Clockwise from top: More than 500 people joined the 2015 march, Executive Director Meredith Ayan talks with a local activist, the protest culminated with a sit in outside the main government building in Barcelona.

Clockwise from top: More than 500 people joined the 2015 march, Executive Director Meredith Ayan talks with a local activist, the protest culminated with a sit in outside the main government building in Barcelona.

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATION: SOS GALGO
COUNTRY: SPAIN
YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP: 3

The World Is Watching

Every year as many as 60,000 Spanish Greyhounds (galgos) are killed or abandoned by the men who bred them. Each hunter breeds 20 or more new puppies each year in order to cruelly train them, weed out the underperforming and ultimately keep only one or two deemed the best. During training, the Greyhounds are consistently abused by the hunters and are left with the most minimal amount of shelter and food. Every other country in the E.U. has banned this barbaric sport of hare coursing because of the torture and brutality the tradition inflicts on the Greyhounds. In 2015, SPCAI and SOS Galgos worked together to foster activism and amplify the voices of thousands of outraged world citizens in our fight to ban this so-called “sport.” We turned up the heat on the Spanish government—by collecting over 50,000 new petition signatures, leading a protest through the streets of Barcelona and supporting SOS Galgos’ effort to open an education and rescue center dedicated to the plight of Spanish Greyhounds.

 
The SPCAI executive director and program manager march in a protest through the streets of Barcelona.

The SPCAI executive director and program manager march in a protest through the streets of Barcelona.