A GROUP of leading UK animal welfare organisations alongside the governing body for dogs in the UK is extremely concerned by recent press reports that the Irish Greyhound Board is supposedly advising Chinese investors on the building and running of greyhound tracks in the People's Republic of China.
Of particular concern is the possible export of Irish greyhounds to China. The IGB has been asked to clarify its position but as yet, has not responded. The welfare needs of these animals are unlikely to be met in China, where no regulation exists to protect domestic animals.
This group includes Dogs Trust, The Blue Cross, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Wood Green Animal Shelters, RSPCA and the Kennel Club. Currently 75 per cent of Irish greyhounds race in the UK where their welfare can be monitored (to some extent), but this would be impossible in China.
The group strongly urges the IGB to reconsider its reported plans and asks it to think about how damaging this move could be for the welfare of Irish greyhounds.
CLARISSA BALDWIN CEO, Dogs Trust 17 Wakley Street EC1V 7RQ