The British band Queen wrote to Macau’s leader last month to urge the transfer of the city’s racing greyhounds to an animal protection group.

It came after a similar appeal from French actress Brigitte Bardot in May this year, according to Albano Martins – president of ANIMA-Society for the Protection of Animals (Macau). The decades-old Yat Yuen Canidrome, the only one remaining in Asia, is scheduled to close next July.

Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen said in a letter to Chief Executive Fernando Chui that “The Canidrome of Macau is infamous the world over, with a reputation of being the cruellest greyhound track in existence.”

A race at the Macau Canidrome. File

They said greyhounds were needlessly killed each month and replaced with new racing dogs from Australia: “The current cycle of suffering and death that is happening at the Canidrome of Macau goes against our shared values.”

ANIMA has urged the company to transfer the 650 greyhounds to them for care and authorise the group to manage the space for 12 months so that adoptive families can be found.

Queen, the legendary British band supports the effort of Anima and our International Partners to save the Macau Greyhounds.

Posted by Albano Martins on Monday, 11 December 2017

Taylor and May urged Chui to obtain assurances from the Canidrome about the transfer, upon a request from Martins of ANIMA.

“Please do not allow these animals to be exported to any other Asian country, where they are not protected by local’s laws and where they will likely be used for illegal races or consumed as meat,” they wrote.

The legendary Brigitte Bardot supporting Anima and our International partners to save the Macau Greyhounds!

Posted by Albano Martins on Monday, 11 December 2017

In her similar appeal, Bardot wrote to Chui: “Please do not allow the world to identify Macau as a town of suffering, where so many innocent animals die running for their life. Please help these animals and let the public image of Macau to be one of modernity and civilization.”

The president of ANIMA said he wrote to Stanley Lei, executive director of the Canidrome at the end of last month for a public and live debate, but he has not heard back since.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.