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    blokesbloke blokesbloke is offline
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    I can't have a doggie but one day when the circumstances are right I would love to and I am determined I will get a rescue dog - it seems mean to buy one from a breeder when there's so many dogs already out there desperate for a home.

    I can't remember how I first decided I'd get a greyhound, probably read an article on retired ones, but I am pretty sure I'll end up with at least one retired racer.

    They seem such elegant, lovely dogs and seem to be getting more popular too - I'm seeing more of them about the place.

    They seem perfect for me as they're lazy and don't demand long walks - just a couple of short bursts a day letting them run free seems to do them, then they just like eating and sleeping which are my two favourite sports too!

    They're also a decent size and look like proper dogs as well as being beautiful, but they don't have an horrible macho reputation either. So I won't look like a stereotype queen with either a tiny toy dog in pink bows or a fierce macho dog trying to make me look butch!

    So I might well get an Irish doggie, though the UK racing industry is no less cruel from what I can see.

    As long as the greyhound isn't a FF supporter (or he'll just be naughty and uncontrollable all the time) or an SF supporter (or he'll refuse to take orders from a Brit) it's an Irish grey for me!

    I saw one on a website once which was stunning - it was a pure greyhound but had a spotty coat very similar to a dalmations which looked really special on a non-Dalt dog!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaris555 View Post
    Judge a country by how it treats its children and animals. Ireland fails on both counts. Animal abuse and child abuse exist alongside each other, until people take responsibility for their actions we will always live in a world of abuse.


    EARS RIPPED OFF AND BOTHERED: CRUEL FATE OF RETIRED GREYHOUNDS

    DOG lovers in Britain have saved hundreds of greyhounds from being abused and killed in the most horrific ways in Ireland and Spain.
    Bronwen Catton, who runs Kerry Greyhounds UK charity, co-ordinates a team of volunteers to save up to 200 unwanted dogs a year from being burned or buried alive in Ireland.
    She wants the Irish authorities to do more to stop the cruelty and close a loophole which will allow old greyhounds to be exported indirectly to China, where they will be eaten.
    Up to 40,000 greyhounds are bred every year in Ireland for racing, but many are destroyed after being injured or failing to make the grade.
    The Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland believes up to 10,000 greyhounds disappear every year. It has called for the owners to be held responsible.
    Bronwen said: “They suffer horrific ends like being hanged, thrown in wells and burned alive.”
    Many have their ears chopped off to remove identification tattoos before being thrown into rivers or hurled off cliffs. A grave with the bodies of seven greyhounds was found in Limerick in April.
    They suffer horrific ends like being hanged, thrown in wells and burned alive
    Bronwen Catton
    Greyhounds exported to Spain allegedly suffer an even worse fate.
    They are run into the ground, then burned alive or hanged from trees. Dogs with a winning record are hanged high up a tree for a quick death but those with poor records are left with their back legs on the ground to prolong their suffering.
    When the Irish Greyhound Board wanted to export racing dogs direct to China, an outcry forced the Irish government to impose an export ban until documentation could show the dogs would be handled in a humane manner. However, a loophole means the dogs can be exported to Australia first, where the Irish authorities will be powerless to prevent the dogs being shipped on to China.


    Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Ears ripped off and bothered: cruel fate of retired greyhounds
    Not a new story, greyhounds are just like racehorses but without the ethical dispatching part.
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    https://www.facebook.com/events/3013...74984451207377


    A number of protests have taken place worldwide recently to stop the exportation of Irish Greyhounds to countries which do not have sufficient animal welfare protection, specifically Macau, China.

    Many people in the real capital have been asking about another protest in Cork since the 24 greyhounds that were turned back at Heathrow, originated in Banteer, Cork, the current and previous Ministers of Agriculture Michael Creed and Simon Coveney live in Cork also 'Two Stone Tadgh' had his last race in Curraheen Park.

    Now some house-keeping for this event.

    - the protest will be outdoors in the plaza that sits between Dunnes, Eason, Ramen and Michael Creed's office. The perfect location really!! Very busy and dog friendly.

    - this is a PEACEFUL protest, we will not be obstructing anyone's way into Michael Creed's office or into any of the shop/restaurants or causing a nuisance. Gardai have been notified of the event.

    - there is ample free parking nearby.

    - of course dogs are welcome to the protest! especially greyhounds or other sighthounds but all breeds are very welcome. We will have a doggie bar with loads of water and drinking bowls since protesting is thirsty work! Please bring your own poop bags to clean up after your dog.

    This is a map to the location.
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    It is sick that a sport like this could exist with no required provision protecting retired hounds, but not surprising. Our horse breeding industry is similar with so many neglected horses throughout the country.

    Dogs with a winning record are hanged high up a tree for a quick death but those with poor records are left with their back legs on the ground to prolong their suffering.
    What kind of scum, the mind boggles. I have such hatred for people like this.

    Spain has kind of a reputation in this area but imho we do too.

    My solution would be to ban the industry entirely and the horse breeding one too, until the industry can produce proofed processes that remove the possibility of cruelty to creatures.
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    what gets me is the work night out at the track type crap
    those that go are the problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidoff View Post
    Anyone familiar with the sport will know that this just isn't true.

    Beyond a certain level of window-dressing, almost anything goes. It's like the wild west.

    The 'blooding' described earlier by others is a fact. Doping is a fact. And there are credible rumours of a top trainer running 'ringers' under false identities.

    I like greyhound racing, but the sport badly needs tighter regulation.
    Why should they regulate anything when people like you will support it as it is now?
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    The Chinese are a major problem for animal rights issues, they are so far behind and cruelty is ingrained into their culture.

    They are also trying to get their hands on African Donkeys (poor creatures who spent their lives doing back breaking work for Africa's poorest and get 'retired' by sent to China) and animal welfare people are trying to stop it.

    The Chinese will eat anything so long as it is meat and animal rights is considered a 'western' concept in South China.
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    The Italians take a lot of ex racing greyhounds, they're very popular pets over there. The Chinese also take many, but in the case of China the dogs are boiled alive, that's a fact not a fiction. Another fact is that the greyhound racing industry has been dying for years and it's only kept alive with tens of millions in government funding. Combined the greyhound racing and horse racing industries receive 20 odd million a year in government grants.

    Compare that with the 2 million or whatever's left in an ex Gratia fund at the Minister for Agriculture's discretion that is divided between the animal rescues who often take in and rehome horses and ex racing dogs and you can see where the priorities lie. The rescues include the main ones like the ISPCA and the little ones who are every day working people desperately trying to raise funds for the animals they take in that nobody wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roparadise View Post
    Greyhounds are bred for racing,just like pitbulls are bred for fighting and cows are bred to be eaten. Its not like their stealing people's pets and killing them.
    Very revealing.

    The whole situation of animal rights as they are today lays bare how disgusting we are as a species.
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