Greyhound Action Ireland members protested in Dublin today against the export of greyhounds to China.
A group of animal welfare protesters picketed the Irish embassy in London, and the consulate in Boston yesterday – St Patrick’s Day – demonstrating against plans to export Irish greyhounds to China, where they may be beaten.
We write as a concerned group of leading animal welfare organisations with extensive experience of greyhound welfare, regarding the Irish Greyhound Board’s suggested interest in sending Irish greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China to establish a greyhound industry. It is clear that this venture is being pursued with no consideration for the welfare of greyhounds. The future of Irish greyhounds in China would at best be short lived and at worst dire and unthinkable.
And they’re off… Bord na gCon, the Irish greyhound board, wants to export dogs to China as part of an international expansion that could result in it operating racing stadiums there.
The move is opposed by Irish animal welfare groups, which say other countries refuse to sell greyhounds to China. Dogs too slow to win races are routinely slaughtered and even eaten, they claim.
After being denied access to information for years, Grey2K USA finally exposed thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths at the Tri-State Racetrack in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Grey2K USA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cruelty of dog racing and passing stronger greyhound protection laws. According to state records they just obtained, nearly 200 dogs have died since 2005, and at least 3,208 were injured.