Update! As of 8pm May 12th, the 24 Irish greyhounds will not be flying to Macau! Due to public pressure and social media coverage, the greyhounds intended to fly to Macau tonight have been turned away. Their current location is unknown but we will update when we have further details.
Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland is alarmed and disappointed by news that 24 more greyhounds have recently left Ireland, destined for the Yat Yuen Canidrome racetrack in Macau. Read more
ALARMING NEWS of recent concerns for the welfare of Irish greyhounds include three young Irish greyhounds exported to China – to race at the Macau Canidrome greyhound track, the only legal greyhound track in China. Read more
DISCIPLINARY HEARING results from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain in March 2016 show details of the continued use of the prohibited substance, Stanozolol, in Irish greyhounds. Professor Tim Morris – independent advisor to the GBGB Regulatory Board, who, in 2014, led the Irish Greyhound Board review of anti-doping and medication procedures – gave evidence that stanozolol is “a Class C Controlled drug which is not available as a veterinary medicine in the UK or Ireland the importation of which into the EU would, in his opinion, not be permitted. Stanozolol is a frequently abused anabolic steroid which affects dogs in terms of building muscle. It has many serious side effects and studies suggest that its effect can be long lasting. It is by its nature a substance that could affect the performance of a greyhound or could prejudice its well-being.”Read more
GREYHOUND RESCUE Association of Ireland is pleased to see recent Disqualification/Exclusion Orders imposed and published by the Irish Greyhound Board – we see the Orders as a forward step for greyhound welfare. Read more
GREYHOUND RESCUE Association of Ireland welcomes the recommendations for welfare enhancement in the Final Report from the Joint Committee, released January 2016. The Report follows their meeting held on 20 November 2015 with the Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – who has responsibility for the greyhound industry – Tom Hayes, Bord na gCon, and greyhound owners/breeders. Read more
GREYHOUND FRIENDS Inc. hosted their annual International Update, on 8 to 12 October 2015, with speakers: Richard King of Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland; Norma Fogerty of Limerick Animal Welfare; Silvia Barrozo of Proyecto Galgo Argentina; Anna Clements of SOS Galgos(Barcelona); and Louise Coleman, Founder of Greyhound Friends Inc. Massachusetts. Read more
ADVERSE ANALYTICAL test results of prohibited substances given from greyhounds will be published from 1 October 2015 – the Irish Greyhound Board announce. Any greyhound giving such results will see the greyhound being banned until the results of further testing give a negative result. Read more
THE IRISH Greyhound Board state they recognise the importance of the highest standards of integrity, and transparency – in their Phase 2 Consultation on Proposed Regulatory Reform.
There are continued breaches of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011, and GRAI is disappointed at the lacklustre willingness from authorities to address such breaches, and uphold integrity and transparency – especially after the 2014 report by Indecon, on the serious failures of the IGB. Read more
AT LEAST one greyhound entered in the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby 2015 was bred unlawfully. Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland is aware of at least two greyhound mothers who have been overbred, breaching the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 – Article 11 restriction on breeding. Under Article 11 of the Act a greyhound can have a maximum of eight litters – six litters with a further two litters authorised if certified by a veterinary practitioner where the further two litters will not pose a risk to the health or welfare of the greyhound. The Irish Coursing Club, keepers of the Stud Book, are not permitted to enter more than eight litters from a greyhound mother into the Irish Greyhound Stud Book. Read more
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. Read more