>> It's the end of the road for hundreds of Greyhounds in Macau. China's only dog racing track is due to shut its doors at the end of July, leaving the question of what's to become of the racers. Dog racing was popular in Macau for decades, but it hasn't kept pace with the times.
Now the territory is moving away from grubby old-time gambling. Reuters' Farrah Master visited the Canidrome in a dingy neighborhood far from the main strip.>> As Macau's built out a lot of very luxurious casinos, the number of visitors going to the greyhound track has fallen considerably. There was also a lot of pressure on the government to shut it down from activists, both in Macau and internationally, that say the dogs were subjected to very inhumane and cruel conditions.
>> One animal rights group has accused the Canidrome company of euthanizing dogs which don't perform, around 30 each month. Macau-based Anima is now trying to take ownership of the 650 dogs which remain before they can be sent to buyers in China.>> Animal protection groups like Anima are very fearful that if the dogs get sent to China they could end up on somebody's plate, as in China it's legal to eat dog meat.
>> Anima wants to adapt the dogs out overseas and looking for families which can handle the expense. But Anima has failed so far to win the cooperation of the Canidrome company. It says its campaign to save the greyhounds has led to threats and harassment, leaving the fate of Macau's racing dogs hanging in the balance.