What a disturbing programme on this minute. There appear to be huge numbers of "missing" greyhounds, with mass culling of "unsuccessful" greyhounds common.
Almost 6,000 greyhounds killed in Ireland every year, new RTÉ documentary reveals
Outside kennel and breeding deaths, officially
since 2014 there have been 575 deaths of greyhounds at Irish race tracks since 2014. That's a huge number of animals killed at races. How can anybody justify that?
There's also a massive problem with drugs in the industry, and some "respectable" trainer in Athenry was raided and an enormous number of drugs and steroids were found on his premises
. Many of the 'old school' trainers were talking about how drugs have destroyed the racing they loved.
Legally, according to the programme, greyhounds are classified under Irish law as farm animals along with horses. Accordingly, state funding for both greyhound racing and horse racing is ringfenced and the UCD academic said greyhound racing had a whopping €16 million in state funding last year
for itself whereas Sports Ireland got €60 million to share between 60 competing sports. Hmmm. Was Charlie McCreevy the minister who gave them that? Given how generous he was with our taxes to the horse gambling industry, it wouldn't surprise me.
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