“This industry receives over €16m annually in State funding while animal welfare charities are bursting at the seams with dogs rescued from euthanasia due to being too slow for racing” Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green Party, #Kilkenny) | RT to urge @LeoVaradkar to stop the funding pic.twitter.com/CPt6RPaaq0
— Ban Blood Sports (@banbloodsports) September 29, 2019
The decision of Tourism Ireland and Bord Fáilte to suspend promotion of Ireland’s greyhound racing has provoked “fury” amongst dog owners and fans of the sport, the head of the industry has declared.
The suspension decision, pressed by Minister for Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, follows directly on from RTÉ’s undercover Running For Their Lives documentary into greyhound racing earlier this year, the chief executive of the Irish Greyhound Board Gerard Dollard said.
The documentary reported that 6,000 greyhounds are put down in Ireland every year.
The reaction of the greyhound industry to the decision was one of fury, Mr Dollard said.