Very grateful to Deborah over at Dog Leader Mysteries for today’s post.
The following appeared over on Dog Leader Mysteries last Monday and is republished with Deborah’s permission. Please share this as far and wide as you can.
1 minute for Irish Greyhounds
Featured by dogleadermysteries
Please help Irish Greyhounds by signing this Care2 petition
Save greyhound dogs’ lives in less than 1 minute
Bring Irish Greyhound Racing Regulations in line with the United Kingdom
I will not submit my readers to the horrors racing greyhounds endure or lose their lives from. I never thought any thing could be worse than dogs bred in puppy mills. After reading the Care2 petition’s explanation of the conditions and animal cruelty in Ireland’s dog racing world, now I feel sadder but an informed and wiser person.
My friend, Rosee Riggs, sent me this petition. The situation and welfare for dogs on Irish racetracks distresses all animal lovers everywhere. Without boring you with research and background, the essence of this petition effort targets raising Irish greyhound racing rules to match those in Great Britain.
4 great things about greyhound dogs
When living in a home with a family
- Greyhounds love to snuggle
- Greyhounds enjoy being couch potatoes
- Rescued track greyhounds often hate to run
- Greyhounds cannot swim. They sink due to extremely low body fat
Myth buster: Not true that former track greyhounds become runaway dogs!
This is Rosee’s dog, Speedy. Read more about him on her site Good Dog Practice.
From Care2: legal changes needed to better protect Irish track greyhounds
- Have a veterinarian present at all race meetings, trials and sales trials who must inspect every greyhound before it runs;
- Provide the veterinarian with appropriate facilities;
- Provide suitable kennels, diet, hygiene standards, for all greyhounds that are going to run in a race or trial and for the dogs NOT to be muzzled for 23-24 hours a day; Ensure that the greyhounds have access to an outside area for exercise and be supplied with food and water.
- Only allow greyhounds that are healthy, micro-chipped, registered and, were required, tattooed, to run in a race or trial.
- Keep up to date records of owners, trainers, greyhounds and any injuries/deaths to greyhounds.
- Monitor all licensed and private Breeders to reduce excess Dogs thereby reducing the need to euthanize/kill unwanted puppies.
- To regulate Ireland’s greyhound breeders, not governed by the same regulations & welfare stipulations as the UK. All aspects of greyhound dog breeding, training and kennelling.
- To provide adequate travel facilities, breaks (on long journeys) and water/food as required.
Please sign and share
Thanks for reading, Deborah Taylor-French
Delighted to say that at 15:30 PST yesterday, the Care2 Petition site read:
we’ve got 169,061 signatures, help us get to 170,000
and went on to explain the background to the petition:
There are major concerns about animal welfare issues relating to the racing greyhound industry in Ireland. Many puppies and older dogs which don’t perform to racing owner expectations are killed simply because they won’t make money for the owner. They are discovered in mass graves with their tattooed ears hacked off so they can’t be identified – so that their owners can’t be held accountable.
Dogs are generally kennelled, constantly muzzled, for 23-24 hours a day for their entire racing life. There are usually at least two dogs per small kennel, sharing one bed (with straw if they are lucky). The kennels are overcrowded, not properly maintained and badly cramped.
In the UK there are regulations which provide some protection for racing greyhounds. These regulations do not exist in Ireland where most racing greyhounds come from. Changes need to be made to bring the laws in Ireland in line with those in the UK. These rules aren’t perfect but they do offer a lot of improvements to the lives of these beautiful dogs.
Please sign the petition to show the Irish Greyhound Racing Board that the public cares about these dogs, to encourage them to support laws to protect these dogs.
At least 20 greyhounds a day, either puppies, which do not make the track because of lack of “prey drive”, or ‘retired’ dogs, aged between 18 months to 3-4 years, simply ‘disappear’ according to “records”. All dogs should be identifiable by the tattoos & registry records. When they are tattooed the dogs are roughly handled & dragged around by their ears with pincers.