Every year hundreds of greyhounds are exported by Australian breeders to racetracks in Macau and mainland China where they face mistreatment, abuse, and certain death. From New South Wales more than 110 were sent in just four months in the last year, most of whom were less than 2 years old. The majority of these dogs went to a racetrack in Macau known as the Canidrome - the policy of the canidrome is to euthanase any dog that doesn't perform on the racetrack and almost 400 were killed last year because they weren't fast enough. For dogs that end up here, death is inevitable - if they aren't injured on the racetrack, old age eventually means that they will be put down when they are too old to win.
There is no safety net for these dogs. There is no greyhound adoption program and no benevolent benefactor to rehome them. These dogs are regarded as possessions that are often abused and mistreated, to be discarded when they are no longer useful.
Greyhounds Australasia, the peak industry body for greyhound racing, performed a review into the export of these dogs more than a year ago, and have been sitting on the results of that review for the past 12 months. The industry has shown that it is not interested in the welfare of these dogs, only in the financial benefits they bring. The only way to protect these dogs is to legislate against their export. Surely the financial interests of a few is less important than the welfare of hundreds dogs? Please help us stand up for these dogs.
Sam and Kylie