Macau (MNA) – Albano Martins, the president of the Society for the Protection of Animals (Anima), reiterated on Wednesday his stance on the fate of some 650 greyhounds affected by the impending closure of Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Co. Ltd.; namely, that Anima and other associations be allowed to assume responsibility for the dogs.
In a release issued today, Mr. Martins said that his first stance is for Anima and its international partners to supervise and take ‘full responsibility’ for the greyhounds on the premises under the supervision of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM).
Anima claims that it has recruited 47 international organisations to this cause, although the society would need to acquire proper authorisation from the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) to recruit the required staff.
The second proposal made by the Anima president was that the Canidrome be allowed by the Macau SAR Government to stay for one more year in order to re-home all greyhounds under the supervision of the IACM.
However, Martins cautions that this extension should include the condition that no greyhounds be sent to Mainland China, which has no animal welfare laws, and that the Canidrome co-operate fully with other animal organisations to relocate and look after the welfare of the dogs.