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Vets the winners in dog breeding bill

I WAS very interested to read the letter (July 6) from Des Groome, a vet in Kildare, whose profession has a vested interest in what Environment Minister John Gormley wished to impose on greyhound-owners.

Of course it would have suited vets to have had this legislation imposed in full as there is nothing they like better than to get well paid for a visit in which they don’t have to dirty their hands.

Only someone with a lack of understanding of today’s greyhound market in Britain would make such a silly statement as to say there is a lucrative trade for Irish greyhounds there despite falling attendances and track closures over the past five years.

Mr Groome, however, is very honest in saying he and many of his colleagues would like to have seen the bill passed in its entirety as this would have meant compulsory microchipping for greyhounds. Who would do the microchip implants? Yes, you’ve guessed it — Mr Groome and his colleagues, and a nice little earner it would be too.

I think he should do some research before making any statements in future on the state of Ireland’s greyhound industry and refrain from the kind of wild accusations usually associated with those who carry animal rights agendas.

John Scully




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