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Simply Marc – Reserved for adoptions in the UK

Gender: female
Country of birth: Australia
D.o.B.: 21/01/2010
Colour: red/fulvous
Height (to  withers): 68 cm

Winning Energy – Reserved for adoptions in the UK

Gender: female
Country of birth: Australia
D.o.B.: 01/07/2011
Colour: black
Height (to withers): 68 cm

Miss Lucky – Reserved for adoptions in the UK

Gender: female
Country of birth: Macau
D.o.B.: 28/04/2010
Colour: black and white
Height (to withers): 66 cm

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A propagandist farce

A propagandist farce

At long last the GBGB – i.e. the UK greyhound racing industry – and its CEO Mark Bird have woken up to the problem of British and Irish greyhounds being sent for breeding under often shameful conditions to countries like China and Pakistan.

That this was a regular occurrence has been known for some time by those following the pages of anti racing groups such as Greyt Exploitations1 and Caged Nationwide2. We ourselves have published numerous articles on this problem throughout the years.

So it does arouse suspicion that the industry is only turning its attention now to a problem that has been common knowledge for some time, and about which it would most certainly have more information readily available than we do. Indeed, either the GBGB knew all along about the exports but took no interest in the matter, or it did not know and therefore is in the dark about what goes on, i.e. on matters that it should have control over. Since we do not believe that they are inept to such a degree, we are inclined to go with the first hypothesis.

We believe that the industry’s apparent new interest in the problem of exports is due to the wide media coverage that this topic has received of late. Basically it’s a marketing ploy by Mark Bird & Co to try and show that they are interested in welfare. It will probably end like it always does, with a recommendation to trainers, along with the admission that one cannot stop a private individual from sending dogs wherever he likes, as long as no laws are broken.

It is worth remembering that in 2011 the IGB – i.e. the Irish racing industry – tried to reach an agreement to export massive numbers of Irish greyhounds to China3: the plan was stopped, but that has not stopped private individuals from merrily continuing to export Irish greyhounds to Asia with the tacit consent of the industry and the government.

What kind of coercive power would an internal industry rule have without an appropriate law that would properly penalise the exportation of greyhounds to some countries? Are the GBGB and the IGB intending to propose a law that would punish with jail time those who export dogs to China and Pakistan?

And would the British and Irish governments be prepared to take on the responsibility for such a ban, which would have profound repercussions on commercial as well as foreign policy? And how would such a ban be achieved, in real terms? With a list of forbidden countries? Who could stop greyhound owners from exporting dogs to ‘permitted’ countries, and then sending them on from there to ‘forbidden’ ones? Who is going to establish which countries are ok and which aren’t?

Pakistan for example does have animal welfare laws, but unfortunately they date back to colonial times and nobody applies them. In Spain too there is welfare legislation, but it is often not applied.

In a nutshell, the whole thing is a smokescreen. Furthermore, it is pointless on a practical level to hold talks about exports without involving the IGB and the Irish government, given that most of the exported dogs come from Ireland.

It is for all of these reasons, among others, that we have always clearly stated that ending greyhound racing is the only thing that will end exports4.  

The GBGB’s focus on the problem of exports also has another aim however, and that is to draw attention away from the real problem, which is not in China but in the UK (and in Ireland).

For how does Mark Bird justify the deaths of over 1,000 greyhounds in the UK in 2017?5

What is his answer to Greyt Exploitations, who have asked for a clear and public statement about the fate of the 7,661 greyhounds who left racing in 2017?6

Can the GBGB answer the question posed by the anti racing movement about what has happened to the 2,477 greyhounds who disappeared in 2017, of which there is no precise information in the official data?7

The GBGB have made a commitment to transparency with DEFRA (the UK’s Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)8 – so why will they not explain the reason why they will not publish the exportation data of the dogs exported abroad?

Discussing exports without a clear answer to these questions is just a waste of time and doesn’t address the heart of the matter, which is that the greyhound racing industry has no real interest in the welfare of the dogs.

By Massimo Greco

Translated by Isobel Deeley

1) http://greytexploitations.com/resources-reports/china-crisis-in-the-media/
3) https://www.petlevrieri.it/en/articles/already-in-2011-igb-planned-to-export-irish-greyhounds-invest-in-and-develop-racetracks-in-china/
7) Injury and Retirement Data http://greytexploitations.com/resources-reports/apdawg-meeting-an-update-on-greyhound-welfare/apdawg-meeting-october-2018

Commercial greyhound racing and exports

Commercial greyhound racing and exports

The racing industry habitually exports greyhounds – not just from Ireland and the UK but also from New Zealand, USA and Australia. As far as Europe is concerned, some dogs are exported to countries where races take place but where betting on dogs is illegal – at least officially. Such is the case for instance in European countries where the European Greyhound Racing Confederation is active such as Romania, Denmark, Finland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, anyone can legally acquire an Irish greyhound for amateur racing in many countries, including Italy. Whether we find this acceptable or not, that is not to say that the dogs are badly treated: even though we are opposed to amateur racing we are aware that it is very different from commercial racing, and if the dogs are treated like pets they are a lot better off than with trainers.

