Qantas will cease racing greyhound freight services to Asia following damning revelations hundreds of the Australian animals deemed too “slow” are becoming exported to the region.
The exportation is in breach of racing guidelines and the animals suffer in shocking situations.
Qantas issued a statement, creating mention of an ABC 7.30 report which revealed the practice.
“We share your issues about the disturbing story that appeared on the 7.30 Report earlier in the week,” it mentioned.
“The piece was seen by a lot of members of our team. In the previous we have transported a small number of racing greyhounds to Asia.
“Nonetheless in light of the story we have made the decision to no longer supply racing greyhound freight services to Asia.”
The airline also tweeted yesterday: “In light of the current ‘7.30 Report’ story, we’ve decided to no longer provide racing greyhound freight services to Asia.”
It was in response to a tweet from an “animal activist” asking: “Is it true that you will not transport racing greyhounds to Asian countries?”
Animals Australia has welcomed the move, labelling the choice a “game-changer”.
“The export of these dogs not only condemned them to a death sentence but was in blatant breach of the industry’s personal guidelines,” it mentioned on its site.
“Qantas is a single of only two commercial airlines that flies straight to Hong Kong — the gateway for Australian greyhounds into Asia.
“The other is Cathay Pacific and they have also now confirmed that they do not transport racing greyhounds.”
An exclusive six-month investigation by 7.30, combined with proof gathered by Animals Australia in Macau, China and Vietnam, identified dozens of Australian trainers and owners who have exported their dogs to Asia.
Whilst not illegal, the export of greyhounds with out the essential passport is against the guidelines of racing.
Penalties incorporate fines and disqualification from the sport.
Australian dogs are racing around the clock at the former Portuguese colony of Macau’s dilapidated track known as the Canidrome, and are frequently sustaining injuries, with a disturbing 100 per cent euthanasia rate.
As numerous as 800 dogs are housed at the Canidrome, with racing held 5 nights a week on a track that is too difficult.
Monthly shipments of up to 30 Australian greyhounds aid to replace the underperforming dogs that are often euthanased at the facility.
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