Irish dog exported to China now dead

18 Mar


One of the Irish greyhounds exported to a life of misery at Macau’s Canidrome racetrack has died. Birmingham Greyhound Protection is reporting that 2-year-old High Maintenance, who last raced in Tralee before being sent 10,000km to the infamous deathtrap track, is now dead.

In a Facebook post, Kerry Elliman of Birmingham Greyhound Protection wrote: “One of the Irish dogs sent to the Canidrome in Macau China has been killed. He was sent over there 12 months ago to a life of pure hell on earth. Truly devastating for this boy and all the others still stuck in this hell hole. Like every greyhound lover I’m heartbroken and cried and cried for him and others.”

According to the Irish Greyhound Board website, High Maintenance’s final race in Ireland was at Tralee racetrack on Saturday, 2nd April last year when he finished 5th in the “Jumbos Restaurant Listowel Stakes Semi-Final”. In video footage of the race, the commentator can be heard saying “[High Maintenance] is fading as they go towards the last couple of bends.” He faded from third to fifth and with winnings of “€0.00” on the day, his fate was sadly sealed.

He was one of at least nine Irish greyhounds shamefully sent from Ireland to Macau in 2016. The Irish Greyhound Board lists Wai Lok Chu as the owner of the dogs – Crossfield Simon, Crossfield Leona, Two Stone Tadgh, Ballinulty Show, Ballinulty Star, Crossfield Marie, High Maintenance, Milled Ash and Bellmore Belle. The IGB also listed Wai Lok Chu as the owner of an additional 20 Irish greyhounds whose locations are unknown.

The Canidrome has been condemned by 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 400 per year). According to Animals Australia, “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.” As highlighted by ICABS last year, greyhounds routinely suffer horrific injuries at the track, including bite wounds, torn hip-supporting muscle, fractured paws, lame legs, swollen legs, inflamed joints, wounded tail, etc.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is renewing calls on the Irish Government to urgently put in place legislation to prevent any more Irish greyhounds being sent to Macau/China and for action to be taken to rescue and rehome the Irish greyhounds currently at the Canidrome track.


Please join us in contacting Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1-6194020

Please sign and share the petitions

Stop export of Irish greyhounds to China

Irish Government: Stop Funding Cruel Greyhound Racing Industry

Shut down the Canidrome, the world’s deadliest greyhound racetrack

Don’t attend greyhound races or community fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks (these are a significant source of funding for the greyhound industry).

The Irish government has handed over nearly a quarter of a billion euro of taxpayers’ money to the cruel greyhound industry since 2001, including €16 million for 2017. It’s time for this funding to stop. Greyhound racing should not be funded by the people of Ireland, the majority of whom have no interest in it and are rightly opposed to an industry in which dogs are injured, dumped, mutilated and killed. Please join us in urging the government to stop wasting precious funds on this dying industry.

Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry NOW” to,,,

Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6764735

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
Tweet to @EndaKennyTD

Michael Creed TD
Minister for Agriculture
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
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Tweet to @creedcnw

Andrew Doyle TD
Minister of State, Dept of Agriculture
Tweet to @ADoyleTD

Contact your TDs and urge them to stop using scarce public money to fund gambling industries.

Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their email addresses Write to your TDs at: Dail Eireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 (0)1-618 3000 or 1890 337 889. Please also arrange a meeting with your TDs at their local clinics.

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