There are no operational greyhound racetracks in Macau.1 China’s last legal dog track, the Yat Yuen Canidrome, originally opened in Macau in 1931 but closed seven years later due to declining interest.2 The track opened again in 1963, becoming part of the burgeoning gambling scene on the peninsula.3 After years of declining revenue and campaigning led by Anima Macau, GREY2K USA Worldwide and Pet Levrieri,4 the Canidrome finally shuttered its doors for good on July 21, 2018.5
The Canidrome owners did not prepare an exit strategy for the approximate 600 greyhounds in their care.6 Previously, the greyhounds racing at the Canidrome were destroyed when they failed to place in the top three spots for five consecutive races.7 (Some estimates place the number of killed greyhounds at 30 per month, or almost 20,000 total during the track’s 55-year run.8) In anticipation of this scenario, an international safety net was organized by Anima Macau, GREY2K USA Worldwide and Pet Levrieri so every greyhound would find his or her forever home.9
Commercial greyhound racing remains illegal on mainland China, though there is a growing concern about the popularity of unregulated racing.10
Now that Canidrome has closed, we are sponsoring over 500 greyhounds to freedom with our allied adoption groups around the world. Won't you please give now to provide love and care for these dogs? We will continue to sponsor each dog as long as funding lasts, so please be as generous as you can!