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Greyhounds are deprived of care

As a lover of man's best friend, and especially greyhounds, I take issue with the opinions expressed in an article on the exclusion of the greyhound industry in the new Dog Breeding Bill ('Proposed Gormley Bill has industry on alert', Irish Independent, March 2).

According to this article, the greyhound industry is strictly governed by the 1958 Act, and should be precluded from any further regulation.

Throughout this country many greyhounds are kept in horrendous conditions, confined to sheds and barns, without light, heating, proper bedding and care.

Log on to any animal welfare site that rescues greyhounds and learn of the plight of the unfortunate dogs that come into care -- sores on their flesh from lying in concrete, malnourished and deprived of any love and affection.

Greyhound racing is a commercial business; the welfare of the animals is incidental.

John Daly
New Ross, Co Wexford

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