The Yat Yuen Canidrome is the only operational greyhound track in Macau.1 The Canidrome opened in 1931 but closed seven years later due to a declining interest in greyhound racing.2 In 1963, the site was reopened. Races are currently held nightly from 7:30 PM to midnight.3
A majority of the greyhounds racing in Macau are imported from Australia. In 2012, a total of 378 greyhounds were imported, and in the first eight months of 2013 there were 110 greyhound imports.4 The greyhounds racing at the Canidrome are euthanized when they fail to place in the top three for five consecutive races.5 There is no adoption program for the dogs, and no greyhound leave the track alive.
Wagering on greyhound racing is legal in Macau. However, from 2010 through 2013, the amount of revenue from greyhound racing steadily declined, from 340 million patacas to 178 million patacas, respectively.6
The Canidrome's land lease expires in 2015.7
Olivia Rosenman, "50 years in operation for Macau's canidrome for greyhound races," South China Morning Post, September 1, 2013, scmp.com (accessed October 6, 2014).
Simon Parry, "Dog imports to controversial Macau track see big drop," South China Morning Post, October 6, 2013, scmp.com (accessed October 6, 2014).
Simon Parry, "Owners angry as Macau Canidrome fails to stop euthanizing retired dogs," South China Morning Post, December 16, 2012, grey2kusa.org (accessed October 6, 2014).
"Gaming Statistics," Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, www.dicj.gov.mo (accessed October 6, 2014).
Rosenman, "50 years in operation for Macau's canidrome for greyhound races."
The peninsula of Macau is home to a single dog track called the the Yat Yuen Canidrome. At the Canidrome, nearly 400 greyhounds are put to death every year.
According to the Macau Daily Times, dogs race four times a week. If they finish outside the top three in five sequential races, they are destroyed. The head of Macau's animal control department has stated that every greyhound arriving at the track is dead within three years. An average of thirty new dogs arrives each month from Australia.
In 2007, a draft animal cruelty law was presented to the public for comment and consideration, but the Macau legislature never took it up. In fact, there are no laws in place to prevent the wanton killing of these gentle dogs.