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陳朗熹/奔向終點然後呢?澳門賽狗的最後時光
6百多隻格力⽝
Greyhound,是一種用在狩獵和競速的狗,牠是陸上速度僅次於獵豹的哺乳類動物之一,運動速度可高達72公里/小時。
,一生在賽場上以追逐電兔
賽狗場上,用以刺激犬隻追逐的機械誘餌,做成白色兔子的模樣。
、向前奔馳為目標,為⼈類帶來歡愉、刺激和金錢。隨著亞洲唯⼀合法的賽狗場結業,牠們看似終於能稍作休息,事實上等待著牠們的是難以預測的未來。
澳⾨逸園賽狗場於1931年開始營業,曾經見證過澳⾨賭博業最風光的時刻,但隨著新興賭博活動以及保護動物的意識愈來愈強,賽狗場的入場人數和博彩收入都⼤不如前,如今因專營合約到期,已宣布將於2018年7月21日正式關閉,最後一場賽事也在6月30日完滿結束。
過去80餘載,每場賽事均在晚上進行,由6⾄8隻格力犬穿上不同顏色的戰衣出賽,比賽前由領犬員帶領他們從狗房到賽道旁的沙圈熱熱⾝,在場人士可以透過螢幕即時觀看狗隻狀態進行投注。每隻格力犬都有個好運吉利的名字:「賞金獵⼈」、「發達年」、「力戰神武」,大概是希望牠們能為賭客帶來好運,賺個盤滿缽滿。
往日熱鬧的看台,如今只剩數十個上了年紀的賭客,在格力犬衝線的一刻,賭客們都異常平靜,對勝負無動於衷。
格力犬在賽場勞碌一生,受傷了就被逼退役或遭到人道毁滅。一個狗主可以同時擁有數百隻狗,但對終日在賽場的格力犬而言,牠們只為自己的主人們而戰,甚至一生只為追逐驅動電兔的卡車而生。
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格力犬認養聯繫單位

澳門逸園公司: http://www.macauyydog.com/ 澳門愛護動物協會:https://www.animamacau.org/zh-hant/

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What's Beyond The Finish Line? Countdown For Macau's Racing Greyhounds

The Macau Canidrome's 600 greyhounds have spent a lifetime chasing electrified rabbits for the pleasure of humans. As the only legal dog-racing stadium in Asia closes for good this year, what waits for these dogs beyond the finish line is not a life of rest and retirement, but an unpredictable future.
The Yat Yuen Canidrome Company opened in 1931 and was witness to one of the grandest eras in Macau’s gambling industry. But over the years, the number of gamblers and revenue at the Canidrome declined, giving rise to new casinos and a raised awareness about animal protection.
With its dog-racing franchise contract expiring, the last race at the Canidrome finished on June 30, 2018, and the stadium announced it would be closing its doors for good on July 21, 2018.
Over the past 80 years, every Canidrome event has been held in the evening. Before the races got underway, dog handlers would escort six to eight greyhounds from the kennel to a dirt patch next to the track, where gamblers could observe the dogs from a live screen, and decide which dog to place their bets on.
The greyhounds would wear brightly coloured uniforms, and be given names like "Bounty Hunter," "Prosperous Year," or "Hercules" with the hopes that they would bring good luck to gamblers.
But the noisy Canidrome bleachers of yesteryear have since become silent. Today, only a dozen or so elderly gamblers watch the greyhounds cross the finish line with eerie calmness, as if they had nothing to do with the result.
Even though the greyhounds toiled away half a lifetime for this racetrack, once they’re injured, the dogs are forced to retire or are put down.
A dog owner could potentially own hundreds of dogs at the same time, while the dogs live only to fight another night on the tracks for their masters. For most of these greyhounds, their only reason for living is to chase an electrified rabbit across the finish line.
More English reads, please click here.

Greyhound adoption contact information:

Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome Company: http://www.macauyydog.com/

Society for the Protection of Animals (Macau): http://www.animamacau.org/

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