ACTIVIDADES-04


ENERO 2004

ROSANA, GOLOSA y BENHUR 3 galgos de Torrijos, provincia de Toledo han sido rescatados, y junto a LUISA una galga rescatada por nosotros en el Parque de Roma de Madrid, ya están a salvo.

Su rescate fué difícil, acudimos atendiendo a un aviso de Luisa, maravillosa mujer, que nos dió las pistas para poderla identificar. También recibimos avisos de más gente sobre la misma galguita. Llevaba deambulando por ese parque, próximo a la M-30, varios días, huía de la gente y seguía a los perros. Su vida corría mucho peligro y se podía esperar un final catastrófico para ella. Según nuestras estimaciones, no pasa mucho del añito. Se encuentra en perfecto estado de salud. La hemos esterilizado y ya está adoptada en Francia.

Desde esta página queremos expresar nuestro agradecimiento, a las personas que nos ayudaron a poder hacernos con ella, que no fue fácil, la labor de rescate duró desde las 7 de la mañana que nos presentamos allí hasta cerca de la una del mediodía.

Los trabajadores del Ayuntamiento cooperaron con nosotros formidablemente. GRACIAS A TODOS POR SALVAR A LUISA.


FEBRERO 2004

LUCY, rescatada en Majadahonda, deambulaba por las calles y con mucha suerte pudo ser recogida por alguien que nos la entregó. Enérgica, elegante y cariñosa, forma parte de los pocos galgos afortunados que logran escapar a un final incierto y a veces siniestro.

En las fotos vemos a LUISA, LUCY, ROSANA, GOLOSA y BENHUR con Mayte.


MARZO 2004

LUISA, GOLOSA y RUBIA han partido para Francia gracias a Levriers en Dètresse. Estas tres galguitas ya tienen casa de adopción.

Christiane, Michelle y su marido vinieron a Madrid para una doble misión, por una parte para traer ayuda, medicinas y pienso recogido en el sur de Francia para el albergue de Herencia, y por otra parte para recoger algunos galgos nuestros.

Michelle Magat, vicepresidenta de LED, ha realizado un gran esfuerzo personal movilizando conciencias solidarias en su region y ha logrado donaciones de personas sensibles a la causa de animales abandonados.

El resultado: comida, medicinas y material sanitario para un refugio necesitado en España, Herencia, Ciudad Real. Este refugio es una iniciativa de Rosario y su marido. Como tienen pocas ayudas y acogen a muchos perros ( más de 150 actualmente ), entre ellos gran número de galgos abandonados en muy mal estado, hemos considerado que sería el mejor destino de estas donaciones que ha coordinado Michelle.

Podeis ver las imágenes de descarga en casa de Rosario. Christiane con PICA, una galguita preciosa ideal y ya preparada para ser adoptada. También adjuntamos las fotos de despedida de nuestras tres galgas que partiran con ellos a una nueva vida en Francia. Sus nuevos "familiares" las esperan.

Agradecemos desde aquí su esfuerzo y generosidad para con nuestros animales.

Para más ampliación ver GIN


ABRIL 2004

Organizado por iniciativa de Michelle Magat, Vicepresidenta de LED (Levriers en Détresse, ha tenido lugar en el canódromo de esta ciudad un encuentro de amantes de los animales, muchos de ellos adoptantes de perros, tanto galgos como de otras razas procedentes del abandono o de otros países incluido España.

Invitados por Michelle y Christiane hemos tenido la oportunidad de asistir a este acontecimiento y hemos aprovechando el viaje para llevar a tres galguitos nuestros que ya estaban reservados para la adopción: BENHUR, ROSANA y LUCY.

La actividad principal que nos ha reunido a todos allí ha sido una carrera lúdica con premios simbólicos. Los perros se han divertido probando su energía sin verse forzados a la agresiva competitividad de los verdaderos canódromos del negocio que funcionan con apuestas de sumas de dinero. Que maravilla de canódromo.!!!!!

El buen día atmosférico contribuyó a resaltar la belleza del entorno en esta región francesa de las Landas.

Con Michelle han colaborado, Raymond Audemard, de LED que se desplazó desde Paris y Christiane, delegada de la asociación para esta región.

Lo que realmente nos ha resultado más estupendo ha sido el haber podido "revisitar" a algunos de los galgos que habíamos rescatado en España, unos de la temporada anterior y otros más recientes que no hacía mucho que habían comenzado una nueva vida.

