Greyhounds are gentle and affectionate dogs who make lovely companions. But for those unlucky Australian greyhounds exported to Macau, racing means literally running for their lives.
Australia's greyhound racing industry doesn't exactly have a glowing track record when it comes to animal welfare. This ruthless gambling industry is plagued by shocking cruelty, including horrific 'live baiting'. And the discarding of thousands of healthy puppies and dogs each year simply because they're not fast enough to win — like those allegedly found in mass graves — is simply accepted as 'business as usual'.
But perhaps the grimmest fate that can await these unlucky dogs is export to Macau.
In Macau's greyhound racing stadium, the Canidrome, hundreds of Australian dogs are routinely kept in cages so small they can barely turn around — and must literally run for their lives on the track.
Greyhounds from Australia were killed at the Canidrome at a rate of more than one every day in 2010. Nearly all of these dogs were healthy and not even five years old. All they had done wrong is fail to finish in the top three for five consecutive races.
Despite the industry peak body — Greyhounds Australasia — refusing to issue greyhound 'passports' to Macau (thanks to the determined work of animal advocates — especially our friends at GREY2K USA Worldwide — and the many thousands of Animals Australia supporters who have spoken out) the industry is still sending dogs to Macau.
Macau is the only place in China where greyhound racing is currently legal. But with racing industries from around the world pushing for the legalisation of greyhound racing on mainland China many more greyhounds are at risk.
The Australian government can help stop this cruel practice by banning the export of greyhounds. Please call on your Federal MP to help stop Australia's export of greyhounds to Macau — or anywhere.