Target: Rosa Aguilar Rivero, Spain’s Environmental Minister
Goal: Stop the cruel hanging of thousands of Greyhounds at the end of Spain’s hunting season.
Greyhounds, referred to as ‘Galgos’ in Spanish, are commonly used as sporting dogs in Spain. They are most commonly used to hunt hares and other forms of small game. According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals, tens of thousands of Spanish Greyhounds are cruelly hung to death every year at the end of the hunting season. Dogs who had more successful hunting seasons are reportedly rewarded for their talents by being hung higher up or with shorter ropes, allowing them a quicker death. Dogs who preformed poorly during the hunting season are commonly hung on longer ropes, so that their feet just barely touch the ground, forcing them to suffer a prolonged and torturous death.
Ex-hunting dogs who are not hung don’t face much better fates. In life, most Galgos are kept in deplorable conditions. Many of them are abandoned, or forced to suffer cruel deaths, such as being burned alive. Killing hunting dogs after the hunting season is over seems to be a tradition for many Spanish hunters. The methods used to kill the dogs are rarely humane.
These blatant acts of cruelty are not currently illegal in Spain, because the country’s animal protection laws apply only to dogs that are considered to be pets. Sporting, hunting, and stray dogs are not classified as pets, and thus not protected by anti-cruelty laws. By signing the petition below, you are sending the message to the government of Spain that the acts of cruelty against Spanish hunting and sporting dogs should not be tolerated. Urge the Spanish government to create new laws that protect the welfare of all animals, rather than just those of pets.
Dear Rosa Aguilar Rivero,
This letter is on behalf of the tens of thousands of Spanish Greyhounds, or “Galgos ,” who are tortured and abused in your country each year. After brief, often times harsh, lives serving as sporting and hunting dogs, the corpses of these dogs can commonly be seen dangling from the trees they were hung on. The dogs who manage to avoid this particular fate don’t usually fare much better, most of them eventually ending up tortured and buried in mass graves.
These blatant acts of cruelty should not be legal. Just because an animal is used for a purpose, such as hunting, does not mean that it doesn’t deserve the same level of respect extended to pet animals. Hunting, sporting, and stray dogs are living creatures, not objects to be treated like trash.
Please consider creating new laws to protect the welfare of all animals in Spain. Extend the current animal protection laws to include all animals rather than just pets, or implement new laws to protect the welfare of sporting and stray dogs in Spain.
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