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Increase in number of greyhounds killed during racing
19 July 2018

Track attendance is falling, sponsorship is falling, active owners of racing greyhounds is falling. The only thing not falling in the DYING greyhound industry is the number of unfortunate dogs being killed at tracks.

Latest Irish Greyhound Board figures, obtained by Clare Daly TD (further to a Dail Question to the Agriculture Minister), reveal that the number of dogs killed at tracks around Ireland during the first six months of 2018 is up on the same period last year.

The sickening death data shows that from January to June 2018, 53 greyhounds were destroyed by track vets. For the corresponding period in 2017, 51 injured greyhounds were "put to sleep" by vets.

The percentage of injured greyhounds being killed in the first half of the year has also risen - from 31% in 2017 (164 injured, 51 killed) to 32% in 2018 (163 injured, 53 killed).

In the past three and a half years, 1,369 greyhounds have suffered injuries and 438 have been killed at Irish tracks. The figures are based on "reported" injuries and deaths, suggesting that the actual number could be even higher. This does not include the greyhounds injured at tracks and later killed elsewhere, or the thousands of greyhounds who go missing each year - presumed killed when found to be too slow to win races.

It's time for the government to bring the cruel greyhound industry to an end by stopping the millions of euros in funding that is keeping it afloat. Nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers' money has been handed over to greyhound racing since 2001.

View the 2018 statistics document
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VmulJpWgnPPi2c2WF-XEew1xJ_9ABRKr Download the pdf
https://banbloodsports.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/race-injury-report-january-to-june-2018.pdf

REPORTED GREYHOUND INJURIES AND DEATHS AT IRISH TRACKS

2018 (January to June) Injuries: 163. Deaths 53

2017 Injuries: 357. Deaths: 124

2016 Injuries: 427. Deaths: 139

2015 Injuries: 422. Deaths: 122

 ACTION ALERT 

Say NO to the greyhound industry - don't attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry).

Distribute our "6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing" leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet or order copies by emailing info@banbloodsports.com

The cruel and crumbling greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers' money since 2001 (including 16 million for 2018). Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry and instead direct the money to charities and other deserving causes. Email "Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry" to taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie

Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to end funding to the greyhound industry.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Email: taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Email: paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, minister@per.gov.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaschalDonohoe/
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Please sign and share our petition
Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

https://www.change.org/p/irish-government-stop-giving-millions-of-euro-to-cruel-greyhound-industry

Reported Greyhound Injuries and Deaths
January - June 2018

TrackInjuriesDeaths
CLONMEL 07 03
CURRAHEEN PARK 14 07
DUNDALK 07 03
ENNISCORTHY 11 00
GALWAY 17 04
KILKENNY 06 02
LIFFORD 08 03
LIMERICK 15 05
LONGFORD 02 00
MULLINGAR 16 04
NEWBRIDGE 11 04
SHELBOURNE PARK 24 05
THURLES 03 03
TRALEE 12 04
WATERFORD 03 02
YOUGHAL 07 04

Reported Greyhound Injuries and Deaths
January - December 2017

TrackInjuriesDeaths
CLONMEL 11 03
CURRAHEEN PARK 21 08
DUNDALK 44 10
ENNISCORTHY 18 04
GALWAY 24 10
HAROLD'S CROSS 02 01
KILKENNY 08 03
LIFFORD 10 06
LIMERICK 46 19
LONGFORD 13 05
MULLINGAR 71 16
NEWBRIDGE 17 04
SHELBOURNE PARK 21 10
THURLES 10 03
TRALEE 24 15
WATERFORD 10 06
YOUGHAL 07 01

Reported Injuries And Deaths: 2018 (Jan-June)
Injuries: 163 Deaths: 53

Reported Injuries And Deaths: 2017
Injuries: 357 Deaths: 124

Reported Injuries And Deaths: 2016
Injuries: 427 Deaths: 139

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