The notorious Canidrome track in Macau where greyhounds are raced to death is not being ordered to close, it has emerged.
Contrary to suggestions last month that its demise could be imminent, the latest update from Macau is that the owners of the track are being given the option to relocate the track and “improve the breeding and treatment of greyhounds”.
A statement issued by Macau’s Directorate of Inspection and Coordination Games outlines that the Canidrome owners “will have to decide within two years to end the operation of its business or relocate its operation to another place, and if it relocates, it must improve the breeding and treatment of greyhounds and respect the racing program, according to the urban plans, with less impact on the daily life of society.”
It goes on to say that if the decision is made to close the track, the company “is responsible for paying all the damages and compensation payable to their employees for termination of employment contracts, and also assume the responsibility to the final destination of the greyhounds.” The full text of the statement appears below.
Despite the ultimatum allowing for the track to move elsewhere and remain in business, local campaigners have welcomed the announcement as “the death kiss” for the Canidrome. Albano Martins, president of Anima (Macau SPCA) told the Macau Daily Times that relocating the track is “impossible”.
“There is no real decision here, even if the Canidrome has been given two options” he stated. “The government doesn’t want to say that they have two years and then must close, but this is what they are effectively saying.”
The Canidrome has been condemned by the international greyhound group, Grey2K, as the world’s deadliest, with a high level of fatalities on-track and merciless destruction of dogs who under-perform (believed to total as many as 400 per year). According to Animals Australia – another organisation campaigning for the track to be shut down – “Canidrome is ‘death row’ for greyhounds. Every dog there will be dead within 3 years. While alive, their lives are miserable. Minimal exercise, minimal social interaction and a tiny barren cell to live in.”
Earlier this year, at least nine Irish greyhounds were shipped to certain misery and death at the Canidrome. It is unclear if they are still alive.
A petition calling on the authorities in Macau to “Shut down the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack” has been signed by more than 362,000 people around the world. A separate petition urging the Irish Government to ban the export of greyhounds to Macau has secured over 318,000 signatures.
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Full statement from the Directorate of Inspection and Coordination Games
Taking into account the current circumstances the operation of greyhound racing in Macao, in particular their contribution to the positioning of Macau as a World Tourism and Entertainment Centre and to promote diversification of the gaming industry, and whether it corresponds to the expectations of society, and taking in consideration the study report (greyhound racing) and the impact of these gaming on the community prepared by the University of Macao, the Macao SAR Government notified the Company of Greyhounds’ Yat Yuen » Ltd., to undertake the relocation of Canidrome within two years from the date, ie July 21. Consequently, the Company Greyhounds ‘Yat Yuen’ S.A.R.L. will have to decide within two years to end the operation of its business or relocates its operation to another place, and if relocates must need to improve the breeding and treatment of greyhounds and respect the racing program, according to the urban plans, with less impact on the daily life of society. If the Greyhounds Company opts for the closure of its operation, is responsible for paying all the damages and compensation payable to their employees for termination of employment contracts, and also assume the responsibility to the final destination of the greyhounds.
The director of DICJ, Paul Chan, met today, July 21, with the managing director, Angela Leong, and the Executive Director, Stanley Lei, the Company Greyhounds ‘Yat Yuen’ S.A.R.L. to discuss the decision to be made by the Company for the relocation of Canidrome or permanent closure of the operation of greyhound racing. The executive manager, Angela Leong, expressed their respect and agreed to make a decision and make the proper decision before the deadline.
The director of DICJ, Paul Chan, said that if the Greyhounds Company opts for the closure of its operation, it is responsible for paying all the damages and compensation payable to their employees for termination of employment contracts, still be responsibility for the final destination of the greyhounds and their removal from the site. And the Directorate of Labor Affairs will provide appropriate support to workers affected in the context of their legitimate rights and interests
Paul Chan also said that if the company opt for their relocation will have to respect the racing program and improve the creation and treatment of greyhounds in accordance with international standards. And the relocation will be in accordance with urban plans, with less impact on the daily life of society. These being the conditions for consideration to be taken by the DICJ to request the renewal of the exploration, which will be submitted for consideration of the Government.
The renewal of the operating contract of greyhound racing has been a matter that worries the society, so in September 2015, the MSAR Government commissioned the study Institute of Commercial University of Macau set to conduct a study on the exploitation on an exclusive basis of betting (greyhound racing) and its impact to the community that lives on the area, which was based on a telephone survey carried out randomly to MSAR residents and collecting suggestions by survey (1031) with traders and residents of Canidrome zone.
From the result of the study it appears that there are different opinions in society about the renewal or not of greyhound racing exploration contract. The Study Group came to present three suggestions for consideration by the Government.
The comprehensive analysis of those suggestions in the areas of people’s lives, the economy and society affects, particularly regarding the contribution of the operation of greyhound racing to the positioning of Macau as the World Tourism Center and Entertainment and the promotion of diversification of the gaming industry, and whether it corresponds to the expectations of society, the SAR Government has notified the Company of Greyhounds’ Yat Yuen Ltd., to undertake the relocation of the operation of greyhound racing within two years. Consequently, the Company Greyhounds ‘Yat Yuen’ S.A.R.L. will have to decide within that period if it ends the operation of the activity or relocates its operation.