Greyhounds and their owners

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Defending the galgo

Pet owners and their greyhounds participate in a march against the abuse of Spanish greyhounds on June 9 near the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.


Due to lax enforcement of animal cruelty laws in Spain, hundreds of thousands of Spanish greyhounds, also known as galgos, are abandoned, tortured or killed by their owners every year at the end of each rabbit hunting season. Although some of the galgos are turned in or rescued by animal shelters, the unlucky majority who are considered poor hunting dogs or are too costly to take care of during the hunting off-season are killed in a variety of gruesome ways, including being shot, burned and hung from trees.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.