More than 500 now retired racing greyhounds in Macau will have a brighter future with word that Yat Yuen, the company that, until last week, ran the only dog-racing track in the world’s largest gambling hub, has joined forces with the animal rights group, Anima, to create a center to rehouse the animals until they can be adopted.
The Macau government had taken charge of the animals when Macau’s Canidrome Club closed last week. Now, they will live at the center until they find new homes, allowing the public a chance to interact with them.
“We are performing our social responsibility and also doing what we promised,” Angela Leong, the executive director of Yat Yuen, told a news conference, held jointly with Macau-based Anima, that was streamed live on Facebook.
Last week the government said it would punish the company under the Animal Protection Act if Yat Yuen failed to provide a responsible solution for the dogs.
Local media view last week’s closure of the greyhound track as an important milestone in Macau’s transition from its grubby old-time gambling businesses to its position, in recent years, as home to some of the most luxurious casino/resort in the world.