Upcoming Events

International | Crime and Justice

no events match your query!

New Events

International

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link New Lockdown Rejected by England Mayor S... Thu Oct 01, 2020 16:40 | Paul Sims

offsite link Turkey’s Syrian Mercenaries in Azerbai... Thu Oct 01, 2020 15:50 | Lindsey Snell

offsite link Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Allian... Thu Oct 01, 2020 15:15 | Anshel Pfeffer

offsite link France and Turkey at Odds as Armenia-Aze... Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:50 | Nvard Hovhannisyan

offsite link More Than 200 E-4s Endorse ‘Whoever Ge... Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:00 | Paul J. OLeary

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Understanding the Concepts of Imamat and Wilayat in Shi?a Islam: Iranian Revolution and Constitution... Thu Oct 01, 2020 19:34 | amarynth
by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, ?In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Who is qualified to be in the position of governing and

offsite link What?s at stake in the Armenia-Azerbaijan chessboard Thu Oct 01, 2020 19:13 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times Few geopolitical hot spots across the planet may rival the Caucasus: that intractable, tribal Tower of Babel, throughout

offsite link If the Burevestnik Cruise Missile Is a Joke, Then Why Are Anglo-Saxons Worrying? (Ruslan Ostashko) Thu Oct 01, 2020 00:13 | Leo V.
Translated by Sasha and subtitled by Leo. The phrase ?filmed at Mosfilm? has become a meme after the Euro-Ukies and the Russian ‘creatives’ squealed for a long time in unison

offsite link Russian options in the Karabakh conflict Wed Sep 30, 2020 23:41 | The Saker
With the eyes of most people locked on the debate between Trump and Biden, the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) has received relatively little attention in the

offsite link Azerbaijan Claims Destruction Of Armenian S-300 System. Number Of Reported War Casualties Reaches Th... Wed Sep 30, 2020 22:54 | amarynth
South Front On September 30, the Azerbaijani-Armenian war entered its third day with another increase in casualties and victorious communiques from both sides. In the morning, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Sarah McInerney and political impartiality

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Trainers convicted of “blooding” greyhounds on live rabbits still have full access to greyhounds and other animals...

category international | crime and justice | opinion/analysis author Thursday April 13, 2017 18:34author by Campaign to end cruelty to greyhounds and hares in Ireland Report this post to the editors

A blot on Ireland's shamed greyhound industry...

With the Greyhound Industry Bill due before the Oireachtas in the coming weeks, legislators need to be lobbied to ensure that any greyhound owner or trainer convicted of “blooding” greyhounds be banned FOR LIFE from access to, or ownership of, animals of any kind.

"sport"?
"sport"?

Prominent greyhound trainers convicted of “blooding” are still heavily involved in the industry.

An example: In 1994, Owen McKenna was one of a number of trainers secretly filmed feeding live rabbits to greyhounds at a track in County Tipperary. He and the others were caught red-handed by an undercover journalist using a hidden camera (Donal MacIntyre) and the footage featured in a programme about aspects of Ireland’s greyhound industry titled On the Line.

Please see below a link to the relevant excerpt from the programme. In addition to the actual “blooding”, cages full of rabbits being carried about on the track were filmed.

Mr. McKenna and others were later convicted of “blooding” the dogs and fined. Mr. McKenna is a son of the legendary Ger McKenna, an icon to track racing and hare coursing fans. In the programme featuring the “blooding” footage, the late Ger McKenna is seen warning off a journalist who seeks to get answers regarding his son’s activity.

Despite repeated assurances from the Irish Greyhound Board (Bord na gCon) that it abhors “blooding” and will not stand for it within the industry, people convicted of it are free to continue owning and or training greyhounds.

See below information from the Irish Greyhound Board website, clearly showing the extent of Owen McKenna’s continued involvement in the industry, despite his “blooding” conviction, and information from the “Greyhound Knowledge Forum” website showing that in 2013 Mr. McKenna acted as PRO for a committee dedicated to the promotion of greyhound racing in Ireland.

