Wild animals in circuses:
- Greyhounds are bred and used for the racing industry.
- Dogs who are not fast enough for racing, or who incur injuries during racing are no longer profitable to the industry.
- Thousands of greyhounds go missing each year.
- Many are euthanised or shot.
- There are no figures on the numbers of greyhounds that are ‘disposed of’ in this way.
- The IGB (Irish Greyhound Board/Bord na gCon), a semi-state body responsible for the control and development of greyhound racing in Ireland, does not record how many dogs ‘retire’ each year. Quote from Barry Coleman, Welfare Manager IGB: “I can’t go into the numbers. Those figures are not available”. (Source: The Irish Times, 30th March 2012).
- Video from an animal rescue in Cork showing severe injuries and starvation in greyhounds who have been ‘dumped’ by their owners.
- Greyhounds have a gentle, sensitive, affectionate and quiet disposition. They are laid-back ‘couch potatoes’ and make great family pets.
- Images of muzzled greyhounds at races give an inaccurate and false impression of these dogs. The muzzles are used to prevent potential bites or injuries – something which could result in financial loss to the owner (ie. a lost race).
Irish greyhound welfare groups:
- Greyhound Safe Ireland.
- Compassion for Irish Greyhounds.
- Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland.
- HUG – Homes for unwanted greyhounds.
- Horses are bred for racing and show jumping in Ireland.
- Injuries during a race are common and some are fatal.
- Horses deemed too slow for racing or who incur injuries during a race are no longer profitable to the industry.
- Many horses end up in slaughterhouses where they are used for meat.
- Horse racing – from Animal Aid.
- Irish Horse Welfare Trust
- Race Horse Deathwatch
- Zoos – from Animal Aid
- We need to abolish all zoos says zoo owner Damien Aspinall