Wednesday 24 January 2018

Board prioritises greyhound care

John Daly expresses concern over the standard of care and welfare of Ireland's greyhound population (Letters, March 10).

The Irish Greyhound Board takes its responsibility in this area very seriously. In many areas we lead the world. All stud dogs and brood bitches are now DNA tested. Every mating and litter of greyhound pups is registered and all pups are earmarked. The greyhound industry spends in the region of €6m each year on registration, inspection of premises, welfare, research and finding homes for retired greyhounds.

Mr Daly is right to say Irish greyhound racing is a commercial business, one indeed that is an world leader. However, it is based first and foremost on the wellbeing of the dogs that are its heart and soul. The Irish Greyhound Board supports the principle behind the Dog Breeding (Establishments) Bill.

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