Things get serious however when the dogs are systematically exported to countries where there are no adoption programs or worse still, no decent animal protection laws. This is the case in some Asian countries such as China and Pakistan mainly, but also in a lesser way Vietnam and South Korea. In Pakistan greyhounds are used for breeding as well as coursing and hunting, while in China they are used for illegal racing with betting, amateur racing, hunting, and spectator racing in the Shanghai zoo. In these countries the dogs often live in shameful conditions, which are decidedly worse than those in their countries of origin – hardly ideal though the latter themselves might be – and their fate is already determined by the lack of adoption prospects. It is not rare for greyhounds to end up in the dog meat markets of China alongside thousands of other dogs, often stolen.

Public opinion in the dogs’ countries of origin is outraged by this – and rightly so – even though in terms of actual figures, the number of greyhounds killed in the oh so civilised Ireland, UK or Australia is infinitely higher than those exported.

The exportation of greyhounds to the aforementioned Asian countries is worrying, especially with regards to China: betting on races is illegal in this country, but if that ban were to be lifted a vast market would open up which would dramatically increase the exploitation of greyhounds everywhere else in the world. And that is quite apart from the types of cruelty documented in some parts of China, such as boiling dogs alive.

So every initiative able to provide evidence of exports to these countries is important, and shows that the greyhound racing industry doesn’t care in the slightest about the dogs, because they are only perceived as a source of profit.

On the other hand however it is not by saving a few dogs, or stopping a few of them from leaving, that the problem will be solved, because exports are a consequence and not a cause. The cause is the fact that racing greyhounds, in countries where commercial greyhound racing exists, are basically racing commodities and are therefore bred, reared, trained and sold for profit to buyers who use them for racing or hunting and not for letting them live as pets. That is the fundamental difference between those who breed and sell pets and those who breed and sell racing dogs in an industrial manner: those bred by the former have the legal status of pets to all effects right from birth.

Consequently, if we wish to eliminate exports we must work to ban commercial dog racing in the countries the dogs are being exported from, and we must support all the initiatives of the local groups and organisations who are fighting to block the development of the demand for racing greyhounds in the destination countries. Abolishing the demand for these dogs will damage the industry which supplies them, and in the end the industry will stop supplying them. No demand=no supply.

The only effective way of saving greyhounds from being exported is to intensify and strengthen the work to close down the industry, by building a network between all those who wish to see it end. To achieve that result we must intensify our awareness raising campaign work, but above all – with the help of informed public support – we must lobby and manage to convince the political powers that be in each country of the importance of banning dog racing, for they alone have the power to close tracks and prosecute those who bet on the dogs.

By Massimo Greco

Translated by Isobel Deeley     




In May 2004, Rusty was found dying on a Welsh hillside, with a bolt gun shot to the head and his ears cut off to stop him from being identified through his ear tattoos.

Even though he had been tortured, mutilated and left to die for three days, Rusty was still alive and managed to welcome his rescuers with a wag of the tail when he was found, but his wounds were so extensive that the vet could do nothing for him but gently put him to sleep.

Fifteen years on, we want to remember Rusty, so that his death, and that of thousands of greyhounds who are slaves of the racing industries in Ireland and Great Britain, does not remain unpunished.

Europe cannot tolerate this barbarism: greyhound racing should be banned and the tracks closed in all the countries where it exists.

In the month of May we will put Rusty’s image on our Facebook pages and by using the facebook frame ‘Remember Rusty’. 
It’s very simple to use – here’s how:
Click on your profile pic and select ‘add frame’, then search for ‘Remember Rusty’, and click ‘use’.
Alternatively, if you have a facebook friend who is already using the frame, click on the ‘try frame’ on the bottom right of his/her profile pic and follow the instructions provided.

We will take a walk with your dog ~ at a time and place of your choice ~ in memory of Rusty. 

Those of us who are believers will say a prayer for him and all those who died like him, but whose names we do not know.

Apart from joining the event in the month of May, let’s support the groups and organisations who take a coherent stand against the racing industry. 

THE MACAU GREYHOUNDS: HAPPY AT LAST! International event, Milan, 8th September 2019

THE MACAU GREYHOUNDS: HAPPY AT LAST! International event, Milan, 8th September 2019

International event to be held in Italy on 8th September 2019


Now that the campaign to save the Macau greyhounds has concluded, the time has come to celebrate! For the successful outcome of the campaign was never guaranteed, but the result of years of hard work in which everyone played their part in a network which joined together people with different experiences from all over the world.

