Ireland Greyhound races

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Ireland - Four-legged speedsters
A new life for the discarded racing dogs
Photos: Alessio Perboni
There is a tradition in Ireland that has been attracting the curious and bettors for almost a century: greyhound races. Introduced around 1920, they are an evolution of coursing - historically practiced by the nobility - which became a working class sport in the late 19th century.

The betting world is the driving force behind the breeding and export of Greyhound, fields where Ireland is a world leader. According to the GRAI (Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland), almost 18,000 greyhound puppies were born in 2012 alone and over 10,000 of them disappeared without a trace. When the animal - considered as livestock, not a pet - is not fit for running or is too old, it becomes a useless burden.

To save Greyhound unfit for racing, numerous associations have recently been born in several countries. Thanks to the precious support of some Irish people who persuade the owners not to have the dogs killed (and to be sent to rescue cent instead), these associations manage to find them adoptive families. A world, managed mainly by women,striving to give a chance to animals that spend their lives between cages and stadiums, sometimes doped and drugged into giving their best.
Ireland Greyhound races
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