Limerick vet speaks at US conference on greyhound welfare

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Limerick vet speaks at US conference on greyhound welfare
A VETERINARY nurse from Limerick Animal Welfare was one of the keynote speakers at a major international conference on greyhound welfare.

A VETERINARY nurse from Limerick Animal Welfare was one of the keynote speakers at a major international conference on greyhound welfare.

Norma Fogarty, Kilfinane was in the Massachusetts town of Hopkingon for the 7th annual International Greyhound Update.

The event was hosted and organised by Greyhound Friends, alongside the American-European Greyhound alliance.

Ms Fogarty reported on greyhound issues and concerns in Ireland.

She discussed the overbreeding of greyhounds in Ireland and the lack of homes for greyhounds here.

She warned that Irish greyhounds who are adopted are sent to Italy or other countries in Europe and added that greyhounds in Ireland are still predominately seen as agricultural animals.

One of the main goals of the greyhound welfare and adoption advocates in Ireland is to educate the public about its attributes as a companion and pet.

Greyhound advocates from America, Britain, Canada and continental Europe are working together to improve conditions for greyhounds - including the Irish 
dogs.