I have long known of the cruelties suffered by racing Greyhounds in the U.S., but until a couple of weeks ago, when Sir Fudge posted information on his blog, I was completely in the dark about the torment endured by the Spanish Greyhounds.
Sir Fudge has generously agreed to allow me to make this issue the subject of this week’s purrs. Even more generously, he has provided the following contribution to this post. I know you will find this as eye opening and disturbing as I did.
If you can stomach it, you will find further details of this sad story on my blog under "Charities, Pick Your Victim" I do want to warn you though, the language and photos you will find on my blog are altogether more confronting than you will be used to on this and many other blogs. I'm rather free with expletives.
Confucius has kindly taken an interest in a post I submitted to my blog several days ago which discussed the plight of Spanish Greyhounds. Generously, he has allowed me some 'air time' on his blog to briefly outline the treatment of these dogs with a view to raising awareness of their suffering and hopefully, as a consequence encourage people to provide some kind of material assistance to these intelligent, gentle and physically stunning animals.
Greyhounds are used for the biennial hunting season in Spain. After each season, it is customary in certain parts of that country to hang the dogs from trees till they die. The attitude (generally speaking) toward these dogs is that they are legitimately disposable once their usefulness is exhausted. In other words, they are simply working animals of no further consequence than the extent of their usefulness
Because of this attitude, very little care is given to the conditions these dogs are kept in. They are often poorly housed (kept in underground darkness or left out in the Spanish sun) with inadequate food, water and zero comfort. These dogs have nothing.
Aside form hanging, other methods of disposing of Spanish Greyhounds include torture, starvation or abandonment. In the case of abandonment, there are not infrequent reports of limbs being deliberately broken or cut off to deter the dog from following its 'owner' home.
Unfortunately, for greyhounds which make it to, what I guess could be (in token sense only) termed a 'pound', the conditions are not much better and essentially, these poor dogs are simply waiting miserably, without the medical attention or basic comfort they need, to take their turn to die.
The methods of killing these harmless, gentle dogs in these pounds run by the Spanish government vary from the insanely cruel to the simply uncaring and heartless. I won't repeat here what I have heard (reported by the BBC World Service a few years ago) about the some of the methods of killing these dogs.
I want to conclude by expressing my sincere thanks and admiration to Mr Confucius Cat for allowing me to publish to his blog a story that I've been following for years, and most of all, I'd like to thank you, for taking the time to read this post.
Sincerely and With Love,
Sir Fudge Esq
The following links will provide you further information.
Sir Fudge Esq
Galgo News: Meet the Podencos - Ibizan Hounds - with SARA Lanzarote and Pro-Galgo Spain
Facebook | Protest the Torture and Murder of Spanish Greyhounds
URGENT: Tortured Spanish Greyhounds Need Your Voice | PETA.org
Scooby Medina shelters hundreds of Spanish greyhounds and needs
Far from Fear
Week 26 of Purrs 4 Peace details are as follows:
- Week twenty-six’s appointed time is Sunday, December 6, 2009.
- Participants should purr for three minutes commencing at 3 p.m. EST (U.S.) which is 8:00 p.m. (20:00 hrs.) BST in the U.K.
- The cat’s human staff should assist their cats with the project by stroking and nuzzling the cat at the appointed time.
- Please post your cat name and the country you purr in at www.confuciuscat.blogspot.com as a COMMENT if you are participating in this historic project. (posting a link to your own website-if you have one-is encouraged.) Or let me know by message on twitter or facebook.
- Posting purrs on facebook ( Acolytes of Confucius Cat or as friend to Alley Mason) and twitter (@ConfuciusCat) is encouraged, since it inspires purring in others, but not required. On twitter please use #purrs4peace in your tweets.
Let us purr with for our Spanish Greyhound brethren....that they may be respected and treated with the love and care they deserve. Let us purr for understanding, purr for compassion, purr for peace.