Slaughter continues out of public view as workers harass reporters

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 12:00am

The weekly cull of retired racehorses continued in Macau last week, five days after the gruesome practice was exposed by the Sunday Morning Post.

But unlike the previous week, the animals were shot well out of public view, away from a road outside the racecourse in Taipa.

Again, six horses were shot in the head and their bleeding carcasses dumped in a landfill on Coloane island. Also dumped on Thursday were the carcasses of more than 20 greyhounds from Macau's canidrome.

The Macau Jockey Club later told the Post that five of the horses were suffering from incurable conditions and one had a broken leg.

While waiting at a roadside overlooking the racecourse, reporters were constantly shouted at by workers from the racecourse, who accused them of jeopardising their livelihoods by reporting on the slaughter of the horses.

Just as before, the bleeding carcasses of the six horses were dumped in a hole and an excavator swiftly buried them after a garbage worker covered the bodies with a bucketful of lime. The whole process lasted 10 minutes.

One truck driver transporting a load of dead horses had to be ordered by a public health official to carry on with the job after he tried to drive away reporters.