El momento más emotivo fue cuando los llamábamos por su nombre y reconocían nuestra voz desde el primer momento haciendo verdaderos esfuerzos por soltarse de su nueva mamá o papá y venir hacia nosotros. Comprobamos que estaban en perfectas condiciones de atención física y de cariño, en fin, no podrían estar mejor.........(alguien de nosotros no pudo contener sus lagrimillas de emoción.....).

Os mostramos fotos de REINA y CANTORA, RAUL con Catherine su nueva mamá, CARIÑOSO con Mikel, esto es un caso extraordinario de buen cuidado.

Este galguito, al que encontramos en pésimas condiciones y vivió con nosotros más de un mes para su recuperación, padece una enfermedad de asimilación de alimentos con constantes diarreas, Mikel después de un año de tenerle ha encontrado su alimento adecuado, está desconocido, "ha merecido la pena nuestro gran esfuerzo" nos decimos constantemente. También encontramos a unos cuantos más LUNA, TENA, LAGARTO etc...

GRACIAS MICHELLE POR HABER ORGANIZADO ESTE ACONTECIMIENTO TAN ENTRAÑABLE PARA NOSOTROS

GRACIAS A TODOS LOS QUE HABÉIS CONTRIBUIDO A ELLO Y A HACER FELICES A NUESTROS GALGOS.


MAYO 2004

"Man has a moral obligation to respect all living creatures". (from the Convention on the Protection of Pet Animals).



International Companion Animal Welfare Conference


The Annual ICAWC is a two-day international event that joins delegates from more than 40 countries from all over the world.

It is organized by the Welfare Charity Dogs Trust and North Shore Animal League International, both organizations dedicated to saving animals lives. Established in 1995 this event is a global forum devoted to exchanging views and sharing of information on animal welfare.

Since animal welfare is generally speaking a difficult and a lonely experience, mostly in countries where authorities turn a blind eye ICAWC is an invaluable space to get to know each other and deepen our learning on how to improve the lives of our pets.

"The aim of the Conference is to work towards the day when no healthy companion animal is destroyed for want of a caring home with responsible owners"

2004 Conference in Warsaw

Lectures


The conference took place the 16-17 May in Poland. The program was focused on the 5 freedoms theory - from, "Hunger", "Fear and Distress", "Discomfort", "Pain, Injury and Disease" and "to Express Normal Behaviour"- and how to achieve these.

So there were talks with high quality presentations on interesting issues as: FEEDING, FUNDRAISING, CREATION AND MANAGEMENT OF A SHELTER, FIRST AID, ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, ZOONOSIS, UE LEGISLATION, REDUCING ANIMAL DEMOGRAPHY (We were taught by experts vets that statistically there is no growth of animal population by neutering a 70% figure).



Workshops


Additionally, the workshops gave us the opportunity to exchanging information directly with each other, about our own experiences in our countries, dealing with different relevant issues such as, legislation, medical treatment options for ailment or diseases of pets, educational projects and schoolroom humane education to encourage feelings to disapprove of cruelty and other interesting related issues.

There were strong debates on strategies to reduce or eliminate "Pet overpopulation". In this line, most interesting was the initiative submitted by Turkish delegate of how an Animal Association is operating successfully a Neuter and Return program to control street dogs with a "roving mobile clinic" in Turkey.

We also talked about how important is the poverty and social backwardness when facing animal welfare policies.



Our own experience


This is a most helpful gathering for the animal protection community, you can listen to the voices of people from countries very far away from yours - Asia, Israel, Egypt etc..- therefore you feel that you are not alone in the tough mission we must endure daily.

The conference helps you to contact people of so different countries thus gaining meaningful and first hand experiences and new ideas.

A very useful and practical item of the conference was the talk about the many different ways of campaigning for fundraising versus internal financing. Methods to pass animal welfare messages to educating the general public.

Visit to Celestinow Shelter


We were given the opportunity to visit a local Shelter a few kilometres away from Warsaw. We can say it was for us a unique experience. In no more than 2 Ha. there lived apparently very happily 1300 dogs and 300 cats. The order and cleanness was perfect.

Dogs welcomed the visitors very quietly and peaceful. You could approach them very easily, and what was most impressive was the fact that the dogs seemed not to be afraid of the army of invaders visiting the refuge. Despite the lots of people stopping in there at the same time the animals understood who we were and why we were there so they behaved with an excellent politeness and kindness....



