October 17, 2019
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Leading Kilkenny company withdraws sponsorship of greyhound racing

By COLIN BARTLEY

CONNOLLY’S Red Mills has announced it is to pull its sponsorship of greyhound racing.

It follows an RTÉ investigation that revealed shocking and cruel treatment of dogs by some individuals involved in the sport.

The Kilkenny based manufacturer of animal feed products said as animal lovers, they could not “condone the practices depicted in the broadcast.”

In a statement published on Facebook this afternoon announcing the company would no longer support greyhound racing, Connolly’s Red Mills said: “It is clear that a number of cruel and unscrupulous practices are being pursued by individuals.

“The failure of the regulatory bodies in the sector to address these unacceptable activities has led Connolly’s Red Mills to make this decision.

“The welfare of greyhounds is of the utmost concern to Connolly’s Red Mills and the company is horrified by the completely unacceptable acts that were broadcast by RTÉ.”

Earlier this week FBD Insurance cut their ties with Kilkenny Greyhound Track, while Barry’s Tea ended their long-standing sponsorship of racing in Cork.

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