This is totally unacceptable and sends the wrong signal to people tempted to enhance a greyhound’s performance by using live bait to train it. TDs and Senators should press for a zero tolerance approach to “blooding” when they progress to considering the next stage of the Greyhound Industry Bill. Anything less than complete exclusion from the industry of people who engage in this detestable practice will be unacceptable to the many groups and individuals committed to the welfare of animals in Ireland.

Currently, the greyhound industry is in turmoil, with a bitter stand-off between the Greyhound Board and groups representing owners and trainers. Both sides in the dispute ought to be agreed that “blooding” needs to be stamped out and that all involved in it banished forever from the industry.

Here is the relevant info re Owen McKenna’s involvement in the Irish greyhound industry and his “blooding” activity:

1) Excerpt from programme called On the Line screened in 1994 in which Owen McKenna was filmed with other trainers feeding live rabbits to greyhounds at a County Tipperary track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q33yiORJfXs

2)

Information from IGB website re Owen McKenna:

Owen McKenna

Public / Private:
Public

Trainer / Agent:
Trainer

Last Recorded Race or Trial:
09-Apr-17 (Clonmel)

Address:
Co. Tipperary

Recorded 2017 Race Entries:
68

Recorded 2017 Winners:
15

Recorded Race Entries :
5414

Recorded Winners :
1622

Recorded Finishes :
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

1622
1092
915
724
609
452

Showing dogs 1 to 15 of the 27 recently raced greyhounds currently trained by Owen McKenna

Allen Challenger

Allen Junior

Allen Lynx

Allen Tank

Ballymac Tomasso

Business Master

Escapism

Gormans Mixture

Farloe Joey

Garfiney Bolt

Dumas

Farloe Falcon

Create A Star

Cahir Castle

Leamaneigh Mags

3)

Information on Greyhound Knowledge Forum (website) re Owen McKenna’s high profile role in promoting greyhound racing:

NEW TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION

30/09/2013

The new Trainers’ Association is trying to contact all members as soon as possible and have submitted the following letter which is addressed to all owners.

Issued by Association Chairman Paul Hennessy, it reads:

Dear Trainer,

A new Irish Greyhound Trainers’ Association was recently formed and a Committee was appointed. The members of this Committee for the first year are:

Chairman: Paul Hennessy; Vice-Chairman: Graham Holland; Secretary: Tommy Bolton; Treasurer: Tom O’Neill; PRO: Owen McKenna.

The aim of the Irish Greyhound Trainers’ Association will be to improve the lot of every greyhound trainer and to promote the industry in every way possible. It is the intention of the Association to represent ALL greyhound trainers.

The Association intends to work in tandem with the Irish Greyhound Board in an effort to achieve this end. The Association hopes to improve communications between both organisations and to convey the hopes and concerns of its members to the Irish Greyhound Board.

Related Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q33yiORJfXs

Objecting to a vile "industry"...
Objecting to a vile "industry"...

author by Ciara Rochepublication date Fri Apr 14, 2017 17:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Greyhound industry is so inherently cruel that no amount of reform can turn it into an ethical industry that does not cause immeasurable suffering to dogs.

That's bad enough. What's even worse is that our government supports this declining Bloodsport through our tax money.

Time for this to stop, we need more public outrage which will be created by more awareness creation and agitation by activists.

If you care about the dogs, join AFAR or NARA Campaigns on one of their peaceful and pleasant demonstrations in front of Shelbourne Park.

author by Save dogs AND hares from vile cruelty!publication date Sun Apr 16, 2017 17:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Anyone remotely interested in protecting animals must oppose the misuse of dogs and hares in this chamber of horrors that calls itself an "industry"...Right now, there's a civil war raging within the "industry" so let's avail of this opportunity to strike a blow for the animals! Support NARA, ICABS and other groups. Protest dates listed on facebook pages...

Protest against hare coursing
Protest against hare coursing

Hare coursing "sport"...
Hare coursing "sport"...

Greyhound "industry"...
Greyhound "industry"...

 
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy