Sandra Baas of Baas Galgo has just sent notice about an article which has appeared in one of Spain's largest newspapers and written by a famous Spanish journalist. Please, dear readers, shout out loud in the comments section - under the photo it says 'Es tu escribo' - click on that to comment.
This is a basic translation.
April 10, 2010
The galgueros are the most humble people of the hunt. A few days ago in Guadalajara, some 300 members held a meeting and asked me to speak out in their defence. I was honoured. I was told there is pressure on them and they are considered unjust. We agreed that it was imperative to end the few, and very few, couple of dozen complaints a year, as there is clearly organised propaganda about cases of abuse and brutality. It must be made clear to those scoundrels, the bench and Justice.
But the greyhound and galgueros need to know the truth. Because the appalling and amazing lie than 50,000 dogs slaughtered every year is one of those whoppers that is based on repeated lies well-meaning and ignorant people.
The real problem with dogs and galgueros today is very different. It's called theft. It is a continual and growing problem. There are thousands each year stolen from their owners and caregivers, attacking their kennels and even their homes. A valuable galgo is well worth a lot of money and stealing and selling has become a business.
Also we get upset when terrible pictures are shown, which upsets our stomach. Because that's the base. The thieves, either because they can not sell the galgo or because they do not serve them are often the perpetrators of these dirty tricks, which then fall like boiling oil on the entire group of hunters. Criminalizing it is an unfair game. Reported as murderers of dogs.