Tourism Ireland urged to stop promoting greyhound racing
22 March 2017
Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland are being urged to stop promoting greyhound racing as a tourist attraction. In the Irish Greyhound Board's latest annual report, it is stated: "Bord na gCon worked very closely with the domestic and international teams from Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland in promoting a night at the dogs..."
Responding to a recent complaint about the promotion, Failte Ireland stated: "Failte Ireland use greyhound stadiums as part of promoting Ireland to our international visitors and they have enjoyed this immensely. This is a great way of promoting the Irish culture to tourists coming to Ireland..."
ICABS has sent the tourism bodies a link to the recent RTE Prime Time programme in which the chairperson of Limerick Animal Welfare, Marion Fitzgibbon stated: "We believe there are probably 10,000 greyhounds put to sleep every year. They can be killed in all sorts of fashions. We've had so many instances of finding them shot, ears cut off, drowned."
There is growing opposition to greyhound racing in Europe, America, Australia and all around the world. The greyhound industry is bad for Ireland's image and should not be promoted by our national tourism bodies. Ireland has so many wonderful tourist attractions - there is no need for Tourism Ireland or Failte Ireland to resort to using greyhound racing as a selling point.
Join us in appealing to Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland to consider the cruelty inherent in the greyhound industry and stop promoting greyhound racing.
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