Today marked an amazing turning point in animal welfare in Spain. Thousands of people marched in cities throughout Spain to call for a ban on hunting with galgos and other breeds of dog.
The power of public opinion about hunting with galgos was very visible in many cities in Spain today. Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the country. They marched with their galgos and other dogs through Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Malaga to name but a few, calling for a ban on hunting with galgos and other breeds.
There was a time about 20 years ago when we wanted to do a Meet & Greet with the Scooby galgos in the main square in Medina del Campo but such was the opposition and the threat to their safety that we could not attempt it. The dogs were considered vermin by the locals and often chased away because they were considered the lowest of the low. Imagine our pleasure today to see hundreds of these noble galgos out on the streets leading the demand for a ban to hunting with dogs.
Fermin of Scooby organised the demonstration in Salamanca and took 6 hunting dogs rescued by the Scooby shelter with him. He was accompanied by Rocio, a galgo (one of our galgos available for sponsorship) a podenco, a pointer and a bracco.
This strength of feeling must have made an impression with the Spanish authorities. This has to be the beginning of the end.