There has been widespread anger over a section in a first years school book that suggests greyhounds regularly have their ears cut off to hide their identity after they have been killed.

Make a Difference is an exercise book in the Junior Cycle subject, CSPE – Civic, Social and Political Education.

In the section on greyhound racing entitled “Going to the Dogs”, students are told most racing greyhounds are well cared for, but some are not.

They are then presented with a number of problems including claims that some dogs are raced too often, abandoned, put down or have their ears cut off to avoid identification.

Representatives from the Irish greyhound industry are calling for the text to be removed saying it is a misleading and inaccurate representation, which does not in any way reflect the reality within the sport.