Barry’s Tea has announced that it will no longer sponsor an annual greyhound race at Curraheen Park worth €5,000 after concerns were raised about widespread culling in the industry.
The company said it was “saddened and horrified” at revelations highlighted in a recent RTÉ Investigates programme, which raised concerns over the treatment of dogs.
The RTÉ programme claimed that the greyhound industry is breeding 1,000% more puppies than it needs, leading to a cull of thousands of greyhounds every year.
In previous years, Barry’s Tea had sponsored the annual “€5,000 Barry’s Tea Open 750” at Curraheen Park.
However, in a statement on Twitter released on Tuesday evening, Barry’s Tea said:
“We were saddened and horrified by the recent revelations of the RTÉ Investigates programme, which raised concerns over the treatment of dogs within the greyhound industry in Ireland.
“On reflection, we have decided to withdraw our local sponsorship of the annual race in Curraheen Park, Cork.”
The greyhound racing industry has been in hot water since the RTÉ programme aired last week Following the programme, the Irish Greyhound Board approved a number of measures aimed at ensuring thousands of greyhounds are not euthanised illegally.
The measures include plans to increase the number of inspections; make it illegal for anyone but a vet to put down a dog; introduce a greyhound injury support scheme and provide incentives for rehoming greyhounds.