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