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The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Is It Time To Stop Using Animals For Sport?

With the Grand National about to get underway at Aintree, our Monday debate looks at the safety of h...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:33 PM - 1 Apr 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Is It Time To Stop Using Animals For Sport?

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:33 PM - 1 Apr 2019

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With the Grand National about to get underway at Aintree, our Monday debate looks at the safety of horse racing, greyhound racing and other sports which use animals for entertainment.

It's been revealed that 779 horses were killed at races in Ireland between 2012 and 2017, with 121 deaths occurring in 2013 alone.

Additionally, there have been cases of retired Irish greyhounds being exported to China, where they have been boiled alive for meat.

Why is this happening? Is enough being done for the welfare of horses and dogs, and is it time we stopped using animals for sport?

We were joined by Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan, John Carmody of the Animal Rights Action Network, Richard Forristal, editor of the Racing Post in Ireland, Gerard Dollard, CEO of Irish Greyhound Racing and Ben Metcalfe, researcher at the University of Bath, to discuss this.

Is It Time To Stop Using Animals For Sport?

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