There are stories coming out of Spain now saying that the story of the balming of galgos at Cordoba University was the work of someone posing as a student at the university. I have seen copies of documents containing the original information. We have a saying in the UK 'no smoke without fire' - which means that there has to be an element of truth in a story.
I will continue with my investigations, as will others, as this has now stirred up quite a hornet's nest.
This has just come through from the EuroGroup for Animals newsletter.
Swedish wolf hunt condemned
The Swedish government was criticised by animal protection and conservation organisations across Europe in December, after it authorised the killing of a substantial proportion of the country’s wolf population. No less than 12,000 applied to hunt 27 wolves, the set quota. The majority of animals were killed on the first day of what was believed to be a less than humane hunt. Sweden’s wolf population has only just started to recover after the species became seriously endangered in the 1970s. For this reason, wolves have not been hunted there for over 45 years. Wolves are a protected species under the EU’s Habitats Directive, but may be killed if they threaten livestock or a country’s economic situation.
So why can't the EU condemn what happens to Spain's galgos?!!
The following people in the European Parliament have 'recognised the need for improved animal welfare in Europe'.
John Dalli, the candidate Commissioner for Health and Consumers, stated that animal health and animal welfare will be core issues during his time in office.
Agriculture Commissioner is Dacian Cioloş.
Janez Potočnik is the proposed Environment Commissioner.
I have to admit that at the moment I am heavily occupied with completing a project which is intended for release whilst Spain has the EU presidency. So if anyone would like to compose a letter to all these people and the EU President about the balming and the galgo massacre now under way in Spain, then I will post it on Galgo News for all to copy, paste and send off. This is the link to all the MEPs too.
I misunderstood the story of these galgos. Cobie tells the story
Today I found out through one of my Spanish contacts that the abandoning, hanging and in other ways mistreating of the galgos for some people just is not yet enough and now they abuse them in an even, I think, more cruel way than you ever could guess.
To embalm a dog, formaldehyde is injected in the vein while the dog is still alive,then take all the blood out of the galgo by which treatment the dog of course dies. They then fill the veins with a chemical fluid which keeps the corpses conserved for many, many years. This is called balming but I am sure you heard about this. So they have a big storage of dead dogs which they use for their studies. In many countries, eg. in Holland, this way of study is forbidden, there are new and technical very good new ways to do a vet study.