Letter to the Editor: All owners should not be hounded on minority

Letter to the Editor: All owners should not be hounded on minority

I was very disappointed with the biased documentary recently shown by RTÉ depicting the Irish greyhound industry.

Is it good journalism to use videos which date back as far as 2007, two others 2012 and 2014? How is that relevant? How is this “good investigative journalism”?

These videos were clearly used for their sensationalist value. Some did not even contain greyhounds but other varieties of dogs subjected to extreme cruelty.

Some incorrect information was given stating the taxpayer contributes €16m to the greyhound industry.

That money comes from income generated from betting levies which would not be there if the industry did not exist.

Why were the IGB not given theright of reply through a live show where they could be guaranteed no editing? Is that fair and objective journalism?

The slant in the documentary is that drug use in the greyhound industry is a serious issue. However, of over 5,000 samples analysed in 2018, just 22 resulted in adverse findings (.41%). So it is clear that drug use is not endemic in the greyhound industry as the documentary would have you believe.

The IGB has shown its commitment to continue to tackle drug use having spent a considerable amount of money in recent times {€400,000) on equipment for drug testing.

Also, the only recently passed Greyhound Bill 2019 clearly indicates the IGB commitment to improved welfare, strengthened regulatory control and improved integrity. (About 500 unannounced welfare inspections were carried out last year.)

Nobody will deny that there are greyhounds being culled, however the figures mentioned are not accurate as they do not include many greyhounds which are retired and living with their owners and others which have been sold abroad.

All greyhound owners were painted with the same brush.

Many genuine greyhound owners have been left devastated, hurt and saddened by how they are now perceived by the public who have been duped by a documentary which was far from being fair, balanced or objective.

As in every walk of life, there are people who do wrong.

Would you have cycling banned for the actions of those few taking drugs? Would you ban the Catholic Church because of the terrible actions of a minority? No!

We work together to come up with solutions to make things better. That is what the industry is trying to do if given a chance.

- Mike Lawlor

Ballymcquinn

Ardfert

Co Kerry

More on this topic

From Gallarus to Slane: Dáithí Ó SéFrom Gallarus to Slane: Dáithí Ó Sé

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces ‘seize tanker accused of smuggling oil’Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces ‘seize tanker accused of smuggling oil’

Teenage drill rapper Unknown T appears in court charged with murderTeenage drill rapper Unknown T appears in court charged with murder

As she lands a big new campaign, here’s why Kendall Jenner is a denim iconAs she lands a big new campaign, here’s why Kendall Jenner is a denim icon

More in this Section

Plans for new look HSE sound oldPlans for new look HSE sound old

The flowering of EU democracy? HardlyThe flowering of EU democracy? Hardly

Food insecurity shows the fork is mightier than the wallFood insecurity shows the fork is mightier than the wall

Lone mothers carry their children and a stigma imposed by the StateLone mothers carry their children and a stigma imposed by the State


Lifestyle

Whether it’s wearing acid-washed jeans or booty shorts, the model is a denim chameleon.As she lands a big new campaign, here’s why Kendall Jenner is a denim icon

Don’t want to just chuck away all that clutter? Gabrielle Fagan reveals simple ways to get it out of sight.Seek and hide: 6 storage solutions to keep you and your rooms cool and calm this summer

From playsuits to parkas, here’s what to pack, whatever the weather. By Katie Wright.The beginner’s guide to festival fashion

Hate delegating, constantly check emails and scared to take holiday? Being too tied to work could be damaging your wellbeing.Has worrying about work taken over your life? 6 signs that you might have work separation anxiety

More From The Irish Examiner