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Greyhound protests march on

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 5:04pm

A peaceful protest calling for an end to the mistreatment of greynounds in Ireland will take place in the city this weekend. 

The march, which is organised by Greyhound Awareness Cork, aims to put further pressure on the Government to put an end to greyhound racing in Ireland.

The Irish greyhound industry has been the subject of much controversy in recent weeks following the broadcasting of the 'RTÉ Prime Time Investigates' special ‘Greyhounds; Running for their Lives’.

The programme revealed a number of shocking truths within the industry and has garnered much support for animal welfare groups nationwide.

“We need to keep these sentient and beautiful animals front and centre and to stop the abuse and the deaths that everyone now knows is widespread within the industry,” a post on the group’s Facebook page wrote.

In the wake of the broadcast, a number of businesses in Cork have cancelled sponsorship deals with the sport including Barry’s Tea and Hyde Irish Whiskey.

On 5 July Cork-based GE Healthcare confirmed that it had cancelled a planned social outing to Curraheen greyhound track.

The Green Party is now urging all companies in Ireland that have pulled sponsorship from greyhound racing to invest that money in community organisations and local animal welfare charities.

"It's sadly too late for the likes of Barry's Tea to do anything to help the poor animals who died, but it's not too late for them to help animals currently in need,” said Green Party Cllr Colette Finn.

“Local animal charities like the CSPCA do fantastic work, but funding equivalent to what sponsorship of Curraheen must have cost would be life changing for the volunteers and, most importantly, the animals,” she added. The march takes place this Saturday on the Grand Parade from 3-5pm.

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