Such an extraordinary achievement is worth celebrating together with people like Albano Martins as well as with the Macau greyhounds themselves, many of whom have been adopted in Italy or are in the process of being adopted.

So we are organising a big party in honour of the Macau greyhounds, which will be held in Italy on Sunday 8th September.

It will be an opportunity to spend time together and meet Albano Martins, who has already confirmed that he will be there, as well as other friends and allies who played a key role in the campaign. It will also be a time for acknowledging to ourselves and to the world the scope of what we have achieved, of which we should be justly proud.

It will be a special day of celebration for all of us, dogs and humans, with fun activities  planned for the dogs, for children and for ourselves.

Saturday morning will take place the arrival of 20 Irish greyhounds from the refuges Limerick Animal Welfare and Galway SPCA, who will be handed over in the morning to their adoptive families, while Sunday 8th will be entirely dedicated to the Macau greyhounds.

Time and place: 

Sunday 8th September 2019, 9.30-17.30

Natura Boscaccio, Viale dei Tigli, Gaggiano (MI), Italy

From May onwards, we will be publishing the details of the programme for the day and all the necessary info for booking hotels and registering for the event.

So make room in your diaries and mark the date, we will be expecting you!

My mission in life? To be wildly happy!

My mission in life? To be wildly happy!

Mia, Principezinho’s sister, who is now living in Italy, photographed in Superman mode by the Italian non profit photographic group Faccia da Cane, which raises awareness for dog related causes including the Macau greyhounds.
“My mission in life? To be wildly happy!”
Go Mia🙏



The cement cages at the Canidrome are all empty at last!

Eight months after the official closure of the track no greyhound is lying on damp cement anymore, or desperately seeking human contact by sticking his or her nose out from underneath the bars.

All of the Canidrome greyhounds are now somewhere else, most of them in the USA and in Europe, and those still in Macau (apart from the ones adopted there) are now in foster homes or at Anima waiting to return to Australia, where they came from such a long time ago now.

It has been an extraordinary achievement, the crowning of a dream that became reality: to save all the dogs, after the closure of the business enterprise that was literally run at the cost of their lives.

It has been a long hard campaign, with moments of both hope and disappointment, but now that it’s finally over we can be proud of the fact that yes – we did it!

All this would not have been possible without Albano Martins, a man of uncommon self abnegation, passion, clarity of vision and diplomatic and strategic skills.

My foremost and heartfelt thanks go to him. Working with him has been an honour and a great learning experience for me.

Huge thanks also to our friend and partner Christine Dorchak, and all the team at GREY2K USA Worldwide, especially Darren Rigg and Caryn Wood, and all the US rescues who took part in the adoption project.

Special thanks to my husband and Pet levrieri co-founder Massimo Grecoand our seven dogs, who have always been by my side during these two long and tiring years of hard work.

More special thanks to Macia Luparia, Eva Quinziato, Bettina Frei-Hilligardt and the whole Pet Levrieri board, and to all the Pet Levrieri associate members and friends who have helped and supported the campaign STMG and the international transport and adoption plan of the Macau greyhounds.

Thanks to our British Pet Levrieri members Isobel Deeley, Tamzi Moe Kaurand Gavin Erickson for all their precious and tireless support.

Thanks to all our adoptive and foster families.

Our grateful thanks go the following refuges in Europe:

– In the UK: the 11 British groups who took part in the project and their teams, in particular the three main coordinating rescues Greyhound Gap, CELIA CROSS GREYHOUND TRUST and Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre, alongside Forever Hounds Trust, Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary, Makants Greyhound Rescue NW, Kerry Greyhounds UK, Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue, Greyhound Rescue And Co-ordinated Emergencies, Greyhound Awareness League (GAL) (Scotland) and Action for Greyhounds;

In France: Catherine Madry and all the team at Levriers En Détresse Led;

In Germany: Greyhound Protection International e.V.;

In Croatia and Slovenia: the friends and partners of the Croatian association Udruga za udomljavanje hrtova Honey and the Slovenian association Društvo S hrti za hrte Slovenija.

A special thanks to Mandy of Anima, Dida Cx and the whole team of Anima volunteers who cared for the greyhounds at the Macau Canidrome.

Many thanks to Robin Olive Reich, to Fiona and Lily of SPCA HK and David Roche of Island Animal Welfare.

Finally, a big thank you to all the many people – campaigners, supporters, organisations and individuals – who have supported the #SaveTheMacauGreyhounds campaign for years, raising awareness via the press and public platforms, donating, sharing petitions, participating in events around the world, tweeting and sharing posts on social media. Every bit of support has made a difference!

On the 26th March 2019 silence falls forever on the empty cells of the Canidrome.

This silence is both a hope and a warning: sooner or later we will empty all the remaining race tracks still operating elsewhere in the world.

Stefania Traini
president of Pet levrieri