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Highest standards in care of our dogs

Greyhounds badly treated

Madam -- Re Fiona O'Connell's article (Sunday Independent, May 27, 2012) about the Irish Greyhound Board and our world-leading industry of which we are so proud.

Greyhound welfare and regulation, which has an annual budget of €2m, is a hugely important element of how we conduct our work and without which we do not have a business.

The recently passed Welfare of Greyhounds Act further reinforces Ireland as the world leader with the most stringent guidelines and laws governing greyhounds.

Our close relationship with the gardai will prove to any doubters how serious we are and we will leave no stone unturned in pursuing any perpetrators who transgress the greyhound welfare law.

Our recent alliance and new working relationship with the Irish Kennel Club further enhances our efforts to promote retired greyhounds as pets along with our growing and substantial re-homing programme throughout Ireland, UK and across Europe.

We are justifiably proud of our industry which is a world leader in breeding and racing with our content being exported all over the world, raising revenues for the State and providing badly needed sustainable employment.

The vast majority of active Irish greyhound owners (over 16,000) are passionate about how they care for their dogs and be assured that our hard-working board, management and staff will steadfastly uphold and maintain the highest standards of duty and care.

Furthermore recent reporting would indicate that different standards are applied to the greyhound industry which reinforces our view that some people do want to give a traditional and a very significant economic contributor like the greyhound industry its due status like other similar entities.

Adrian Neilan,

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Chief Executive Officer,

Irish Greyhound Board

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