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AMIGOS DE LOS GALGOS REPORT

By Nuria Blanco de Andrés.
Warsaw, 12 May 2004

6th International Companion Animal Welfare Conference

THANKING

First of all I want to thank to the organizers of this Conference for allowing the animal protection community a natural forum of this kind enabling us to share views about the different activities targeting the improvement of animal lives and by so doing giving us the opportunity to join like-minded people what gives us always encouragement in our difficult task.

We also express our acknowledgements to the Polish people for their hospitality offering to many of us the opportunity to get to know this wonderful European city, with its unique historic legacy and which very soon will become a member of the UE.



SPAIN AND THE ANIMALS

To begin with I sorrowfully can express that the animal culture and compassion in my country, Spain, is at a very low level, more than 70.000 animals are estimated to be sacrificed every year for keeping spectacles where animals encounter a horrible death through torture and cruelty only for amusement of my fellow nationals , Bullfighting "National Feast" is the most appalling and popular one, but there are also many others cruel traditions with animals when celebrating feast days all over Spain.

Probably, some of your countries undergo similar problems with animal mistreatment as we do in Spain.

As an illustrative example of this see note below.*

In this frame of cultural reference,when you move to other kind of animals as dogs and cats you cannot expect better attitudes, but large numbers of abandonment and a general lack of consciousness towards animal welfare , what in most cases is originated more in indifference than in hatred.



THE HOLOCAUST OF SPANISH GALGOS

Generally speaking, the liking for having galgos for "hunting" as entertainment is spreading more and more. Nowadays having in mind the rise of power of purchasing in Spain in the last years, these animals have become a very attractive good in the market.

A pure female for breeding can cost up to 6,000 Euros. Drop-outs, or gypsies, now can afford more than before, and the same happens with peasants in the little villages. Thus possessing more than one galgo is very common.

Most of the galgos remain unregistered,- though it is compulsory by law, besides, their bred is uncontrolled. The current law, however weak it is, is not even enforced in cases of mistreatment (like having the animals in poor habitats or badly kept). We have denounced situations but the police does not care, turn a blind eye and will not even go to the place to verify.

Consequently the results we have are the following:

- After two or three years or even earlier if they do not perform well, or when they are old or ill, the hunters, called "galgueros" will dispose of them using various methods:

1º.- By giving their unwanted galgos to animal protection associations or refuges. Fortunately during the last two years , and following the pressure of the media this is being done more frequently. This is the most civilized way and you can receive the galgos in good conditions unless they have been rejected because of some illness or injury. This is the method reserved for the "luckiest".

2º.- Leaving them in the dog pounds, or "death corridors" as I like to put it. I will not describe here the Hell in there, you can imagine by yourselves how the poor animal spend the last days of his life in this corridor but even so I myself think that it can be not the worst method. They can be saved from there.

3º.- Massive abandonment in metropolitan areas: big cities, towns, roads, motorways or villages. Seldom you are able to catch them almost impossible, they run away when seeing someone approaching. It is not unusual to find them run by cars or severely injured or after the passing of time without any food, they are all skin and bone.

4º.- The cruel methods:

a) hanging (it is a very traditional cheap easy way of getting rid of an animal in Spain). You almost never arrive in time to stop this, so you find the corpse hanging in the air. Fortunately, less cases of those have being reported for the last two years.

b) Leaving them in rubbish dumps tied to old machinery there or tied to trees starving to death.

If it happens that you passed by the dump - which is highly unlikely- you still can arrive in time. Otherwise you find the skeleton of what used to be a beautiful nice galgo.

c) Using them as sparring in dog-fighting (which is not allowed in Spain but takes place in hidden places and there is too much money at stake). We have rescued some full of wounds from this origin.

As an estimate only a third of the approx 20.000 left galgos can be saved, the rest will die a terrible death.



INTRODUCING US.- OUR WORK

Considering all the above and trying to introduce my group. We began and still continue trying to do a practical work in the "real scenario", that means, primary rescue work. So, since a long time now, we have lived directly in our own flesh the tragic fate and the unhappy life of galgos. At the start, we were two of us helping and rescuing dogs from marginal settlements around Madrid; populated by gypsies and scrape dealers, -a kind of Nobody's land,-where the minimum animal care was forgotten or even unknown due to the low cultural standards of their inhabitants. The police even refused to help us when trying to denounce situations and dare not to be involved in the matter.

At the same time, we volunteered also in the refuge "Las Nieves" who did and still does a tremendous work to save any kind of dog in Madrid and Castilla - La Mancha, they helped us taking in many dogs we rescued successfully from the settlement.

