Nicole Matthews & Aideen Yourell / ICABS: Irish Greyhound industry and the campaign to ban it / SATURDAY 28th
Nicole Matthews is a greyhound welfare advocate and campaigner. A vegan mother of 3 vegan children, she began documenting her families vegan journey through her Facebook page Kind Heart Conscious Planet in the hope of inspiring other parents to make the change to a cruelty free lifestyle. Nicole became eager to do more within the world of animal activism after footage she recorded and posted of bull hooks being used on elephants by circus hands in her home town went viral around the globe causing an enormous response.
Today she is a committee member of ICABS; Irish Council Against Blood Sports and a proud Mama to Legend, an amputee greyhound survivor of China’s dog meat trade slaughterhouses. Nicole has spoken as an expert witness at the government Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine debates on the General Scheme of the Greyhound Industry Bill 2017. Nicole will share a story that travels across continents, through the challenges of rescues, campaigning in Ireland and worldwide to become someone who has gone from vegan to animal advocate and activist for greyhounds.
“Greyhound puppies are like unicorns, nobody sees them! Which speaks volumes against the puppy culling realities of the industry.” – Nicole Matthews
Nicole and Aideen will speak on Saturday 28th September about the Greyhound industry and the ongoing campaign to ban greyhound racing in Ireland.