Target: Australian government
Goal: End the export of greyhounds to China where they face brutal conditions and often death.
In the region of Macau, China, the despicable practice of racing greyhounds continues. Even more egregious than the racing itself, is the fact that dogs that do not place highly in five consecutive races are killed. This amounts to 400 greyhounds being put to death each year. In 2007, the Macau legislature rejected an animal cruelty law, meaning policy is most likely stalled in China. But Australia can take a stand for animal welfare by banning the export of greyhounds to China.
Australia ships 30 new greyhounds to the greyhound racing stadium each month, most of them only 2 or 3 years old. To fuel the lucrative gambling industry in Macau, the dogs are raced 4 times a week. If they do not place in the top three in 5 consecutive races, they are put to death by lethal injection. Despite the efforts by animal welfare groups in China to find a second home for these dogs, the lack of legislation concerning transmittable diseases like rabies means that the dogs must be quarantined in Hong Kong before being shipped elsewhere, making adoption a costly and time consuming affair. In the absence of significant action by the government in Macau, it is time for Australia to show compassion for these poor dogs and ban the exports of greyhounds to China. This may allow Australia to gain leverage and demand that the greyhound race track adopt more humane policies or better yet, stop dog racing altogether.
Ask Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to take action now.
Dear Prime Minister Gillard,
Are you aware of what exactly goes on at the greyhound race track in Macau, China? Greyhounds are raced four times a week and if they do not place in the top three spots for five consecutive races, they are executed by way of lethal injection. Approximately 400 dogs are executed each year, as the lack of canine health regulations at the facility make adoption nearly impossible.
Australia exports about 30 greyhounds each month to Macau, most at the young age of 2 or 3 years old. While it seems as if all efforts to pass meaningful animal welfare legislation in Macau have failed, the Australian government can take a stand for these poor animals. Please consider banning greyhound exports to China as a way of getting the government in Macau to realize that without proper standards and compassion, the business of dog racing cannot exist. Hopefully, they will ban the practice altogether. Australia cannot just sit by and watch while these animals are slaughtered. Protect greyhounds and ban their export.
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