We witnessed, at first hand that the worst treatment was inflicted on the Galgos, which were obliged to spend their lives in damp, dirty and tiny holes, only fed with water and stale bread and deprived of seeing daylight or walking. They were only used for the season of hunting -the hare-, some nice females, -when "pure" very expensive in the market - were only used as machines for breeding, to produce as many puppies as possible to have a big choice, the best ones would become a profitable merchandise, the rest would be discarded no matter how healthy they could be. That process still goes on year after year and season after season.

It was in this atmosphere, when we became sympathetic with their suffering and undertook our commitment to protect the Galgos, thus becoming "Amigos de los Galgos". At that time 1997, we felt practically alone in our especial worry towards this sweet and beautiful bred, but soon after, horrible images appeared in the media about the tradition of "hanging galgos ". Later on, we happen to contact Greyhounds in Need who had worked very hard in Mallorca race track when it closed down- .They began helping us by sending medical stuff and other ancillary material.



Soon later we contacted other European associations born out of GIN, as Greyhound in Nood , Belgium who came to visit us and hosted them. Because we wanted to show them the conditions of galgos within the gypsies, we directed them to one of our fields of action where they were shocked and appalled. Then in our effort to help galgos we showed them around some refuges especially our mother refuge "Las Nieves" near Madrid, asking them to rehoming the galgos in Belgium. Currently, they work closely together.

Now we carry on our work by our own, saving as many lives of galgos as we can afford and cope with, from different origins: dog pounds, strayed or directly from the hunters who deliver us their galgos in a civilized way, but at last they DO REJECT THEM.

We keep our "temporarily adoptive sons and daughters galgos "in a private boarding kennel you have to pay for. We provide them with the veterinary care: vaccinations, blood testing, sterilization, and treatment of illness when needed.

Try to get them clean all the time. Put coats in winter .etc... Often they are not confident and frightened of people, so Socializing work is very important for us: having a walk together, speaking nice things, caressing and kissing them, even sometimes singing songs of hope. This is being done everyday while they are with us, about 2 or 3 months.

Then when we consider they are ready for adoption we give them to the adoptive family or organization abroad that will search the appropriate family.

Besides we help refuges in need as the occasion arrives. Now we give some support to a refuge in La Mancha, Herencia, D. Quixote´s country.

It is run by only one heroic woman, the female Quixote "Rosario", with more than 140 dogs, among them lots of discarded galgos from the area, some saved from horrifying situations and without sympathy by her fellow citizens.



OUR SUPPORTERS

Up to now it has been the French organization Levriers en Detresse who have rehomed beautifully most of our beloved galgos.

Greyhounds in Need from England has helped us financially under the scheme this organization has set up some years ago for helping Spanish Galgos, either through dedicated groups, individuals or refuges all over Spain.

Greyhound Rescue Holland also has rehomed some of our galgos in Holland.

Lately, under the auspices of the recently created project of twining different chapters of Greyhound Pets of America with Spanish Associations and refuges, many Spanish animal protection groups will be able to receive some help from the related GPA group in the States. Amigos de los Galgos is twined with Central Texas chapter.



NECESSARY MEASURES

This is an endless tragedy that only can be avoided by political decision.

To stop cruelty against galgos in Spain, we would need essentially to adopt these measures urgently:

- a practical control of galgos population in Spain: by enforcing the rule of registering which is now compulsory in most parts of the country: microhip.

-To promote sterilization campaigns by government.

- to educate general people against any kind of animal torture.

- To encourage people to adopt a Galgo as a perfect companion to share our lives with.

-The Federation of Hunters in Spain should have to take part in solving this problem since they have a good coverage among its members "galgueros".

The offenders are a risk for her neighbours and for all the fellow men.



ACTIONS NEEDED

Since this cruel attitude towards animals sometimes has its roots in ignorance and low moral standards I fully agree with Tolstoi " There is only a little step between the killing of animals to the killing of human beings ". So, it is most urgently needed that our community of animal defenders react energetically against the mistreatment in whatever way it should be inflicted.

1º.- That the Treaties of the European Constitution include Animal Rights a Welfare as matter of legislation.

1º.-A strict LAW OF ANIMAL PROTECTION at European level, not a mere statement of good will -as it is now the Law in Spain-, banning all traditions entailing abuse and outrage of animals.

2º.- What is most important IMPLEMENTATION OF MEASURES AND INSTRUMENTS TO ENFORCE THE LAW.

3º.- Active PROSECUTION OF MISTREATMENT.

4º.- PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS TO EDUCATE YOUNG GENERATIONS IN THE RESPECT OF ANIMALS AS SUBJECTS OF RIGHTS AND DIGNITY.

