Galgo supporter Valarie Wolf has kindly composed this letter to send to the European Commission and MEPs.
Please copy and paste it and send it to the European Commissioner, you will find other relevant addresses on this weblink.
Thank you for your help and support, Valarie, as always it is very much appreciated.
Snr José Manuel Barroso
President of the European Commission
Due to the world wide reach of the internet, it is impossible to hide most anything from anyone who owns a computer. We live in a global community where news is shared instantaneously on a daily basis.
By now you must certainly be aware of the huge volume of news on the internet denouncing Spain as a tourist destination. The reason? Not Al-Qaeda, not bad weather, not lack of sightseeing but for the atrocious treatment of animals in that country.
You have undoubtedly heard about the plight of the Spanish Galgo - from the moment they are born until the moment they die they know nothing but suffering and misery. They are fed nothing more than stale mouldy bread, and ‘live’ in oppressive cold dreary conditions. Come the end of January, after they are used for hunting and the season ends, the massacre of the Galgo begins.
The way these animals are killed is worse than any horror movie you will ever see. These animals are hung from trees, thrown down deep wells, dragged behind cars, shot, bludgeoned, as well as being abandoned en mass to meet their fate with a speeding car or slowly starve to death. News has just been released stating some are donated by hunters for veterinary students and subsequently embalmed ALIVE. Please take a moment, clear your head, and think about this. The anguish they feel is impossible to imagine.
Thus far, Spain’s answer to all the aforementioned atrocities committed on these dogs is to deny that any of this happens. It is quite obvious that this kind of attitude does nothing to improve their awful worldwide reputation for being one of the worst EU countries regarding animal welfare.
Just very recently, the Swedish government was criticized by animal protection and conservation organizations across Europe in December, after it authorized 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.
Spain is the only country which still allows hunting with Galgos. The mass murder of 50,000 sentient beings per year simply for the sake of a few mens’ ‘entertainment’ is clearly unacceptable. The trail of bloodshed and misery is unbearable.
The EU MUST implement protection for the Spanish Galgos which will ensure they can live a life free from the immense torture they face on a daily basis.
Thank you for your time.
Email form to complete here
The new Commissioners
Agriculture and Rural Development is Dacien Ciolos - write to him at the EC address as above in Belgium
Health & Consumer Policy is John Dalli - address as before
Regional Policy is Johannes Hann - address as before
Also perhaps a copy to the Spanish President, Snr Zapatero
The Prime Minister of Spain
Senor J L R Zapatero
Palacio de la Moncloa
Edf. Semillas 28071
I think the dog massacre is disgusting. Please, stop it.
Posted by: Vidar Johannessen | 26 July 2010 at 07:52 AM
it is indeed disgusting and i decided many years ago not to travel to Spain..
Posted by: nicholas | 02 January 2011 at 12:08 PM
Maybe one day the tables will be turned !
Posted by: willetta | 11 January 2011 at 02:33 AM
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Let us pray it will!
Hope you have sent your letter off.
Thanks for supporting the galgos.
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 13 January 2011 at 10:37 AM
CONOZCO LA SITUACIÓN DE LOS POBRES GALGOS EN ESPAÑA . ES TERRÓRIFICA . IMPROPIA DE UN PAIS CIVILIZADO . ME ROMPE EL CORAZÓN . LA CRUELDAD HUMANA CONTRA LOS ANIMALES NO TIENE LÍMITES . YO HAGO TODO LO QUE PUEDO PARA ALIVIAR ESTA SITUACIÓN , PERO ES SÓLO UN GRANITO DE ARENA . POR FAVOR , QUE ALGUIEN PARE LA MASACRE DE LOS GALGOS EN ESPAÑA .
Posted by: MARIA SONIA ESTRADA-SOLERO | 15 June 2011 at 11:24 AM
i have sent 4 letters up to now to the spanish priminister all from different people will be sending more out as soon as i can this torture must end
Posted by: jenny | 04 August 2011 at 06:33 PM
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great, jen, the more the better
thanks on behalf o9f the innocents who cant fight
make a difference
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 04 August 2011 at 07:11 PM
I've spent a long time trying to find where I can email Snr José Manuel Barroso, it is impossible to find. Where can I email him? There isn't a link provided! I want to copy and paste the above letter to him and other MEP's but this website is very difficult to use and I've been unable to email anyone. Can you help? Lily, England
Posted by: Lily | 05 April 2012 at 12:42 AM
I managed to find the link, it is http://ec.europa.eu/archives/commission_2004-2009/president/index_en.htm
I will write to the other MEP's tomorrow. It is so upsetting to read this. I want it to stop. Why o why do people have to be cruel? I have cried for these poor poor babies...I wish I could adopt them all..
Posted by: Lily | 05 April 2012 at 12:49 AM
If there was an email address, a link would be provided. You don't email, you copy and paste this letter into a word document, print off and post. Email boxes for politicians get blocked. Very often they do not publicise an email address. Also, if you ant to write to other MEPs, there is a page on Galgo News which gives a link to where to find your MEP. All the information is there, just put the key words into the search box.
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 05 April 2012 at 08:20 AM
Lily, Check out this post.http://www.galgonews.com/2010/02/letter-to-the-ec-write-to-spains-meps-too-stop-the-annual-galgo-massacre.html
However, the above post is one from last year, the Spanish Prime Minister has now changed - new government, and there are more recent letter-writing campaigns if you put words like 'letter writing campaign' in the search box on GN homepage.
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 05 April 2012 at 08:28 AM
Nicholas please, come back to Spain (to Scooby shelter in Medina del Campo) and try to help people who are fighting against this plight in our country. Sure you are wellcome at Scooby galgo rescue.
If you don´t travel to Spain simply you are ignoring the issue, don´t solving it.
Luis del Caño, Scooby galgo rescue volunteer
Posted by: Luis del Caño | 21 September 2012 at 09:16 AM