At one stage in their lives, these Australian #greyhounds were the toast of their owners and were earmarked as future kings and queens of the track.
But after the curtain fell on their fleeting careers, they were onsold to China, where today their twilight years pass by in slow motion, trapped in a animal tourist park in Shanghai.
Each day, the #dogs languish alone in hot, dark concrete cells until it is their turn to briefly entertain day trippers in one of the zoo's latest demeaning attractions: A "one-hundred-metre race show" between "African Cheetah and Australian Greyhound" for the title of "fastest in #animal kingdom." Footage showed distressed greyhounds peering out of elevated, squalid cells where they were housed in solitary confinement. Elsewhere, short runs, where the dogs go to the toilet and supposedly get exercise, offered no water and practically no shade from the searing sun. Their only respite, a daily dash around a track deemed completely unfit for dog racing. During the investigation, #AnimalsAustralia aired claims from locals that once the dogs were injured and of no further use, they were fed live to the park's predators, such as big cats.
It's not a lost cause just yet," she said. "The park has mentioned money and said they would be willing to work with us in letting us have the dogs but we have to go through the Shanghai government. So far, it's been impossible to get anyone there to talk to me." Lyn White, from Animals Australia, said: "We had hoped that the greyhound industry would seek to negotiate the release of these Australian greyhounds. #animalwelfare #animalrights #animalcruelty #activism #compassion #activism #sunday #zoo #help #awareness #protest #dogsofinsta #dog #dogs