5º.- BAN on all ENTERTAINMENT ENTAILING ANIMAL SUFFERING OR CRUELTY.

6º.- CONTROL OF DOGS AND CATS POPULATION . Educate people how to keep pets psychologically and physically healthy.

Note: Extract from the Madrid press.

Translation:

"Beaten by shooting dogs and cats" "Authorities have given license to shoot dogs and cats in the street, in a town near Madrid".

It has been denounced to Environmental Authorities.





PICTURES OF CELESTINOW REFUGE - WARSAW


JUNIO 2004

DIEGO, un galguito abandonado en Torrelaguna que gentilmente nos han traído para ser adoptado. Le hemos realizado las primeras curas y pruebas, esperamos que todo vaya bien y pueda tener un final feliz.

JULIO 2004

Nîmes, 11 septembre 2004: Manifestation est prévue avec plusieurs actions dont notamment une chaîne humaine autour des arènes.
Action proposée par le Comité F.L.A.C

· Défilé en ville
· Chaîne humaine autour des arènes

Merci d'indiquer très rapidement votre participation afin de nous permettre une meilleure mise en ?uvre de cette action particulièrement symbolique.

Toutes précisions seront données ultérieurement.

Déléguée Colette Coste
Comité FLAC Nîmes
BP 67092
http://anti.corrida.free.fr

SEPTIEMBRE 2004

Coni y Julia, dos galguitas rescatadas por el refugio de Herencia, van a ser trasladadas el día 11 de septiembre para ser adopatadas en Francia.

El fin de semana del 11 al 12 de Septiembre, la Sociedad Protectora de Animales de Mont de Marsan y Passion Levriers, con quien compartimos stand, nos invitaron al Foro de Asociaciones que tuvo lugar en esta ciudad, permitiendonos así dar a conocer a los visitantes de este evento, la situación de los galgos en España y el esfuerzo que entre todos realizamos para sacarles del infierno español y poderles abrir las puertas del paraíso.

Agradecemos a estas dos organizaciones su hospitalidad.

También hemos aprovechado este acontecimiento, para trasladar a las dos preciosas galgas CONI y YULIA que serán adoptadas en Francia.

Gracias para las familias adoptantes!!



Le week-end du 11 au 12 Septembre, la Société Protectrice des Animaux de Mont de Marsan et Passion Lévriers, avec qui nous avons partagé le stand, nous ont invité au Forum des Associations qui a eu lieu à cette ville. Ça nous a permis de montrer aux visiteurs la situation des galgos en Espagne et le effort qui entre tous nous faisons pour les sauver de cet enfer espagnol en les ouvrant les portes du paradis.

Nous remercions à tous les deux organisations de leur aimable hospitalité.

Aussi, nous avons profité l´occasion pour ramener les deux merveilles de galgas CONI et YULIA, qui seront adoptés en France.

Merci a des familles adoptants!!



ADOPCIÓN DE MORENA Y LUCY

Morena y Lucy han sido adoptadas juntas en España, y bautizadas como Nara y Tigra, están en el Levante español disfrutando además de cariño familiar de una artística villa.



ADOPCIÓN DE YOIS

Yois, "la afortunada". Consiguió ser retirada del árbol del ahorcamiento, con un hilo de vida. Sus patas apenas apoyaban en el suelo- tal vez eso la salvó al prolongarla la agonía-. Estuvo en tratamiento varias semanas debido a la gran infección de la soga en el cuello.

Tiene problemas de timidez debido al "schock". Fobia extrema a los hombres. No se acerca a nadie espontaneamente. (por eso las fotos se tomaron de lejos).

Necesitaba una familia "especial" para su adopción. Esta familia fuera de lo común apareció. Así que YOIS, vive con ellos, en Madrid, en una casa fantástica y sobre todo rodeada de amor. Sus nuevos papás son extremedamente pacientes, diariamente luchan por ofrecerle confianza.

Lo que es más sorprendente es que comparte su vida nueva con otros dos dogos alemanes, y un samoyedo que han entendido su historia. No solo la han aceptado desde el primer día sino que se han erigido en sus protectores frente a cualquier invasor visitante que pueda molestarla. !!!!!

NOVIEMBRE 2004

Thais y Copito son reclamados desde Francia para su nueva vida. Christiane y Allain de Passion Levriers han venido con su "gran ambulancia" hasta el país vasco donde nos hemos dado cita para entregarlas.

Después de estar con estos galguillos tantas semanas - como nos ocurre siempre- pues......"síndrome de separación".



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