Monday April 11, 2011
Urgent Call for Action: Irish Greyhounds need Your Help to prevent exportation to China
Dear DSPCA Supporter,
In recent weeks it has become knowledge that Bord na gCon (The Irish Greyhound Board) have had a number of meetings and visits with Chinese officials as part of an initiative to develop a Greyhound Industry in China. For any such initiative, Bord na gCon must have approval from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to proceed. A formal proposal has now been provided to the Department by Bord na gCon.
We are calling on all our supporters and indeed all animal lovers to write to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Simon Coveney TD and their local TDs to highlight concern that this initiative by Bord na gCon is misguided and we believe detrimental in achieving a welfare based regulated and safe environment for greyhounds both in Ireland and elsewhere in the world. We are deeply concerned that this venture is being pursued with no consideration for the welfare of greyhounds. The future of Irish greyhounds in China would at best be short lived and at worst dire and unthinkable.
The idea of sending greyhounds to China stands in stark contrast to the letter and spirit of the recently drafted Welfare of Greyhounds Bill 2010, which was finalised by the Department of Agriculture following extensive consultation with the greyhound industry and the welfare community.
Below is a letter template hat you can use, but we would ask that you personalize the letter for more impact.
Letters to Minister Coveney should be addressed to:
Minister Simon Coveney TD,
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
A full list of TDs by constituency is available here.
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We would ask that you personalise this letter for more impact.
(Name and Address of TD)
Re: Irish Greyhound Board involvement with Greyhound Racing in China
Dear (Name of TD),
As my elected representative, I am writing to you to express my concern regarding the Irish Greyhound Board's suggested interest in sending Irish greyhounds to the People's Republic of China to establish a greyhound industry. I understand that a number of meetings and visits have already taken place. It is my understanding that for any such initiative, Bord na gCon must have approval from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to proceed with this venture.
It is clear that this initiative is being pursued with no consideration for the welfare of greyhounds. If Irish greyhounds were exported to China I would be worried that their welfare would be severely compromised.
The whole idea of sending greyhounds to China is in stark contrast to the spirit of the recently drafted Welfare of Greyhounds Bill which was finalised last year by the Department of Agriculture. This Bill was established following extensive consultation with the greyhound industry and the welfare community.
As an animal lover I believe that this initiative is fundamentally flawed and that the Irish Greyhound Board and the Department of Agriculture need to think about how damaging this move could be for the welfare of Irish greyhounds.
I am asking that you write to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Simon Coveney TD to ask him to intervene in this matter to prevent this initiative from being progressed to protect the welfare of greyhounds.