The chances are fairly good that when we begin our vegan journey, we will have items in our cupboards that we bought in the past that are not vegan.
What do we do about the leather wallets, shoes, belts or wool coats we have purchased before our decision to become vegan?
We could argue that since the animal has already been killed this is not hurting any animals in the future?
There are a number of choices we could make:
We could simply dispose of the items.
We could give them to an animal charity, for them to sell and raise funds
We could donate them to a homeless shelter, or give them to friends or family.
- We could keep them.
The answer to this dilemma is one of personal choice. However, I believe that destroying these items is a slap in the face of the animals that suffered their whole lives to be slaughtered and turned into clothing.
In my opinion the best solution is to sell them to friends or family - or in the classifieds. However, this does serve to further the idea that the use of animals for our purposes is acceptable. A solution to this is to make it clear to the buyers that the reason you are letting them go is because you are going cruelty free and are now vegan, so you feel that keeping them is wrong. And then, whatever funds you raise from the sale of your goods, you can donate to an animal shelter.
It is not ideal to promote the idea that there is a market for clothes made of animal products. But my belief is that it is not the right choice to to be vegan and continue to allow friends and family to see you wearing these clothes. In many ways, we need to be ambassadors for veganism. We are still in the minority, but our cause is just. However, vegans are still the brunt of much criticism and ridicule. We need to show non-vegans how easy it really is to move away from our old way of life and to fully embrace veganism. And that is hard to do whilst wearing a leather jacket.
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THERE ARE PETITIONS AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE AS WELL AS ORGANISATIONS WHERE YOU CAN ADOPT THESE DOGS.
Spanish hunting dogs include Galgos (greyhounds) and Podencos – of which there are a number of different types.
Spanish hunting dogs were originally bred to be used for hunting small game such as rabbits, but have also been used to hunt game as large as a wild boar.
Spanish hunting dogs are very smart and eager to please. They are gentle, loyal, love to relax, but love exercise and interactive playtime too.
Unfortunately hunting dogs are not held in high regard in Spain. They are rarely kept as pets and when they are no longer required for hunting, they are frequently abandoned and are treated most cruelly.
Hunting dogs in Spain have a grim life. Spanish hunters - galgueros – view their hunting dogs as property that they own – a useful tool that can be replaced and discarded when no longer needed.
Spanish law dictates that physical abuse, maiming, keeping dogs on short chains and abandoning dogs is illegal. But Spain does not enforce these laws and ignores the atrocities that exist every day. Thus far, the Spanish government has turned a blind eye as to the plight of the Galgos and the Podencos.
Hunters overbreed these dogs in atrocious conditions. They are kept in dark, cold surroundings or are tied up unprotected outside in short chains, in isolation.
They are fed on mouldy bread and restaurant waste a couple of times a week. The dogs are extremely emaciated and also get bedsores from being forced to lie directly on hard surfaces.
Spanish hunting dogs live their entire lives on the brink of starvation, with little human contact and no affection. Many live only until they are 2-3 years, then they are replaced - breeding bitches are kept alive longer.
At the beginning of hunting season, hunters may have 20 dogs and in the end only five. Dogs that are not useful anymore are disposed of. Tens of thousands of them are abandoned and starve to death. They are thrown down wells, are shot or poisoned.
One of the favourite means of disposing of unwanted dogs is one in which dogs suffer a slow death, which can take hours.
It is known as “piano playing” or “typewriting”.
The dog is tied around the neck and hanged in a tree so that he barely reaches to the ground with the hind paws. The dog tries to balance and is “dancing” back and forth with the back legs and paws, barely on the ground, to avoid strangulation.
Being murdered in this way is a slow death and that the dog has time to feel panic, anxiety, despair and pain is no doubt. The suffocation can take hours and sometimes even days. In the end, when the dog no longer manages to stand on its hind legs, but is hanging exhausted in the snare, the dog finally suffocates to death.
The Spanish hunters call this cruel strangulation jokingly “Piano playing” or “Typewriting” because of the way the dog struggles to reach the ground with the hind paws.
Strays of the breed are to be seen wandering in Spain looking for food. Rescue organisations have more of this type of dog than any other seeking homes. Many of these rescues are available for adoption overseas.
This is a truly tragic situation as they make superb pets, having a wonderful temperament and being exceptionally good with children. They are intelligent, calm,ltolerant, highly affectionate and keen to learn. They are also friendly towards other dogs as well as cats.
TO ADOPT ONE OF THESE DOGS:
Greyhound adoptions UK
Galgos: SCOOBY - International
Galgos and Podencos International
Mehnert Benjamin Foundation
Galgos and Podencos - USA and International
Galgos - USA
With thanks to Occupy for Animals, ESDAW - European Society of Dog and Animal Welfare, GRIN - Gago Rescue International Network.
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