By Eimer McAuley
Over 10,000 people have signed a petition urging all Ireland champions Corofin GAA to cancel a greyhound racing fundraiser.
The fundraiser, scheduled for the end of March at the Galway greyhound stadium, has faced outrage on Change.Org on the grounds of animal cruelty.
The online petition calls on Corofin GAA to cancel their ‘Night at the Dogs’ event due to: “The suffering and death at Galway stadium which has been brought to the attention of club management”.
The Irish Council against Blood Sports (ICABS), who started the petition, claim that, “Fundraisers at tracks are helping to keep cruel greyhound racing afloat – tracks take a 30% – 40% commission on ticket sales and profit from food/drink/gambling on the night.”
“No sports club should support this nasty dog killing activity. As revealed in the RTE Investigates: Greyhounds running for their lives” documentary, 6,000 dogs are killed every year simply because they are not fast enough to win races”, ICABS stated.
The petition claims that between January and September 2019 there were 25 greyhound injuries, and 8 deaths.
Shelley Williams, a supporter of the petition commented, “what will it take for this abuse to stop. It Is about the money. Money over everything even lives. How sad! Stop abusing and killing these dogs!”
The Corofin GAA club fundraiser, which will fund the training of their Senior Football team’s All Ireland Final in Croke Park, is due to go ahead on March 28th.