Some 50 members of the Partido Animalista (PACMA, Animals Party)
and other animal protection groups gathered outside the European Commission’s office in Madrid on Sunday to ask the EU to pressure the Spanish government into doing something to protect an estimated 15,000 greyhounds and podencos that are killed or abandoned at the end of the hunting season.
A spokesman said no other country in the EU allowed hunters and greyhound owners to treat their dogs so cruelly: “When the dogs are no longer any use to them, they drown them, hang them, burn them alive or abandon them to their fate. We want a national law to put an end to all this.”
A similar protest was held simultaneously outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg to support the one in Madrid.