ICAWC 2013 - Spanish Greyhounds - Nuria Murla Ribot


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ICAWC 2013 - Spanish Greyhounds - Nuria Murla Ribot

  1. 1. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS Past, present & future ICAWC 2013 Barcelona, October 14-16 Núria Murlà Ribot nuria.murla@galgos112.com
  2. 2. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: WHO ARE THEY? Spanish name for Spanish greyhounds is galgos. Spanish greyhounds are a very old European breed. They belong to the group of sighthounds (dogs that primarily hunt by speed and sight). They are smaller, but faster in sprint, than English greyhounds. Spanish greyhounds are used mainly as hunting dogs. Life spectancy of Spanish greyhounds is 12-14 years
  3. 3. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PAST In the past Spanish greyhounds were considered a noble dog and kept mainly by aristocrace. During the Middle Age many laws designed to punish or theft of these dogs. Galgos were used in common expressions, literature and art: "In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a galgo for coursing." First pharagraf of “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha”, Miguel de Cervantes, 1605.
  4. 4. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT LEGISLATION WELFARE ON ANIMAL PROTECTION AND European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015. Mistreatment of domestic or housebroken animals is a crime in the Spanish Criminal Code. Animal Protection legislation in each Autonomous Community - regional jurisdiction
  5. 5. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT Nowadays Spain is the only Member State of the European Union that allows hunting with Spanish greyhounds. Hunting with Spanish greyhounds is one of the most practised traditions involving animals in Spain. Spanish greyhounds has a hunting life of 1-3 years. Those who practise hunting with Spanish greyhounds are called “galgueros”. They have their own Federation: Federación Española de Galgos. Increasing number of rescued Spanish greyhounds adopted as pets in the last 4 years in Spain.
  6. 6. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT Higher percentage of Spanish greyhounds as pets. Equal percentage of Spanish greyhounds as pets and hunters. Higher percentage of Spanish greyhounds as hunters.
  7. 7. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT MAIN ISSUE Lack of breeding control. No official data on how many dogs are used by each galguero every hunting season. No official data on abandoned Spanish greyhounds. Poor enforcement on existing animal protection laws
  8. 8. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT Galgos 112 was founded in April 13th, 2008 in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Catalonia. It is registrated as an NGO at the Generalitat de Catalunya Department of Justice. Galgos 112 receive no public funds.
  9. 9. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT Galgos 112’s registered delegations October 2013
  10. 10. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: PRESENT GALGOS 112’s DATA Galgos 112 rescues an average of fifty abandoned Spanish greyhounds per month, thirty of them come from Andalusia. There’s no significant differences between rescued males and females. 75% of Galgos 112’s rescued Spanish greyhounds need special vet treatment and/or treatment to overcome their fears.
  11. 11. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: FUTURE Galgos 112’s three “R” • Rescue • Recover • Rehome
  12. 12. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: FUTURE Lobby all levels: • European Union • Spanish government • Regional governments • Local governments
  13. 13. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: FUTURE GALGOS 112 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ON ANIMAL WELFARE AND RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP Children: from kindergarten to high school Organizations Prisons
  14. 14. SPANISH GREYHOUNDS: FUTURE Provinces where Galgos 112 is implementing its educational program for children
  16. 16. http://www.galgos112.com nuria.murla@galgos112.com @galgos112 http://www.facebook.com/galgos112