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The initial response to the export of greyhounds from Ireland to China was phenomenal and left the Irish government in no doubt about the global opposition to these plans. We now need your help once again: please write to the Irish Minister of Agriculture to ask him to reject these proposals.
China has no national animal-welfare legislation and greyhounds imported into China (or bred within China specifically for the racing industry) have no protection from suffering or abuse. The Irish government should not be complicit in the development of an industry that will lead to suffering, neglect and the death of many thousands of greyhounds.
Please write to:
Mr Simon Coveney TD
Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food
Republic of Ireland
While investigating the possible development of the greyhound industry in China, 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.”
The suffering of many hundreds of greyhounds each year in Macau is an early warning about the potential suffering many thousands of greyhounds will endure if greyhound racing is allowed to develop across mainland China. At the moment, there are a number of obstacles to this development, including the current gambling ban within mainland China.
Action two 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
Please click on the links below and sign these two petition in support of this campaign and please forward these links to family and friends
The international animal-welfare movement must stay ahead of these plans, oppose organisations such as the IGB wishing to develop the industry in other countries, oppose the export of greyhounds from all countries to support the development of the industry in Asia, and stand side by side with animal-protection organisations across China that have already voiced their opposition and will continue to do so when plans to build new racing tracks are announced.
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