A GREAT VICTORY! THE CANIDROME WILL CEASE TO EXIST BY JULY 2018. THE ‘MACAU (YAT YUEN) CANIDROME CO’
Jul 6, 2017 — July 01, 2017
It’s now official. The Canidrome of Macau, i.e. hell on earth and the worst dog track in the world, will cease to exist by July 2018.
The statement comes from the company itself that runs the track, the Canidrome Co., in its annual financial statement published in the Official Gazette on 28th June 2017, in which it announced that given the ultimatum issued by the Government of Macau (to either find alternative premises or close), the Canidrome as a live racing venue would definitively cease to exist by July 2018.
This is a great victory!
It’s been a hard won victory, difficult and long fought for but finally achieved, thereby concluding the ‘ClosetheCanidrome‘ campaign launched in March 2012 by the animal protection group ANIMA Macau and its president and founder Albano Martins, following a report by GREY2K USA Worldwide and an article in Hong Kong’s China Morning Post.
A core feature of this campaign is the fight against the exportation of greyhounds to Macau from Australia and later on, from 2015/16, from Ireland and the UK.
Animals Australia, Animals Asia and the AFA Coalition became important allies straightaway on both those fronts (closing the Canidrome and stopping exports), and in later years they were joined by Caged NW, Greyt Exploitations and BGP in the UK, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS), ARAN, Limerick Animal Welfare and Galway SPCA in Ireland, and Pet Levrieri in Italy.
The petition calling for the closure of the Canidrome, launched by Albano Martins and Grey2kUsa Worldwide, was signed by 367,097 people.
The petition to stop the exportation of Irish greyhounds to Macau, launched by GREY2K USA Worldwide, has reached 350,784 signatures.
In April 2016, activists in Ireland but mainly in the UK, coordinated by Caged NW, blocked a transport of 24 greyhounds destined for Macau.
The first objective has been reached.
Now it is vital to help ANIMA Macau reach the other two objectives:
To get the government of Macau to hand over the 650 greyhounds at the Canidrome into the care of ANIMA Macau.
To find suitable homes for each of the 650 greyhounds.
If the government does nothing, the greyhounds will gradually be eliminated during racing and the survivors will be sold to Vietnam, where commercial dog racing is legal, and in China, India and Pakistan, where illegal tracks are spreading. Some of them may even end up in the dog meat trade.
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