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Over 10 dogs injured at every race: survey
On average more than 10 dogs are injured at every race-day at the local Canidrome, a survey from animal welfare advocacy group Grey2K USA shows.
The report found that from October 21 to December 31 last year, 302 of the 655 imported racing dogs at the Canidrome suffered injuries, an average of four animals a race or more than 10 for each day.
The Canidrome holds races three times a week.
About 40 percent of injuries were cuts and tears, and eight percent involved fractured bones. The group says that statistics were collected from the Canidrome’s website.
Of the 302 injured greyhounds, 54 had to stop racing altogether. However, in Macau, there is no adoption programme for retired dogs which means they will be put down by lethal injection.
The US association has been campaigning to find new homes for greyhounds after they are deemed unable to race.
“There are more than 600 greyhounds racing at the Canidrome and more than 90 percent are four years old or younger. Greyhounds are injured on a daily basis, including suffering broken legs, sprains and cuts,” Grey2K USA executive director Carey Theil told South China Morning Post.
He went on to say that some are injured repeatedly until they simply disappear from the track’s records. “During a 10-week period, nearly half of the greyhounds at the track were reportedly injured,” he added.
At the end of last year, Grey2K joined the Macau Society for the Protection of Animals (Anima) in an effort to find a second life for greyhounds that are exported from Australia to the local Canidrome.
In addition, the second largest animal protection organisation in Australia, Animals Australia, has sent a letter to the Macau Canidrome calling for ex-racing dogs to be sent to a new home, instead of being put down.
However the Canidrome has so far not responded to any of the petitions or letters sent by international animal welfare groups.
About 30 dogs are put down every month at the Canidrome, Anima director Albano Martins told TDM.
Martins called on the government “to put an end to these medieval practices” and to gradually close down the Canidrome.
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