Outlaw the torturous practice of inhumanly killing the Spanish Greyhound.
  • Petitioning THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT

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The Embassy of Spain in the US
THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT
The Spanish Consulate Chicago
Maria Teresa Gancedo Nieto

Outlaw the torturous practice of inhumanly killing the Spanish Greyhound.

    1. Mary LaRusso
    2. Petition by

      Mary LaRusso

      Chicago, IL

These dogs are brutally murdered at the end of hunting season in Spain. Thousands of them are abandoned, many are hung from trees, thrown down wells, shot, poisoned. Hunters overbreed these dogs in atrocious conditions, feeding them moldy bread, and keeping them in dark, cold surroundings. Thus far, the Spanish government has turned a blind eye as to the plight of the Galgos - or Spanish Greyhound.

The Spanish Greyhound, is one of the most persecuted dog breeds. Galgos are used to hunt hares in the Spanish countryside. They spend their lives in damp, tiny, dirty holes or... windowless shacks deprived of daylight, exercise and affection. They are typically fed only water and stale bread. At the end of the hunting season, countless are abandoned or worse.

Spanish Galgo
Sadly, the Galgo’s native land still views it as a second-class animal and few Spaniards will own them as pets. They are bred carelessly and used for hunting by galgueros (Galgo handlers). At the end of the hunting season in Spain, the Galgos deemed worthless or too costly to maintain are destroyed in a variety of inhumane ways – including being hanged, dumped into abandoned wells, shot, and even burned to death.
The lucky ones are rescued by a handful of shelters in Spain, operated by dedicated individuals. Almost all of the resources to help the dogs come from outside of Spain, namely the U.S., U.K., Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland and Germany.
There are a handful of Spanish shelters dedicated to saving the Galgos and other unwanted animals of Spain. Although more and more galgueros are willing to give their unwanted dogs to the shelters, the abuse and torture of Galgos continues. Organizations like GRIN are dedicated to the welfare of the Spanish Galgo and sighthounds worldwide, and assist the Spanish shelters with adoption, veterinary care, and fundraising.

Take a look at these photos, and read more about how absolutely cruel they are to these animals - these poor souls need to be saved from these monsters. Here's the link to this website: http://sosgalgos.com/?lang=en

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    1. UPDATE! YouTube Video Now Available to Help Save the Spanish Greyhound!

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Please watch and Share this short yet powerful video to help raise awareness about the helpless Galgos that suffer so horribly at the hands of these Spanish monsters - this needs to stop now! Here's a link to the video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjK5ziMo7NA&feature=youtu.be

      Thank you!

    2. UPDATE! March 12, 2014 SOS Galgos and others will be going to CONGRESS!

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS - PETITIONERS PLEASE SHARE!

      Tomorrow the 12th of March is the big day. SOS GALGOS (oficial) with Anna Clements and SPCA International, along with other incredible Associations will be going to the Congress to defend and protect animal rights. Hopefully and thanks to all of the Associations like them will help to finally abolish hunting with greyhounds. SO many thanks to all of you!!!

      Share your latest development here.

    3. UPDATE!! WHY the hunters think torturing these poor creatures is OK...

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      In Spain there is a widespread hunting tradition that involves torturing and killing approximately 60,000 Greyhounds (Galgos) a year. Greyhounds are repeatedly abused and starved by hunters during the hunting season and then left to die a slow gruesome death when they are deemed no longer useful.

      It is believed that the longer the dogs suffer, the more prosperous the following hunting season will be.

      WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHARE THIS PETITION AND SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE "TRADITION"! TORTURING HELPLESS GALGOS IS NOT A TRADITION - IT'S EXTREME CRUELTY THAT NEEDS TO BE OUTLAWED NOW!!!

      Thank you!

      Share your latest development here.

    4. UPDATE!! Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMEHeadline

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      In English: DOCUMTARY FROM WAGGINGTALE FILMS premieres "February, fear Greyhounds".
      It is a self-financed independent documentary produced to publicize the plight of the greyhound in Spain, and to promote a change in social consciousness!

      In Spanish: Waggingtale Films estrena el "Febrero, el miedo de los galgos".
      Se trata de un documental independiente y autofinanciado, producido para divulgar la terrible situación del galgo en España, y para promover un cambio en la conciencia social!

      PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE FEBRUARY DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS FOR VIEWING THE DOCUMENTARY, AND PLEASE SHARE, TWEET, POST THIS VERY IMPORTANT NEWS SO OTHERS CAN HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS VERY IMPORTANT FILM THAT WILL HELP OUR CAUSE TREMENDOUSLY AND HELP SAVE SPANISH GREYHOUND. THANK YOU!!!

      Click on this link:
      https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/539588479461209/?previousaction=join&source=1

      Share your latest development here.

