years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
In May 2011, journalist Simon Parry, writing for the Irish Daily Mail, exposed the trade in greyhounds from Australia to meet the demands of the industry in Macau. The article described the suffering, neglect and untimely death of over 380 dogs each year in Macau.
In the article, Dr Choi, head of the Macau government's animal-control department, which oversees the import and destruction of every dog at Macau's dog-racing stadium, the Canidrome, described the plight of the greyhounds as "terrible" and said every dog imported to Macau from Australia was dead within around three years. "They euthanise around 30 dogs each month," says Dr Choi, producing government records showing how the number of dogs put down rose from 322 in 2009 to 383 last year. In March this year alone, 45 dogs were given lethal injections before being sent to incinerators. "When they are imported, the dogs are aged around two to three years. The longest they stay in the racing centre is three years. They all die after three years," says Dr Choi. "Only a few of them are put to sleep because they are injured. For most of them, it is because they can't run and they can't win."
Please write a polite letter to the Australian Prime Minster, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, to ask her to stop the export of greyhounds to Macau immediately. Once these greyhounds arrive in Macau they have no legal protection to prevent them from being abused and killed, and as the article suggests, many are kept in poor living conditions and then killed after their racing days are over. Please write to the Prime Minister using this link
Or at the following address:
The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Canberra ACT 260
Below is a copy of our Asia for Animals Coalition letter to the Australian Prime Minister