Horrendous news for Irish greyhounds. The Irish Greyhound Board will stop at nothing to make money! First of all they were going to send them to the Far East, now it's Spain! Unbelievable, remembering that Anne Finch, SOS Galgos and others joined together to get the Barcelona racetrack closed down and the 700 greyhounds homed.
Greyhounds are being purchased in Ireland and then transported to Spain - With the opening of greyhound racing tracks in Andalucía, Spain, which are as of yet not licensed so no official betting is allowed.
The Spanish are back at the Greyhound sales in Thurles, Ireland paying over the top prices for the dogs. These greyhounds are purported to have been vaccinated by a local vet and are currently in kennels in Ireland waiting to be transported to Spain mid November.
We are calling on the Irish Greyhound Board and the Irish Department of Agriculture, specifically Minister Simon Coveney, to stop these dogs being exported to a life of misery and a cruel death. We are also calling on rescue groups and those within the racing industry who are opposed to the exportation of these greyhounds to Spain to boycott those who are profiting from this situation be they breeders, trainers, transporters or vets.
This is what the IGB says about Greyhounds on its website. Surely they don't support the exportation of these graceful, loyal hounds to a country where sighthounds are treated so badly and disposed of so cruelly in their thousands every year!
"Greyhounds have been in existence for longer than any other breed of dog and for all that time, have been prized for their speed, grace, agility, hunting prowess and as loyal pets and companions.
The only breed mentioned in the Bible, greyhounds appear in early cave drawings, adorning the tombs of Pharaohs and are celebrated in many paintings, stories and poems. In 124 A.D. The Roman Flavius Arrianus (Arrian) sang the praises of his Celtic greyhound "Horme".
"She is moreover, gentle and kindly affectionate, and never before had I a dog with such regard for myself. When I am at home she remains by my side, accompanies me in going abroad, follows me to the gymnasium and while I am exercising myself, sits down near me. At meals she pats me with one foot and then the other, to remind me she is to have her share of the food. Nothing is as helpful as a soft warm bed. It is best if they can sleep with a person because it makes them more human and because they rejoice in the companionship of human beings"."
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