Originally Posted by scartman1
When track racing was established in the 1920's it was controlled by the ICC. in 1958 the running of the tracks was handed over to the newly formed Bord na Gon, or IGb in latter day speak, but the stud book remained in the control of the ICC. The stud book and its integrity goes back even further when it was controled by the National Coursing club in England. The ICC split from them in the 1920's i think and took control of the Irish stud book. Irish dogs have since grown to be the most dominant breed in the world today.
The ICC has a revenue stream from the registration and control this side of the industry very effectively.
Greyhound supporters are generally supportive of both disciplines and the objectors of conscience that you refer to are few and far between. It wouldn't make sense to change it for this minor issue if it is even an issue at all.
by the way people should go coursing and see for themselves the great work the ICC do in hare conservation.
I have no problem Scartman with your assessment of the ICC and its performance, but that isn't really the issue I was raising, and I'm afraid I can't agree that the widespread objection to coursing is a minor issue for people who wish to get involved in greyhound track racing only.
I personally many people who simply will not go near greyhound racing because they can't support hare coursing...which they would clearly be doing if they paid a registration fee to the ICC.
This is not to denigrate the ICC...the point is that greyhound track racing enjoys far more more public approval than hare coursing...whereas coursing as you know has something of a shadow over it for many people, and it's banned in a number of countries.
Let me repeat that I'm not advocating banning coursing itself, as I believe that it can be cleaned up where necessary. What I can't accept is forcing people to subsidise coursing before they can get into track racing.
Likewise I wouldn't expect someone who joined a hurling club to pay a registration fee to a cricket club instead...or people
who join Sinn Fein to register with the IRA...that would be absurd and unfair...and so, I suggest, is compelling owners of racing greyhounds to, in effect, prop up hare coursing via that registration fee.
I have no issue with Scartman's suggestion that people attend coursing meetings or his views on the ICC's conservation policy. But coursing is coursing and racing is racing. Coursing is very different from racing and we see how RTE, for example, treats it differently, not giving coursing results while giving track racing nornal sports coverage.
At the very least I suggest we need a debate on the registration fee issue to see how the politicians will deal with this and address people's concerns.