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Subject: Irish Greyhounds to Spain
I kindly ask Minister Simon Coveney and Adrian Neilan, IGB Chair, to intervene urgently to stop the transport of Irish Greyhounds to Spain this month and finally put an end to Greyhound exports to Spain, a country widely condemned for the abuse of sighthounds.
Update #1 November 4, 2013
Thank you for signing the No Irish Greyhounds to Spain petition. You can follow the campaign on the No Irish greyhounds to Spain facebook page. Please also leave a comment on the Irish Greyhound Board's facebook page expressing your concern. You will have to hijack another post to do that as posts by 'others' do not appear on their page! The dogs are scheduled to leave Ireland for Spain on November 19th. Time is running out for these graceful, loyal hounds. They are depending on you!
About this Petition
The Spanish were at the Greyhound Sales in Thurles, Ireland on October 26th, with talk of new racetracks being opened in Spain soon, buying approximately 20 greyhounds. These greyhounds are currently in kennels in Ireland waiting to be transported to Spain mid November. Greyhounds in Spain are generally treated callously, used and abused and then disposed of in the most horrendous ways, often by hanging from a tree with their feet just touching the ground so they 'dance' to live until they no longer have the strength. Spanish rescue groups are already unable to cope with the vast numbers of abandoned sighthounds and clearly will not be able to help these racing greyhounds once they have outlived their usefulness. We are calling on the Irish Greyhound Board and the Irish Department of Agriculture, specifically Minister Simon Coveney, to stop these greyhounds being exported to Spain. We are also calling on rescue groups and those within the racing industry who are opposed to the exportation of these greyhounds to Spain to boycott those who are profiting from this situation be they breeders, trainers, transporters or vets.
To Minister Simon Coveney (Irish Department of Agriculture) and Barry Coleman (Irish Greyhound Board):
We the undersigned kindly request that you take prompt and decisive action to stop the exportation of the Irish Greyhounds, purchased at Thurles recently, currently in kennels in ireland waiting to be exported to Spain, a country with an appalling record of abuse towards sighthounds. Furthermore, we ask that you act to prevent any future export of irish greyhounds to Spain.
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