The following is a google translation from French to English of a letter sent by animal rights activist and one time successful French actress Brigitte Bardot. It may read as translations often do but that does not matter.
Galgos: the appeal of Brigitte Bardot in Spain
Each year in the Iberian Peninsula, more than 50,000 Galgo and Podenco who are sacrificed on the altar of a cruel tradition as old as. After having intervened in 1998 with the Spanish Minister of Agriculture and with the King Juan Carlos 1 in 2009, Brigitte Bardot launched this February 5th, 2016 an appeal to Spaniards that this "tradition" barbaric is denounced and abolished forever!
In Spain, hunting hares with greyhounds is an "ancient tradition". Greyhounds are merely "tools" of hunting. The galgueros (Spanish hunters), hunting without a gun, the greyhound catching the game running and kills. According to this tradition, a galgueros whose dog catch more game in his honor is reached giving it the right to take revenge and to hurt the animal to avenge the insult.
At the end of each hunting season, the least efficient dogs are eliminated. The degree of cruelty of killing depends on the dog's performance during the hunting season.
The traditional method of killing is hanging which has two variants: high for dogs that have driven well (death is fast because the legs do not touch the ground); or low (death is slow because the dog's hind legs are touching the ground). They are also sometimes burned alive, mutilated, hauled in the back of a moving car or dumped in wells, stitched bleach, abandoned in a forest with broken legs.
Every year in Spain, more than 50,000 Galgo and Podenco who are killed!
The open letter to Spain from Brigitte Bardot
It is a cry, a call, an SOS urgent and serious that I run in Spain, his Majesty the King Felipe VI, the Prime Minister, the government, the media, and the Spanish people .
Abolish emergency, without delay what galgueros call "hunting Galgo." This practice cruel, barbaric, that infamous, inhuman dressage to the slow and excruciating death punishment is still practiced in the only country in the world in the 21st century: SPAIN !
Dogs Galgo should no longer be used for sadistic satisfaction to individuals primary and cruel with impunity use their dominance to romp on innocent people, making them indecent and obscene tortures worthy jihadists .
I get a lot of letters denouncing this abomination, comparing the abject plight of the Galgos foul slaughter of baby seals in Canada and begging me to use my fame to explode this scandal evokes the same violent suffering the same injustice, and the great human cowardice.
That's what I'm about to do without an urgent and formal response stating the immediate abolition of the martyrdom inflicted on Galgos .
What country could still accept dogs that have not been at the height of a rabbit hunting should be punished by hanging, we die their eyes, they amputated the raw, that flay the living , which burns to the acid, which poisons the extremely toxic? And even being dragged behind a car until death ensues.
It is unworthy of a country like Spain. It is unworthy of a human being. It is unworthy for humanity as a whole.
I beg you all to be aware of these atrocious acts of barbarism and to arrange for it to stop immediately, immediately, immediately .
Thanks for them !
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation
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