    5. Reached 20,000 signatures
    6. Save the Spanish Greyhound - Updates!

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Hello Petitioners!
      It's been a tough summer. The MEP failed to sign the Declaration back in July, so this BARBARIC practice continues to be legal in Spain. Simply outrageous. BUT we are not defeated! Our tactic is to continue to build awareness and educate the world about this horrific torture, and the Spanish Government's FAILURE to do anything about it! We already have nearly 18,000 signatures on this petition alone - but we need more! And we need your help - so please continue to post, share, Tweet and talk about this petition to get the word out. Also, the good Spanish Rescuers who are working very hard in Spain to help stop this practice as well have created a Billboard Campaign - a HUGE step in the right direction! The link to that campaign is below. Your ideas and donations are needed and welcome. Check it out!!

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/SOS-GALGOS-oficial/61355933100#!/photo.php?fbid=673196142700188&set=a.175719942447813.39507.175718192447988&type=1&theater

      Many thanks!

      SOS GALGOS (oficial)

      SOS GALGOS (oficial), Esplugues de Llobregat. 43,666 likes · 7,776 talking about this. Rescate y ayuda del galgo español

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. Save the Spanish Greyhound - Get Updates via Twitter!

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Follow Spanish Greyhound @spain_greyhound on Twitter to get quick updates about the Declaration, messages to the Spanish Government and other Spanish Greyhound news. Thanks!

    9. UPDATE!! Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENT

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Reminder! Please see the info and link to the Declaration below - we need 2,000 form letters by July 13! Take action NOW! A few minutes could make a BIG difference for the future of the Galgo. Please help!

      Declaration 0006/2013: http://sosgalgos.com/?p=16024
      Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Michèle Stiffler has drafted a declaration calling for the immediate cessation of torture suffered by Spanish greyhounds. To make sure this request is served, we need you to submit a copy of the form letter below, and email it to at least one MEP. Just copy the letter in an email, and add your full name, country and ID, attach a written statement and signature form. It is IMPORTANT that the letter is addressed to the individual MEP. The link below includes all the form letters and all the information you need, including the form letter in Castilian, English and French, and the entire list of MEPs.

      Here is the link: http://sosgalgos.com/?p=16024

      Letters Must Be eMailed by July 13! Thank u!

    10. Reached 15,000 signatures
    11. UPDATE!! Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENT

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Hello All! We are making progress for the Spanish Greyhound. Please see the Declaration below - we need 2,000 signatures by July 13! Take action NOW!

      Declaration 0006/2013: http://sosgalgos.com/?p=16024
      Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Michèle Stiffler has drafted a declaration calling for the immediate cessation of torture suffered by Spanish greyhounds. To make sure this request is served, we need you to submit a copy of the form letter below, and email it to at least one MEP. Just copy the letter in an email, and add your full name, country and ID, attach a written statement and signature form. It is IMPORTANT that the letter is addressed to each individual MEP. The link below includes all the form letters and all the information you need, including the form letter in Castilian, English and French, and the entire list of MEPs.

      Here is the link: http://sosgalgos.com/?p=16024

      Letters Must Be eMailed by July 13!

      This small effort can make big difference for Gaglos. Thank u!

    12. Reached 12,500 signatures
    13. UPDATE: Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENHeadline

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Hi Everyone:

      I just wanted to let you know that I'm starting to reach out to organizations to help us spread the word about the plight of the Spanish Greyhound. PETA was one of the organizations I reached out to and they responded - perhaps not with the answers I wanted but at least we have their attention and the conversation has started. I emailed the letter the letter I wrote to Megan Vasiles from the PETA Foundation, so I hope you read it. I'll keep you posted on our progress. And please continue to Share, Post, Tweet and email the petition. Let's get to 50,000 signatures to help save these gentle creatures from this cruelty - we can do it for them - we must!

      Thank you!

      Mary LaRusso

    14. UPDATE: Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENHeadline

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Hi Everyone: Yet another horrific story I'm sad to share, but illustrates why we need to promote our petition even harder. LENA, a young greyhound was found Saturday, April 6, in a bad in the trash of a housing estate on the outskirts of Badajoz. The rescuer immediately contacted ADANA, and she is hospitalized. Lena suffers from starvation, severe hypothermia, cachexia, has penetrating wounds caused by sharp object, both eyes are damaged with a marked Mydriasis and presence of effusion. She is in very serious condition with prognosis reserved and possible irreversible damage. Click on the link below for more info. Horror is an understatement of what these poor souls suffer at the hands of these monsters. Please continue to Promote, Share and Tweet the petition. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salvar-a-los-galgos-espa%C3%B1oles/320331434736873

      Share your latest development here.

    15. Petitioning THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT This petition will be delivered to: The

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      My heart is crying for these poor creatures. I'm seeing pictures of the incredibly brutal torture and the horrific abuse, and I cannot believe the how absolutely cruel these people are to the Spanish Greyhound. I am working on a Facebook Page so I can share the images with you, in an effort to help others realize this is real, and those suffering animals need our help - NOW. Please, please keep posting, sharing and tweeting the petition in the meantime. I'll provide the Facebook page information to you all next week. Thank you.

