The Irish Greyhound Board announced on 30 June 2015 that a successful prosecution was brought against Paul Nolan under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 on 25 June 2015. Paul Nolan was ordered to pay a fine of €2,500, plus €1,500 costs, for failing to comply with a Welfare Notice given by the IGB in November 2014 on two counts: That provisions of food and water must be given to greyhounds on a daily basis, and that Paul Nolan could not keep greyhounds on his premises after 5 December 2014.
GRAI is pleased to see the breaches of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 taken seriously, and that a sufficient fine reflected the breaches.
GRAI would like to see that a successful prosecution will be brought against those involved in any Welfare, and Transport, Regulations breaches during the sale and export of the 11 greyhounds who died in October 2014 en route to Spain. Minister Simon Coveney stated in April 2015 that “investigations are ongoing”.
GRAI would like to see a co-operative, and serious, working relationship between the Irish and UK racing Boards on greyhound welfare issues.
The doping of greyhounds is a serious concern, and an on-going issue. GRAI is looking forward to recommendations expected from the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Review, launched in December 2014. The review is headed by Prof Tim Morris, an independent regulatory adviser to the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. GRAI will respond accordingly to any recommendations made from the Review.
In June 2015 an horrific discovery of a greyhound was made. The greyhound was dumped in the River Foyle, Derry. The greyhound had both ears cut off to hide its identity and registration details of the Owner or Trainer. This highlights another case of how greyhounds can be discarded when of no further use.
GRAI has serious concerns regarding any future employment within the Irish racing Industry of a Kennel Hand recently found guilty in Australia of being involved in using live animals for training greyhounds. In June 2015 Christopher Connolly was handed a life-time ban from working with greyhounds by Greyhound Racing Victoria. It is understood that Christopher Connolly had returned to Ireland before his disciplinary hearing in Australia.
GRAI held its fith Annual Walk for Greyhounds on 21 June 2015 at Phoenix Park Dublin. The attendance, for this promotion of Greyhounds as Pets in Ireland, was excellent. Greyhounds, lurchers, and other breeds, making a total of 85 dogs, joined the walk with their adopters. A clear reflection of how the public are growing increasingly concerned with the treatment and welfare of greyhounds, and becoming more aware of how greyhounds make wonderful pets. Figures for greyhounds adopted in Ireland just from Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds (HUG), nearly doubled in 2014 from 2013.
GRAI have created the hashtag #Grá4Greyhounds for social-media use as an ongoing area to show and highlight adopted greyhounds in all the loveable guises.