BGP has a sister rescue called Candy Cane Rescue specifically set up to help Greyhounds in China.
Candy Cane Rescue was set up by Kerry Elliman, founder of Birmingham Greyhound Protection, based in the UK on 25th of June 2017. The charity’s aim is to help provide a safe environment in which greyhounds rescued from the Chinese meat trade can be cared for. Also, we repatriate them to the UK or Europe and find them loving homes. Greyhounds are exported from Ireland, the UK and Australia by breeders and owners to race in China and are kept in the most awful conditions
Many have already spent their entire life racing and should be allowed to retire in their old age. Instead they are sent to a country which has NO ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS to race or breed.
Greyhounds are also sent to Shanghai Wildlife Park where, locals report, they are fed alive to big cats and other predators and forced to race against Cheetahs for entertainment.
When they have outlived their usefullness many end up in the meat trade to be beaten, hung, boiled or skinned alive.
We also try to save any puppies who are a product of breeding, when we can, in an effort to prevent them from experiencing a life of misery.
Kerry felt the charity needed to be set up when it’s namesake ‘Candy’ was killed by another dog just the day before she was due to fly to the UK to be rehomed. Candy Cane can now ensure that rescued greyhounds in China can be kennelled with other greyhounds safely until they are well enough to travel.
We couldn’t make this happen without the brilliant and brave Chinese activists and rescues who we work hand in hand with. Candy Cane Rescue is an organisation of hope. Hope that one day the export of greyhounds and the meat trade of dogs will end.