Greyhound Track Closure In Macau Leaves A Morbid Fate For Over 650 Dogs

Without government intervention, these dogs may be slaughtered or sold to underground tracks

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


Credit: The Guardian

The Macau Canidrome, or Yat Yuen, is known for its high death rates and cruel conditions. It is slated to close this July. At this infamous track, thousands of Greyhounds have suffered through forced racing, poor living conditions in scorching heat, and with untreated injuries. Most of these dogs are Australian exports despite the 2013 Greyhounds Australasia ban. Smugglers can receive a $300 profit per dog under the approval of the federal department of agriculture to export animals abroad.


Pending this closure, Macau-based animal welfare group, Anima, is lobbying for the Macau government to intervene and rescue the Greyhounds at the Canidrome. Without intervention, these dogs will either be killed or sold to underground tracks in China.


In the poor practices of Greyhound racing, dogs can be killed with hammers, starved, or shot.

Anima estimates that around 360 animals were brought per year into Macau over the 54 years it has been open. In these 54 years, only eight animals were put up for adoption.

Other groups have joined Anima to gather a petition with over 50 000 names to the Macau government to put the animals under Anima’s care.


As mentioned earlier, retired and unwanted Greyhounds are regularly exported to Macau for profit. Then they are sent to the Canidrome of Macau where no greyhound comes out alive.

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