The governing body of Greyhound Racing in New South Wales, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has charged 179 owners and trainers with allegedly illegally exporting greyhounds to Macau in contravention of NSW Greyhound Racing Rules.
An investigation began in December over dogs being exported to the former Portuguese enclave, which is not in compliance with Australian animal welfare standards. Greyhounds Australasia, who is responsible for issuing certified pedigrees and greyhound passports, has not recognized Macau as an acceptable destination for dogs since 2013.
Any greyhounds exported from Australia, except those heading to New Zealand, must have a certified pedigree from Greyhounds Australasia as well as a greyhound passport.
If the industry participants charged after the investigation by GRNSW’s new Investigation and Intelligence unit and headed up by experienced sports-matters barrister Adrian Anderson results in guilt findings, the trainers and owners could be banned from the sport, face suspensions, and fines.
The dogs that were tracked as part of the inquiry were allegedly destined for and delivered to the Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome. Last November, the track that opened under Portuguese rule in 1963 was able to garner a one-year license renewal amid allegations from Albano Martins of Anima, that the racers were being treated inhumanely. A six month investigative report by abc.net.au and others was released in December, which seems to have been the impetus of GRNSW’s official inquiry that resulted in the charges.