The initiative, to be held on July 23, will bring a number of international associations to Macau with the objective of ending greyhound racing in Macau.
14 participants will attend the session from nine countries and regions “to discuss measures that may be taken worldwide to put an end to the exploitation of racing greyhounds “, explained the president of Anima, Albano Martins on Wednesday. This initiative was supported by all Macau animal protection entities, with the exception Protection Association of Abandoned Animals of Macau (AAPAM) who gave no answer.
Among the guests will be representatives of associations’ entities of the United States, Britain, mainland China and the Association Against Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Taiwan, Australia and the Hong Kong region.
Albano Martins also noted that greyhounds are subjected to ill-treatment worldwide, but in Macau an average of 30 racing dogs are slaughtered a month. “We estimate that in the first months of this year between 160-170 greyhounds have already been slaughtered,” said the president of Anima.
In regards to the horse races that take place at the Macau Jockey Club, Albano Martins says that “the company has recently made large losses and are only making one or two runs a week, yet they want to renew the contract ” next August. “This is worth investigating,” he said, referring to the company that is included in the interests of tycoon Stanley Ho. “I saw the spaces where the horses live and do not have air conditioning, the ceilings are collapsing and it’s all rusty and dirty” described Martins. “The animals are clearly malnourished and live in miserable conditions”. (macaunews)