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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.
It’s really easy to make your own perfume - and you’ll be sure it’s vegan!
Cosmetic products that are termed “cruelty free” are not tested on animals. Cruelty Free and Not Tested on Animals does not mean vegan – animal products may still be used.
THE LEAPING BUNNY:
There are many cruelty-free cosmetic companies who are committed to animal welfare. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC’s) Leaping Bunny Program assures that no animal testing is used in any part of product development by companies, laboratories or suppliers. They list all cruelty-free organizations on their website, and stamp each approved item with a Leaping Bunny logo so consumers know they are buying a product that was not tested on animals.
The Leaping Bunny states on it’s website: “The Leaping Bunny list does not provide information about the composition of ingredients. Because ingredient information is available—and required by law— we know that conscientious consumers can read labels to discover whether products are vegan or not. For this reason, Leaping Bunny chooses to focus its resources on validating information that is not readily available to consumers, such as animal testing claims. Many Leaping Bunny companies are committed to manufacturing natural and vegan products; however, the Leaping Bunny Program can only certify the animal testing component of this process.”
PETA’s list of companies on their website that don’t test on animals is long and extensive. It enables consumers to avoid products tested on animals with plenty of choice of alternatives.
PETA states “…we use the term “cruelty-free” to denote companies that do not test their products on animals. The purpose of our Caring Consumer Project is to persuade companies that produce cosmetics and household products to stop testing on animals. If companies stop conducting animal tests, they meet the criteria of this campaign and qualify for inclusion on our list of companies that do not test on animals.
We feel that it is important to recognize the meaningful steps that any individual or company takes to help animals. Furthermore, most consumers are not vegan, and many are only interested in putting an end to the cruelty involved in cosmetics testing.
We would prefer that consumers buy products that are not tested on animals rather than products that are, regardless of the type of ingredients. However we would prefer that consumers purchase vegan products rather than nonvegan products. Therefore, PETA’s cruelty-free lists clearly indicate which companies offer product lines that are entirely vegan…”
Only products that are labelled ”Vegan” contain no animal ingredients. If you are purchasing “Cruelty Free” products they may still contain ingredients of animal origin.
With thanks to The Leaping Bunny, PETA and Healthy Skin Portal.