Below is a letter composed by Vivienne Wharton of Animal Welfare Support Murcia which she is asking as many people as possible to email to Seprona, the division of the Spanish Guardia Civil which is responsible for animal welfare. Copy and paste the letter into an email or Word document, add your name to the bottom of the letter after Vivienne's, plus members of your family, friends, any local organisation to which you belong etc. The more names added, the better!
Email the letter to
I am writing to you on behalf of many people who are members of our group, who want to appeal to you to improve the welfare of animals in Spain. This appeal comes from people not only in Spain but all over Europe and the rest of the world.
Our members have heard of the atrocity that befalls the Spanish hunting dogs at the end of each hunting season; our members are desperate for the Spanish government, the Guardia Civil and Seprona, the European government and whoever else who can take action and help, to listen to this appeal on behalf of the suffering animals who cannot speak for themselves.
Some of us came to live in Spain because we consider it a beautiful country, but heavily tainted by animal cruelty. Because of the depths of this cruently, we cannot live happily until we are at peace. We need to know that the laws which exist will protect the hunting dogs from the extreme and barbaric cruelty that is inflicted on by people who should know better and only do this because they can. Enforce the laws so these peoplecannot carry out this unacceptable behavior in this modern world.
The majority of us are educated about the welfare and understanding of animals and Spain needs to join the rest of the world in this understanding, for the sake of the next generations. The young generation in Spain wants this too.
As human beings we do not like to suffer or feel pain; animals also suffer and feel pain, so why is it necessary for hunting dogs or any animal to feel the incredible pain that they have to endure? Could we humans endure being hung from a tree slowly and helplessly, burnt alive, drowned, beaten, or simply murdered? Some who are not murdered are left stranded in the countryside with no food, water or protection – WHY? These are not wild animals and therefore cannot survive alone; they are domestic creatures which we have bred and need to take responsibility for. They don't ask to be born.
So, on behalf of hundreds of thousands people in Europe and the rest of the world and of course in Spain, we ask that you address this problem. The publicity that is filtering out to other countries is that Spain is a cruel country and many do not want to visit because of this reason, we know this to be true. The power of the internet now makes the news of this spread far and wide, more than ever before; so we urge you to take notice of how this makes Spain look in the eyes of the world.
The only way is to change this and that is by making very tough laws against the cruelty. Wardens and protectors should be alert during the hunting season against the abuse. Education should be implemented for the Hunters. The hunters can learn how to treat their dogs, how to get the best health and performance from their dogs. There is much evidence to show that there are many alternative ways that will help the hunters to have better dogs, if they treat them in the right way. There are many people who are willing to teach and educate this.
We thank you for listening to us and hope that you will look very seriously and quickly at Spain’s problem of the hunting dog’s plight.
Please have empathy with us for this terrible atrocity and take notice that the world will not tolerate this anymore. We live in the 21st century and Spain’s animal welfare laws have to come into this century very quickly.
"we can define the degree of civilization of a nation by how they treat animals " Ghandi.
On behalf of 'Animal Welfare Support Murcia' and 'Animal Care Treatment International Network' Spain