Barry's Tea urged to stop sponsoring greyhound racing
24 May 2017
Barry's Tea is being urged to show compassion and end its sponsorship of the cruel greyhound industry. The Irish Greyhound Board website reveals the tea company sponsors the "€5,000 Barry’s Tea Open 750 at Curraheen Park".
Barry's Tea has also sponsored the "Barry's Tea Open 750" race in previous years, including 2016, 2015 and 2014.
It is disappointing and surprising that Barry's Tea would choose to associate with this activity. The greyhound industry is inherently cruel with dog injuries, deaths, mutilations and abandonment. Every year, thousands go missing, believed to be destroyed when deemed not quick enough to win races.
Some of the industry's horrors were highlighted on RTE's Prime Time in March - Limerick Animal Welfare's Marion Fitzgibbon told viewers: "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 fresh outrage this month at the treatment of dogs. This has been prompted by a former chairman of the Irish greyhound board admitting on Cork's 96 FM that he believes it is "absolutely" okay for thousands of dogs to be killed and the current chairman referring to greyhounds as "raw material" at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee.
Urge Barry's Tea to permanently end its sponsorship of greyhound racing.
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