more about Maldron at


Urge leaflet display company, Glance Promotions, to exclude greyhound racing leaflets from its stands.

Glance Promotions,
4 Shannonside Business Park,
Birdhill, Co. Tipperary
Tel: 061-338 588.

If you spot greyhound racing leaflets on display in your local hotels or tourist information centres, please ask for them to be removed. Appeal to hotels to stop publicising greyhound racing on their websites, including

Ask Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club in Enniscorthy to stop promoting greyhound racing as a “great night for the whole family”
Tel: +353 (0)53 9237800
Tweet to @TheRiverside

The Absolute Hotel in Limerick is encouraging visitors to support greyhound racing, describing it as “adrenaline pumped entertainment”. Please ask the hotel to remove greyhound racing from its website
T: +353 61 463600
Tweet to @AbsoluteHotelGM

Appeal to the Mullingar Park Hotel to stop recommending greyhound racing in the “Things to Do” section of its website
Tel (044) 933 7500
Tweet to @mullingarpark

Urge Dublin’s North Star Hotel to exclude greyhound racing from its list of tourist attractions. The hotel is telling visitors that they are “guaranteed a great night” if they visit a local greyhound track
Tel +35318363136
Tweet to @northstar_hotel

On its website, Limerick’s The George hotel is promoting greyhound racing as “a great night out” Please contact the hotel now and tell them about the cruelty and killing in the greyhound industry.
Tel: +353 61 460400
Tweet to @GeorgeBoutique1

Contact Dublin’s Skylon Hotel and ask them to stop promoting greyhound racing as “something fun that all the family can enjoy”
Tel: +353 (0)1 884 3900
Tweet to @skylondublin

For more information, please read our leaflet “Six reasons to say NO to greyhound racing”



Greyhounds too slow to win races and also retired greyhounds are killed: Greyhounds can live up to 14 years but in the Irish greyhound industry, the lifespan is just 3-4 years. On RTE's Prime Time, a spokesperson for Limerick Animal Welfare stated: "We believe that there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. We've had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, brutalized, drowned." In a Cork 96FM radio interview, a former Irish Greyhound Board chairman said he believed it is "absolutely okay" to kill thousands of dogs and that there can't be greyhound racing without euthanasia.


Greyhounds sustain painful injuries when they slip and fall on tracks: It is very distressing to see greyhounds writhing in agony and hearing them crying out when they crash out of races. Hundreds of injured dogs are destroyed at Irish tracks every year. The injuries could be treated but, because this costs money and the dogs are less likely to later win races, they are instead killed. No mercy is shown because it's cash before compassion.


Some greyhounds are mutilated: Among the victims is an emaciated greyhound dumped in Tipperary with her ears burned (to remove markings which would identify the owner) and the tip of her tail hacked off. According to industry insiders quoted in an Irish Sun report, this dog's case is the “tip of the iceberg” and not an isolated incident. They added: “This type of brutality is happening all the time. It's the disgusting underbelly of the greyhound world."


Irish greyhounds are being sent abroad to countries with little or no animal welfare: They are ending up in Macau where they are kept in concrete cells and killed if they stop winning, China where they may be sold on to the dog meat trade and boiled alive, Spain where they are hung from trees and dumped down wells and Pakistan where they suffer from heat exhaustion. The Irish Government has shamefully refused to ban exports to these destinations.


Greyhounds are illegally drugged to make them run faster or slower: Dogs are doped by owners to influence the outcome of races so that they can win on bets. This is why many have stopped gambling on greyhound racing. The Morris review, commissioned by the Irish Greyhound Board itself, acknowledged that doping is a problem. A Joint Agriculture Committee report stated: “The use of controlled and illegal substances in racing in Ireland is of grave concern." Drugs used include stanozolol, cocaine and viagra and dogs suffer as a result.


Greyhounds are not the only animals who are suffering: The illegal blooding of greyhounds - using live rabbits, hares, kittens and other small animals - is a cruel training method in the greyhound industry. One Irish Independent greyhound scene journalist noted: "The bald truth is that greyhound racing would not continue to exist without blooding. It follows that, with a constant greyhound population of close on 30,000, blooding must be widespread. Don't expect an admission of that from Bord na gCon."

Greyhound racing’s link to cruel hare coursing: All greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club. The registration fees paid fund the cruel practice of live hare coursing. This barbaric bloodsport involves snatching thousands of hares from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds at coursing meetings. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports - Working to end animal cruelty in Ireland
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