- 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.
- 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).
- Greyhound Racing (from NARA website)
- RTE Investigates – Greyhounds running for their lives
- Video from an animal rescue in Cork showing severe injuries and starvation in greyhounds who have been ‘dumped’ by their owners.
- Irish greyhound welfare groups:
- 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.
- More links:
- Zoos – from Animal Aid
- We need to abolish all zoos says zoo owner Damien Aspinall
- Dublin zookeeper speaks out
Wild animals in circuses:
- Circuses – at Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS)