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Mid Ireland Tourism promoting greyhound racing and hunting
31 May 2017

Mid Ireland Tourism is being urged to stop promoting greyhound racing and hunting as tourist activities.

On its website, Mid Ireland Tourism is recommending a trip to a greyhound track as "a night out that has everything" and includes a photograph of greyhound racing on the front of its "special offers" discount card.

The greyhound industry is inherently cruel with dog injuries, deaths, mutilations and abandonment. 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."

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Mid Ireland Tourism is also suggesting that visitors engage in hunting while on holidays. In its Visitor Guide 2017, a listing for Birr Equestrian Centre states "hunting arranged", while a guest house in Birr is described as being "ideally located for...hunting".

ICABS has told the tourism body that in hunting, animals such as foxes and hares are chased to exhaustion and ripped apart when caught. "This cruelty tarnishes the image of Ireland and is not an activity Mid Ireland Tourism should be suggesting as a tourist activity," we stated.


Urge Mid Ireland Tourism to show compassion and stop promoting hunting and greyhound racing.

Mid Ireland Tourism
Birr Technology Centre
Brendan Street
Birr, Co. Offaly
Tel: +353 (0)57 912 0923
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