Shut down the Canidrome, the world's deadliest greyhound racetrack.
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383. This is the number of dogs that were killed in one year at Macau’s infamous greyhound racing track, the Yat Yuen Canidrome. That’s more than one dog every day. Many are destroyed for underperforming; those lucky enough to win their races meet a different fate -- fatal injury or illness due to the deplorable conditions they’re forced to live in.
I run an animal rescue organization called ANIMA here in Macau, an island off the coast of mainland China, and the carnage that takes place at the Canidrome is a source of deep sadness and shame for me. But now there is hope! I’m working with U.S.-based greyhound advocacy group GREY2K USA Worldwide to convince the government of Macau to permanently end this horrific animal abuse. Can you help us?
Tell Macau to close the Canidrome racetrack, where every single greyhound either dies from terrible injuries, or is killed for running too slowly.
And before they die, these greyhounds suffer terribly. On just one racing day recently, greyhounds at the Canidrome suffered torn muscles, cuts, infections, and one dog named “Speed Baby” had his stomach twisted more than 180 degrees during a race. He later died from an intestinal rupture.
Macau's leaders care a lot about how the rest of the world sees them. More than half of the island’s economy — and 70% of the government’s revenue — comes from international tourism. If the world speaks up against the Canidrome’s outdated and barbaric treatment of these animals, Macau's government has to listen.
There’s a reason the Yat Yuen Canidrome is the only remaining greyhound racetrack in all of Asia. Other countries have woken up to the horrendous abuse involved in this pastime, and they’ve decided not to stand for it. Please help me call on the government of Macau to join them and make the humane choice to end greyhound racing here, too.
Sign my petition, and help stop the Canidrome racetrack from racing hundreds of greyhounds to death each year.
President, Anima Macau
- Chief Executive
Honorable Chui Sai On
- Secretary for Economy and Finance
Leong Vai Tac
- Secretary for Transport and Public Works
Raimundo Arrais do Rosário
- Secretary for Administration and Justice
Chan Hoi Fan
Honourable Dr. Chui Sai On
PETITION – NOT TO RENEW THE CONCESSION OF MACAU YAT YUEN CANIDROME
Dear Dr. Chui,
We are writing to you, once again, to respectfully, request your attention to oversee the termination of the operation concession of Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome when it expires in December this year.
Since 2011, ANIMA, together with the international animal rescue and protection organizations, as well as thousands of people are in accord with our effort to improve animal rights and welfare, have made repeated attempts to bring your attention to the pain and injuries that greyhounds are enduring each day throughout their racing “career”.
A quick glance at the Canidrome’s website will give you regular updates on the type of injuries suffered by their dogs because of racing. They are sadly destroyed at an average rate of 30 per month, even at the young age of two or three years old after they are found to be not “profitable”. The injury rate on that track is very high as compared with other tracks all over the world, which upsets all the communities. We are talking about a rate of around 20 per cent!
These dogs are imported from Australia and the cycle of exploitation has lasted for the past 50 years. 18 races in each of their 22 racing evenings a month in an old track do not only cause tremendous harm to these animals physically and mentally, it also perpetuates gambling in a densely populated area in Macau.
As a result of our economic development over the past decade, the voices of Macau residents calling for our government to provide more land for public use can be heard everywhere. The closing of the Canidrome will not only free up precious land for public housing with underground car-parking spaces for Fai Chi Kei residents, it can also be used to build a well-needed public central park in Macau.
After two long years of ANIMA urging the Canidrome to set up an active program of adoption, only two greyhounds were adopted and one by its OWN VET!
The annual financial documents published officially on the DICJ website indicate that their business has accumulated losses up to 2007. It was only because of a policy change in 2005 in the reduction of profit tax from 35% to 25 % that their business started to make some profit recently. And to our understanding, the Canidrome in recent years has been suffering from substantial reduction in profit year after year.
ANIMA has resumed our campaign to free these animals by organizing a local and an online petition to consolidate the voices and support of both local and international communities.
We hope our collective effort will demonstrate our determination to end the suffering of these animals. We, therefore, humbly ask you to to take decisive action and close the Canidrome once and for all.
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