Deplorable conditions for Irish greyhounds exported to Pakistan
12 July 2017
Video footage has emerged which confirms the deplorable conditions which Irish greyhounds are forced to endure when exported to Pakistan. In the disturbing video, greyhounds can be seen confined in dirty, underground cages.
Among the dogs who have ended up there are Irish greyhounds Shilos Blaze (previously owned by a greyhound breeder in County Kerry), Gurteen Time (previously used in hare coursing in County Cork), Tullig Light (last raced in Tralee in December 2008) and Coolree Boom (last raced in Youghal on 7th October 2013). A video on the Irish Greyhound Board website shows Coolree Boom finishing in last position in her final race in Ireland.
Shame on the greyhound owners and breeders who continue to export greyhounds to Pakistan, a country where horrendous animal cruelty occurs. Shame on the Irish Government for failing to act to stop the exports.
There are growing calls for a ban on exports to Pakistan. Highlighting the plight of Irish dogs who end up in the Asian country, animal protection group CAGED Nationwide has stated: "Irish greyhounds bred for the racing industry are being forced to travel thousands of miles to countries where there are no welfare laws. Around 80 per cent of dogs are sent to the UK from Ireland, but many are later transported to countries like Pakistan where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever to protect them from suffering and death."
According to Cork Dog Action Welfare Group, the Irish Greyhound Board held an international sale at Shelbourne Park last August where 117 greyhounds went on sale - "Buyers from around the world attended these sales, so once again some of our Irish greyhounds may end in countries such as China, Pakistan & Spain, all recognised for their cruel treatment of animals."
Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection has also condemned the exports, saying that a contact in Pakistan told her that it's "dreadful for the dogs there, it's always mega hot, there's no animal protection laws, no rehoming programs and not many vets and the ones that are out there are hours away." He told her he has seen greyhounds "starved to death at the end of their careers".
Make a special effort to attend the "End Greyhound Exports" protest on Tuesday 18th July, 11am to 4pm outside the Department of Agriculture, Kildare Street, Dublin https://www.facebook.com/events/246118319226189
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