No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB), the US-based international non-profit foundation, a leader in global emergency response and advocate for global animal welfare laws beyond borders, has established a strategic alliance with SOS Galgos. The Barcelona-based rescue organization is fighting on the front lines in Spain for the voiceless Galgo (Spanish greyhound). The alliance will help bring awareness about the Galgo in Spain to dog lovers in North America and around the world and aims to expose the atrocities to Galgos and stop a new amendment to the current animal welfare laws in Spain which would threaten to exclude Galgos as a protected animal. Thousands of Galgos, a sighthound that resembles the greyhound, used for hare coursing are abandoned or brutally killed at the end of the hunting season in February each year. For example, some estimates put the number of galgos mistreated or abandoned at over 80.000 in 2021 alone.
“Spain has no right to exclude the galgos from its animal welfare laws,” explains Jeffrey Beri, founder of No Dogs Left Behind. “We are working closely with SOS Galgos to shine a light on these voiceless dogs. No Dogs Left Behind is very excited at the prospect of our first Galgo called Aitana, arriving in New York. Aitana will act as an ambassador for this important movement. We are their voice; we will scream louder until change happens.”
“Spain has a very bad reputation for animal cruelty. Tragically, very few people outside the country are aware of the treatment and abuse that these animals endure,” states Anna Clements, Director & co-founder of SOS Galgos. “Some of the animals rescued by SOS Galgos are extremely traumatized and restoring their trust in humankind is a long process. We are proud to have found homes for thousands of galgos all over Europe, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. So many more Galgos need our help.”
A new Animal Welfare Law is currently before the Spanish Parliament. There is however public outcry about a government-backed amendment to exclude galgos and other working dogs from this law. Recently, a large gathering of protesters assembled in front of the Spanish Parliament building demonstrating against the proposed amendment. The demonstration included a protest bus blazened with the words “same law for all dogs” and a picture of a galgo being hanged, alongside an illustration of the governing Socialist Party’s logo, with their fist and roses modified to show both the cruelty to and beauty of this fragile breed. The bus has been circulating around Madrid for 7 days.
About the Galgo: The Galgo, a member of the greyhound family, is a unique and peaceful dog. They make wonderful family pets and are content to live in most any setting, even in urban apartments. They are social dogs and feel most secure in a multi-dog family. Their exercise level is no more or less than most dogs.
About No Dogs Left Behind: No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB) operates boots on the ground in East Asia, fighting on the frontlines to rescue dogs from the illegal dogmeat trade. NDLB works hands-on with local activists through emergency response, pulling dogs directly from slaughterhouses, dogmeat trucks, wet markets and traffickers. NDLB’s mission extends beyond borders, advocating for the creation and enforcement of animal welfare laws, and raising awareness for a cruelty-free, sustainable world in which no animal is violated, exploited, tortured or slaughtered for commercial goods or profit. With nearly 500 survivors in its care, No Dogs Left Behind operates sanctuaries in Dayi and Gongyi in East Asia and Toronto, Canada. Learn more about No Dogs Left Behind at www.nodogsleftbehind.com.
About SOS Galgos: Established 22 years ago, SOS Galgos is a registered charity which helps Spanish greyhounds (Galgos) in distress find suitable homes. The charity prioritizes rescue and adoption, but it is also heavily involved in legal work aimed at improving Animal Welfare laws. Thirdly, the organization has a strong role to play in giving animal welfare classes to school children of all ages, either at its rescue center in Barcelona or by visiting the schools themselves. These classes promote empathy, compassion, giving and sharing to help create better all-round citizens in the community. Although its Rescue and Education Center is based in Barcelona, the charity operates on a national level answering to appeals for help to rescue galgos from all corners of Spain. These calls come mostly from members of the public who contact the organization’s hotline number through the charity's website www.sosgalgos.org
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