Open petition to save galgos in Spain
The Spanish greyhound is a breed used both for hunting and for racing in different regions of Spain, especially in Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y León.
It is estimated that around 50,000 greyhounds and other hunting dogs are abandoned in Spain annually, with 5,000 abandonments in Seville alone.
There is a pressing need to address the problem through new animal protection legislation.
The petition 'Save the Galgos', launched by AnimaNaturalis, aims to:
- Achieve a state animal welfare framework law that ensures maximum protection for these animals, and the modification of the animal protection laws of each Autonomous Community, as well as tougher penalties for neglect and abuse;
- Make sure that "rehalas" (groups of between 16 to 40 hunting dogs) are no longer considered objects of "cultural interest", eliminating all public subsidies intended to promote this practice;
- Prosecute the mistreatment and abandonment of these animals so that no case goes unpunished before the law;
- Ban the training of greyhounds tied to motor vehicles.
The petition is nearing its goal of achieving 10,000 signatures in support of the initiative. Read more and support the petition here.