Update! As of 8pm May 12th, the 24 Irish greyhounds will not be flying to Macau! Due to public pressure and social media coverage, the greyhounds intended to fly to Macau tonight have been turned away. Their current location is unknown but we will update when we have further details.
Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland is alarmed and disappointed by news that 24 more greyhounds have recently left Ireland, destined for the Yat Yuen Canidrome racetrack in Macau.
In light of the deplorable welfare conditions at the Macau track which additionally has no retirement or rehoming programme, GRAI once again calls upon the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Irish Greyhound Board, and airline and shipping carriers to engage with welfare organisations on this matter and to take steps to prevent the continued export of Irish dogs to a country with no animal welfare laws and harsh conditions for animals.
GRAI has grave concerns about the immediate welfare of the dogs, due to the nature of transport involved. Multiple transportation and welfare regulations may have been breached in the transportation of these dogs. Authorities in the UK, including the RSPCA are currently trying to locate the 24 greyhounds with the intention of preventing them from leaving the country.
Three Irish greyhounds have so far been confirmed to be racing at the Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau (Crossfield Leona, Crossfield Simon and Two Stone Tadgh) and six others were exported from Ireland to Macau last month (Milled Ash, High Maintenance, Ballinulty Star, Ballinulty Show, Bellmore Belle and Crossfield Marie). There are potentially many other Irish greyhounds in Macau. Requests made by GRAI to meet with representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, as well as the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) to discuss this serious matter have gone unanswered and we call upon the new Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed T.D., to make this a priority issue in his new role. We join the ISCPA, Dogs Trust Ireland, Irish Blue Cross, Greyhound West of England (GRWE), Greyhound Rescue Wales(GRW), and many other organisations and individuals who are disturbed and disappointed by the failure of the Irish Government and of the Irish Greyhound Board to take a stand on the issue of greyhounds exported to dangerous countries.