OH and Bracken were lucky this morning. They had just got back to the car after a lovely walk along the river bank when a BMW 4x4 pulled up with 3 boisterous dogs inside. Luckily the owner didn't let them out until OH had put Bracken in the car, whereupon she opened the tailgate and the 3 dogs flew out leaping around. Bracken isn't very friendly towards other dogs now, so it could have been an unpleasant situation! Having said that, their owner should train them to wait in the car till she gives permission to leave, it's what we do with our dogs.
I've copied this story from the facebook page of GalgoPod Andco, report of a meeting with galgueros in 2016. Sadly, for all the efforts of all the rescue associations and fosterers and adoptants, the situation has not changed. Except I would say there are not so many reports of galgos being hung...the galgueros are very well aware of the bad publicity it gives them!
'MEETINGS WITH THE GALGUEROS
A tall and strong man, rustic, he could almost seem friendly to us if we didn't know he's a galguero. We meet him in town to meet his galgo, the one he wants to ′′ offer a nice retirement ′′ because he's ′′ the best hunter he's ever had ", a kind of reward for hunting years and the prestige that he made his master rejoice. Isn't having the best dog a hunter's dream...
The man knows perfectly how we treat our galgos in France, this dog's mother was adopted a few years ago and he's seen pictures, he wants this life for his dog, but can't afford it... Marie Angelique shows a photo of his galgas comfortably installed on the corner sofa, he's not surprised, that's what he wants for his dog.
The man is proud of his galgo, scrolling it in front of us, like on display, and the dog lends itself perfectly. He detaches him, we're downtown, the dog doesn't move, he listens to his finger and eye and looks at his galguero with the eyes of love. But that look is also borrowed from fear. There is an undeniable complicity between the two, showing the dog's unfailing loyalty to his owner, whatever the conditions.
The greyhounds of Ireland and English also suffer a hellish life at the hands of the breeders and trainers, no matter what the claims of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain - they are also lying bastards just like the Spanish galgueros. CAGED Nationwide makes sure the truth is publicised.
'The greyhound exports to Pakistan gets a full page exposure in the Sunday People, thank you to editor Amy Sharpe who put this fantastic article together.'
Regular readers will recall that back in October 2016 I was invited to the first PAES conference to talk about the plight of the galgos and podencos and other hunting dogs in Spain. There I met Raquel, a Spanish lawyer very active in taking animal abusers to court. She had started running courses for anyone involved in animal welfare - judges, police, vets, other lawyers - on how to prepare cases to prosecute animal abusers.
This has now been further developed so that anyone can sign up for the courses. Click on this weblink to read more. Let's hope that many law enforcers, including and especially in the Canary Islands, will sign up and take action to help protect the hunting hounds of Spain
Please help with the vet bill for this shelter. Toledo is a hell hole for galgos, there have been court cases against some galgueros there in the past.
Two galgas Xia and Julia found in a lamentable state with an eye coming out of orbit and a head wound. They had surgery but the bill is heavy and the sick are numerous in this shelter that welcomes the rescue. So a little paw for these girls who only have one eye left.
Thank you for them. Donate through the website link.
On March 11 2021, a letter from the European Parliament, underlining that the treatment of hunting dogs in Spain goes against European values and does not comply with Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which obliges Member States of the EU to adapt its legislation to recognize animals as sentient beings, was sent to the 17 autonomous communities and the government. This letter expresses the deep concern that Europe feels about this situation.
We are very happy to have participated in the research and writing of this document, which comes with recommendations on what to do to start solving a problem that not only affects thousands of animals in Spain, but also society as a whole.