    16. Reached 10,000 signatures
    17. UPDATE: Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the Spanish Government

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Hi Everyone. We are nearing 10,000 signatures which is fantastic. Lots more work to do, and thank you for your continued support. Please remember when Sharing the petition that we are working WITH the good Spanish rescuers and activists to make their Govt change. The first step to making change is creating awareness and helping the Spanish rescuers like SOS Galgos, Salvar a los Galgos espanoles, Galgos del Sol and GRIN - Galgos Rescue International Network. Please go to their Facebook pages and Like their pages, and if you are able, donate to help them save the Spanish Greyhound. They're wonderful people who are working very hard and need our help. We must stand with them, not against. It's the evil hunters and the Spanish leaders who we must stand against. We are all working toward the ultimate goal of stopping this practice once and for all. It has to end and we are committed to this. The intention of our petition is good - not bad. Peace and love to all and los Galgos. Thank you.

    18. Reached 9,000 signatures
    19. UPDATE: Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENT

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Our petition, “THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT: Outlaw the torturous practice of inhumanly killing the Spanish Greyhound.,” was just sponsored by a supporter in United Kingdom and is now being promoted to other users on Change.org! This is great news for our cause!

      The Change.org team noticed our petition was gaining momentum so they gave our supporters the opportunity to chip in and help promote the campaign to a wider audience. This will help us raise awareness further!

      Congratulations to those who are helping to Promote, Share and Tweet the petition - this is a huge milestone for us! We're getting there - almost 10,000 signatures. We are gaining momentum!

      Why is this important? Because the WORLD needs to know what is going on in Spain so we can help these poor suffering Spanish Greyhounds, and I need your help to make that happen. Together, we WILL make a difference for these poor animals - we WILL effect CHANGE in SPAIN!

      Keep up the great work petitioners - thank you, gracias, danke!

    20. Reached 8,000 signatures
    21. UPDATE: Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENT

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      The word is getting out about the barbaric torture and murder of the Spanish Greyhound, but here is a sad reminder that this is REAL. Please read and share this desperate message: "I have had the worst day of my life......again I am sitting here crying my heart out...I cannot face posting or answering questions, I just want to curl up in a ball...I went to el paraiso today...trying to save some pregnant podencos...they were killing and burning all the sick and left over dogs....I cannot get the screaming and the smell out of my ears and nose...I just can´t face this...I am broken...I want to tell everyone...I want to scream at all the bastards that keep telling me I do not have the correct systems in place to re home these dogs...I want to drag them by their hair and let them witness what I did today. I am completely in a mess here...all the dogs I knew , all their faces are gone...and I couldn´t save them."
      PLEASE Share, Tweet and Post the petition. WE must be their voice. Thank you.

    22. Reached 7,500 signatures
    23. UPDATE: Save the Spanish Greyhound - Petition the SPANISH GOVERNMENT

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Follow us on Twitter:
      Spanish Greyhound@spain_greyhound

      Brutally tortured and murdered by Spanish hunters - Spanish Greyhounds are hung from trees, thrown down wells, shot, poisoned, starved to death, burned alive. The Spanish govt does nothing. But you can. We need to get the message out about these barbarians, and their horrifying tradition. We now have over 4,100 signatures in one week - which is great, but we need many many more to help save the Spanish Greyhound and assist the Spanish rescuers. To help spread the word and further the petition, I've started a Twitter account. The name of the account is Spanish Greyhound and the handle is @spain_greyhound. Please follow and re-tweet so we can continue to raise awareness and get more signatures. Your support is critical. Please help free these helpless souls from the hands of these evil monsters. Share the petition: Tweet it, Share it, Post it. Thank you.

      THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT: Outlaw the torturous practice of inhumanly killing the Spanish Greyhound.

      These dogs are brutally murdered at the end of hunting season in Spain. Thousands of them are abandoned, many are hung from trees, thrown down wells,...

    24. Reached 4,000 signatures
    25. Galgo Petition Update

      Mary LaRusso
      Petition organiser

      Hi everyone. First I'd like to thank you all for signing and sharing the petition, and supporting this cause. I too am horrified by this practice and am on a mission to see that it stops - once and for all. We're off to a good start - only 5 days into the petition and we have over 1,200 signatures! We are building our case - gathering facts, info and signatures - any help you can provide is much appreciated. We are working on a Twitter strategy now and will release that to you next week so we can continue to spread awareness about this barbaric practice, and gather more signatures. The Galgo and their rescuers need our help - and I intend to deliver. Together we WILL make a difference. Together we WILL change the laws so that these gentle creatures may live in peace. In the meantime please continue to post and share. Thank you.

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    • francesca chiovelli MONTEFIASCONE, ITALY
      • about 14 hours ago

      pi

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      CIVILIZZATEVI, MERDE UMANE DEL CAZZO!

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    • SUSANNA alex ROMA, ITALY
      • 1 day ago

      perchè ogni essere umana ha diritto alla dignità ed al rispetto

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    • Holly Januar GERMANY
      • 1 day ago

      Stop Greyhound Abuse in Spain

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    • Gemma Quinton DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      There is something wrong with the people whom imagine the treatment of these creatures to be acceptable. This is barbaric!

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