More signatures needed for Snip Nua petition
In early 2010 the BBC received many complaints after it featured a racing greyhound called Snip Nua in the popular TV show ‘Three Men Go to Ireland’. The show was presented by Grif Rhys Jones, Rory McGrath and Dara O’Briain. Snip was owned by a syndicate of 16 wealthy members, among which comedian Dara O’Briain was one. What Dara and the BBC forgot to tell viewers was that Snip Nua had been destroyed by the time the show was broadcast. Snip like many other racing greyhounds suffered a broken hock in what was to be her seventh and final race at Harold’s Cross Dublin on the 14th December 2009.
Hock injuries are common in racing greyhounds and while the injuries are usually career ending they are almost always treatable. In the UK the Greyhound board of Great Britain sanctions the destruction of injured dogs on econonmic grounds ie they are unsuitable to race following injury and in other countries the destruction of such dogs is common practice. The Dublin society for the prevention of cruelty to animals has described the practice as ‘tantamout to animal abuse’.