A bird's eye view of the vineyard
President Putin?s Speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Council Meeting Sun Jun 16, 2019 00:01 | Scott
June 14, 2019 http://en.kremlin.ru/events... President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President of Kyrgyzstan, colleagues, I certainly agree with the positive assessments of the activities of our organisation, the SCO, which have just been voiced here. The SCO is indeed
Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/06/15 ? Open Thread Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/06/15 09:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
?Nuclear Armageddon? and Geopolitical Simulacrum Sat Jun 15, 2019 08:00 | The Saker
by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog As I have now come to expect, some of the comments posted beneath my last article (and if to be honest, beneath any
The Poles are braver than the Russians! The President of Poland Sat Jun 15, 2019 04:15 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko Translation and subtitles by Eugenia
The curious case of the tankers Fri Jun 14, 2019 16:49 | The Saker
by Nat South for The Saker Blog I have taken the opportunity to look at the recent incident involving two outbound tankers in the Gulf of Oman. I have got
The Saker >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Strange intergalactic journey? 13:42 Sat Jun 15, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
Class music? 12:10 Sat Jun 15, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
Forty years of Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division 11:30 Sat Jun 15, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? Nomeansno 07:06 Sat Jun 15, 2019 | irishelectionliterature
Hilarious 12:16 Fri Jun 14, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
Trainers convicted of “blooding” greyhounds on live rabbits still have full access to greyhounds and other animals...
crime and justice |
Thursday April 13, 2017 18:34 by Campaign to end cruelty to greyhounds and hares in Ireland
A blot on Ireland's shamed greyhound industry...
With the Greyhound Industry Bill due before the Oireachtas in the coming weeks, legislators need to be lobbied to ensure that any greyhound owner or trainer convicted of “blooding” greyhounds be banned FOR LIFE from access to, or ownership of, animals of any kind.
Prominent greyhound trainers convicted of “blooding” are still heavily involved in the industry.
An example: In 1994, Owen McKenna was one of a number of trainers secretly filmed feeding live rabbits to greyhounds at a track in County Tipperary. He and the others were caught red-handed by an undercover journalist using a hidden camera (Donal MacIntyre) and the footage featured in a programme about aspects of Ireland’s greyhound industry titled On the Line.
Please see below a link to the relevant excerpt from the programme. In addition to the actual “blooding”, cages full of rabbits being carried about on the track were filmed.
Mr. McKenna and others were later convicted of “blooding” the dogs and fined. Mr. McKenna is a son of the legendary Ger McKenna, an icon to track racing and hare coursing fans. In the programme featuring the “blooding” footage, the late Ger McKenna is seen warning off a journalist who seeks to get answers regarding his son’s activity.
Despite repeated assurances from the Irish Greyhound Board (Bord na gCon) that it abhors “blooding” and will not stand for it within the industry, people convicted of it are free to continue owning and or training greyhounds.
See below information from the Irish Greyhound Board website, clearly showing the extent of Owen McKenna’s continued involvement in the industry, despite his “blooding” conviction, and information from the “Greyhound Knowledge Forum” website showing that in 2013 Mr. McKenna acted as PRO for a committee dedicated to the promotion of greyhound racing in Ireland.
This is totally unacceptable and sends the wrong signal to people tempted to enhance a greyhound’s performance by using live bait to train it. TDs and Senators should press for a zero tolerance approach to “blooding” when they progress to considering the next stage of the Greyhound Industry Bill. Anything less than complete exclusion from the industry of people who engage in this detestable practice will be unacceptable to the many groups and individuals committed to the welfare of animals in Ireland.
Currently, the greyhound industry is in turmoil, with a bitter stand-off between the Greyhound Board and groups representing owners and trainers. Both sides in the dispute ought to be agreed that “blooding” needs to be stamped out and that all involved in it banished forever from the industry.
Here is the relevant info re Owen McKenna’s involvement in the Irish greyhound industry and his “blooding” activity:
1) Excerpt from programme called On the Line screened in 1994 in which Owen McKenna was filmed with other trainers feeding live rabbits to greyhounds at a County Tipperary track:
Information from IGB website re Owen McKenna:
Public / Private:
Trainer / Agent:
Last Recorded Race or Trial:
Recorded 2017 Race Entries:
Recorded 2017 Winners:
Recorded Race Entries :
Recorded Winners :
Recorded Finishes :
Showing dogs 1 to 15 of the 27 recently raced greyhounds currently trained by Owen McKenna
Create A Star
Information on Greyhound Knowledge Forum (website) re Owen McKenna’s high profile role in promoting greyhound racing:
NEW TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION
The new Trainers’ Association is trying to contact all members as soon as possible and have submitted the following letter which is addressed to all owners.
Issued by Association Chairman Paul Hennessy, it reads:
A new Irish Greyhound Trainers’ Association was recently formed and a Committee was appointed. The members of this Committee for the first year are:
Chairman: Paul Hennessy; Vice-Chairman: Graham Holland; Secretary: Tommy Bolton; Treasurer: Tom O’Neill; PRO: Owen McKenna.
The aim of the Irish Greyhound Trainers’ Association will be to improve the lot of every greyhound trainer and to promote the industry in every way possible. It is the intention of the Association to represent ALL greyhound trainers.
The Association intends to work in tandem with the Irish Greyhound Board in an effort to achieve this end. The Association hopes to improve communications between both organisations and to convey the hopes and concerns of its members to the Irish Greyhound Board.
Objecting to a vile "industry"...