Greyhound protection group, CAGED Northwest, is reporting that “Lufthansa are the airline shipping greyhounds to their death in China”.
On its Facebook page, CAGED (Campaign Against Greyhound Exploitation & Death) states: “The following detail was brought to us via numerous reliable sources; ‘Six greyhounds were transported by Lufthansa airlines from Dublin to Hong Kong on 12th April 2016’.”
The doomed Irish dogs were destined for the Canidrome, condemned as the world’s deadliest racetrack from where no dog gets out alive.
In response to dozens of complaints posted online, Lufthansa is not denying that it was the airline that flew the dogs to China.
One complaint stated: “I have learnt that Lufthansa are the airline that transport greyhounds from Ireland to Macau for a life of misery in the Canidrome.” The official reply from Lufthansa: “Please appeal to your responsible authorities to change the legal framework that allows such mistreatments to happen. As a company, we are not able to determine the purpose for which animals are making their journey.”
If Lufthansa is responsible for transporting racing greyhounds to China, its position is in stark contrast to that of other airlines. Last week, Emirates Airlines moved quickly to confirm to ICABS that it has “never shipped greyhounds to China (Hong Kong or Macau) on our services from Dublin”. In December, following a damning TV report about the cruelty of the Canidrome, Qantas and Cathay Pacific airlines announced that they would no longer transport racing greyhounds from Australia to Asia.
Luftansa has not yet replied to a 22nd April email from ICABS, urging the company to refuse to transport Irish greyhounds to China.
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Video: Irish greyhounds arrive in China to race and be killed at the Canidrome