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Irish Greyhound Board give school kids 'goodybags' as they hope they become the future 'punters' at irelands tracks.

category national | animal rights | press release author Tuesday April 10, 2012 22:25author by Bernie Wright - Greyhound action Irelandauthor email bigbrownrat at gmail dot comauthor address PO Box 4734 D 1.author phone 0872651720 Report this post to the editors

School children to be introduced to gambling and animal abuse.

School children to be introduced to gambling and animal abuse.

Who would have thought the school curriculum in Ireland would be introducing children to Gambling and animal abuse?
The Irish Greyhound Board, the IGB, are now offering students and teachers tours of Greyhound stadia around the country. These same racing tracks allow children to bet their pocket money as no age limit applies to anyone placing bets. The IGB, synonymous with trying to export Greyhounds to China and with cruel treatment towards unwanted hounds are using school tours to indoctrinate children into gambling.
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We will be urging the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD to refuse to let the IGB feed children untruths and false information for their own aims. Surely the high incidence of both gambling addictions and animal abuse in Ireland should be a red flag to anyone concerned about children’s welfare.
We ask the Minister to stop the IGB seducing children with ‘goody bags’ in gambling establishments..
A well- known Greyhound Industry site ‘Greyhound nuts’ boast about children being the future punters.

They quote ‘Great idea, the kids are the future punters’.

The cap brigade that are on the site are hoping to use school children to keep their ailing industry alive.
We guess they will omit the fact that they [the IGB] are responsible for drugging, drowning, mutilating, burning with acid, strangling, abandoning and causing untold suffering to thousands of gentle greyhounds every year. 25,000 new dogs are born for racing every year. Very few dogs reach 2 or 3 years of age. A slow dog is a dead dog.
The number of Irish attending Gamblers Anonymous meeting in Ireland has spiraled in the past six months.
"Less than a year ago meetings around Dublin city had just five or six people – seven at most – but now some are catering for up to 30 people," a Gamblers Anonymous spokesperson told the Irish Examiner.
"Gambling is something that is seen as attractive and acceptable – like the horses or the dogs – but no one realizes how many people are in trouble with it."

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/sport/Gambling-addiction-hi...bLvoR

Bernie Wright
Press officer GAI. 0872651720

More details

• See also www.greyhoundaction.org

Related Link: http://www.igb.ie/upload/upload/SchoolTours.pdf
author by Frankelpublication date Fri Apr 13, 2012 18:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Surely if our Minister feels it was ok to permit fanatical Animal rights campaigners enter a school under his remit and shock students with their speeches and presentations on what they perceive as cruel actions , and then proceed to uploading a video of the same students on to the internet without parental consent of all students present he wont mind a few kids going on a field trip to see a greyhound stadium now will he?

The Minister was urged after the ARAN visit to schools to not permit external visits without parental consent , and most definately not to have their images up on the internet without the same consent, so his reply to your 'urgings' will be watched with great intent.

As if its not 'good for the goose for the gander' he will have a challenge on his hands.

author by Sheilapublication date Sun Apr 15, 2012 01:37author email sheilamahon22 at yahoo dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

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I have to laugh, then cry, at the stupidity when people repeat the hysterical phrase “fanatical Animal rights” activists. There is NOTHING fanatical about intelligent, evolved people showing compassion to all and trying to get youth to see the evil in the world in order not to repeat it. Calling AR activists terrorists and fanatics was invented by the government and perpetuated by the media to discredit those that threaten to take political or corporate power/profits from the status quo.

My dear frankel - "perceive as cruel actions" Perceived, REALLY? You obviously are lacking a conscious and a soul if you cannot recognize ACTUAL cruelty. "Among psychopaths the most readily observable trait is lack of sympathy and affection. Sight of pain and suffering does not move them." - Dorothy Thompson. Any INTELLIGENT and ADVANCED human being knows that ALL living beings suffer and have the RIGHT not to suffer. "The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."- Hippocrates. Because humans of your ilk think they are the center of the universe and the only ones deserving of any consideration you convince yourselves that non human animals have no rights. You don't have one heart for people and another for animals. Either you have a heart or you don't.
And you, my dear frankel, apparently do not have one.

“A thinking man feels compelled to approach all life with the same reverence as he has for his own. Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.” Albert Schweitzer

"Animals are every day perishing under the hands of barbarity, without notice, without mercy, famished as if hunger was no evil, mauled as if they had no sense of pain, and hurried about incessantly from day to day, as if excessive toil was no plague, or extreme weariness was no degree of suffering...the obligation to be kind and merciful to animals remains the same whether they souls or not (they do of course but we try to deny it). Their status as respects a future life does not annihilate suffering & pain. PAIN IS PAIN; it makes no difference whether in an animal or a man." E .D. Buckner, MD

"When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman."~Krutch, Joseph Wood
"Cruelty to animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendor, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.-William Jones

author by leftypublication date Sun Apr 15, 2012 07:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Nice one sheila. You go girl! thanks for the excellent quotes too! ;-)

author by Marta Falco Ainleypublication date Sun Apr 15, 2012 15:23author email author address author phone Report this post to the editors



The IGB are really stooping to new depths, and I hadn't thought they could stoop any lower!! To encourage children to gamble when addiction to gambling is growing everywhere and has become a worse problem in Ireland in the last 6 months, demonstrates the mentality of the IGB.

I will wait and watch with great interest to see what they do about the killed greyhounds found in Limerick in a mass grave recently. The IGB state that from the ear tattoos they have traced 2 owners. The IGB, like all the racing fraternity, love to talk about welfare but the truth is that these gentle dogs are expendable objects that are only of any interest if they win money.

I wouldn't allow any child of mine to go near a dog track. This industry is cruel, abusive and they would sell their own grandmother if they could get the right price. Do not forget that it was the IGB who were dead keen to put more cash in their grubby pockets by sending Irish greyhounds to China where they would not be able to be rescued but would be given lethal injection automatically when no longer making the grade. Australia supplies them with 40 greyhounds per month and those 40 greyhounds are kept in very sad conditions with the only way out being death.

Oh what a lovely industry to teach the Irish children about. Come on Irish people - say NO NO NO to this cynical, though typical, idea from the IGB.

author by Podgepublication date Mon Apr 16, 2012 09:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Very well put Sheila.

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