Spaniards with their
I traveled to Spain in search of the origin
of the Galgo.
Galgos are used as a huntingtool by farmers
in Spain, they usually live in barnes in numbers in excess of 10 dogs.
Most never see the light of day. The huntingseason is from september until
Due to recent publications about hanging of Galgos more and more of these
dogs are brought to shelters. the Scooby
shelter alone had some 500 dogs in it's facility on march 2002.
Some Galgos end up on the streets and become strays, other Galgos however
die a horrible death, torture, burning, empalement, lynching and being
buried alive is a common means of disposal for these beautiful creatures.
Some are even thrown into a steep dry water-resevoir.These practices have
their roots in the tradition of the spanish nobility. After the huntingseason
was over, rich landowners killed their Greyhounds and Galgos with horrendous
methods to prove their status to their subjects. Still these practices
go on in modern days, this time by 'ordinary' Galgo and Greyhound owners.
The Spanish governement does not punish animal abusers. Even when certain
regions have rules against animal cruelty, the Guardia Civil does not
enforce these rules.
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