Last Saturday, i have been to Macau for a short getaway.
So, to experience new things that i can’t see in Singapore, i went to Canidrome. It is the only place in Asia for greyhound racing. The idea is somehow similar to horse racing, where you can bet on which dog to win the 1st place per race.
Well, it was interesting. At first, the trainer will bring their dogs to walk on the track first before the race start. I was being told that the reason behind this is for the audience to take a look at the dogs and see their ‘conditions’ to determine which one will win the upcoming race.
And then, the trainers will listen to the in-charge to stand by their dogs for the race.
Well, for horses, they will only lead the horse to station at their positions. For dogs, they will force the dogs into a enclosed gate which is just enough space for them to stand facing thee track. They are unable to move, turn or even lie down. i believe inside is dark and cold,as the gate is made of metal.
I can even hear dogs crying in fear and wanting to get out so badly.
Once everything is done, the in-charge will open the gate and the dogs will dash forward chasing a man-made rabbit which will be moving along the tracks.
Well, i felt sad for them. i mean, they are meant to be human’s bestfriend. However, they are been used for purely human entertainment. Taking them for granted, and satisfying their gambling needs.
The cry that the dogs gave are not aggressive, but begging people to let them get out of there.
I have watched a documentary of dogs to become submissive. Dogs should be quite aggressive by nature. When you are being attacked, a natural reaction will be to fight back and defend yourself. Same goes for the dogs too, they will use force or bite if they feel threaten.
Sadly to say, not for those that i saw at Greyhound racing.
They are submissive, and sort of foresee all things that are gonna be happening to them. They are so unnaturally obedient. Can you imagine how much has they been through to this extent?
I don’t know how well the trainers are treating them on normal day. One thing for sure is that, they do not enjoy doing this.
It is a different case for horse racing. You can see that the jockeys are treating their own individual horse really well. They will brush them, train them and let them have the best dietary habit to win the race.
What i see from the greyhounds, they are skinny with strong body muscles. To me, they are just form with bone, skin and muscles. That’s all.
i do hope that they are not being abused by their trainers, or being starved as a punishment for doing badly for the race. And, what pain me the most is that, they put their faith in human beings, but we let them down without feeling guilty or remorseful. At least, i see none from the trainers or from any of the gamblers out there.