Target: Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy
Goal: Stop the torture of Spanish greyhounds used in hare racing.
Greyhounds used for hare hunting in Spain suffer horrific abuse at the hands of their trainers. Reports of dogs being dragged behind cars, beaten, burnt, hung by their back legs and left to die are numerous. Named galgos, the dogs are bred in certain parts of southern Spain to be used in a blood sport where they are made to chase a hare or other small bait.
If the dog takes shortcuts or doesn’t follow proper form during the race, he is considered to have “sullied” the owner’s honor. Often, the owner’s retribution involves torturing the galgo to death. Investigators have filmed dogs being dismembered, lacerated, dragged and burnt. Whether or not the dog wins, when his or her performance begins to decline–usually around three or four years of age–the dogs are killed or abandoned. Tied to rocks or trees, they are simply left to starve to death.
About 50,000 greyhounds suffer this abuse in Spain each year. These dogs are seen as objects used for entertainment and simply gotten rid of when they no longer serve their purpose. Associations and kind individuals who oppose this practice are chided and ignored. According to Irene Blanquez, author of a documentary on the galgos’ abuse, half of all Spanish deputies take part in this hunting tradition, which makes it extremely hard to abolish it.
Under Spanish law, mistreating a domestic animal can be punished with up to a year in jail, but according to European deputies, this is not applied, especially where galgos are concerned. Sign this petition to demand that this horrific practice be made illegal to save countless greyhounds from abuse and abandonment.
Dear Prime Minister Rajoy,
The horrific abuse hunting greyhounds endure in your country routinely includes being burnt, beaten, dragged behind cars or hung up by their back legs and left to die. Fifty thousand galgos are estimated to suffer this mistreatment each year, yet nothing is being done to prevent this abuse or punish the perpetrators.
Under Spanish law, mistreating a domestic animal is punishable by up to a year’s imprisonment. Nonetheless, this is never applied to the ongoing torture inflicted on galgos. Forms of entertainment that involve brutal mistreatment of innocent animals should never be condoned. These peaceful and affectionate animals are bred en masse to be overworked, beaten, tortured and finally killed or abandoned as mere objects when their “purpose” is served.
Please take steps to stop this abuse by banning this cruel practice and punishing the perpetrators. Please also offer support to the organizations working hard to protect and rehome these animals.
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Photo credit: Omar Curros Simon