Target: Fernando Chui, Chief Executive of Macau
Goal: Shut down the greyhound racing stadium responsible for numerous ongoing animal rights abuses
The only greyhound racing stadium in Asia, the Macau Canidrome has recently received negative attention worldwide for refusing to adopt out greyhounds that have reached the end of their athletic career. Even though many of the racing dogs’ owners have requested that their animals be adopted and not euthanized upon retirement, the Canidrome continues to kill more than 30 dogs every month. Additionally, dogs in the care of the Canidrome often suffer preventable injuries and neglect. Speak up for the dogs of the Canidrome and demand that this racing facility be shut down.
Greyhound racers don’t typically enjoy lengthy careers. Once these dogs reach adulthood, they must remain competitive if they are to be kept alive. According to the South China Morning Post, racing greyhounds are typically euthanized if they consistently finish below the top three. While some compassionate greyhound owners will request that their animals be rehomed or rescued instead of simply killed, the Macau Canidrome has so far refused to cooperate with their wishes. Instead, the racing facility continues to euthanize their animals at an alarming rate.
Even those greyhounds that do survive suffer injuries and mistreatment at the Canidrome. A greyhound advocacy group reports that over a 10-week period, a total of 302 greyhounds were injured at the Canidrome. Many endured serious and multiple injuries like broken legs and head trauma. Most spend their time off the track in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around.
It’s time that the government of Macau took a stand for the rights of greyhounds. Urge the region’s Chief Executive to shut down the Canidrome.
Dear Fernando Chui,
Macau’s Canidrome may be the only greyhound racetrack in Asia, but is the need for such entertainment really so great as to keep it open? Every year, hundreds of greyhounds perish when they are deemed unfit to race. The animals suffer broken bones, head trauma and paralysis as a result of forced competition. And the Canidrome has recently refused to honor the requests of greyhound owners who wish that their racing animals find adoptive homes at the end of their careers.
It’s time to do better for the greyhounds of Macau. By shutting down this facility, you will help prevent inestimable suffering for the sake of human entertainment. I urge you to take the fate of these animals into consideration and close down the Canidrome for good.
[Your Name Here]
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