ANIMAL DEFENCE, PROTECTION AND RESCUE
Spain is leading animal abandonment and mistreatment one more year compared to other European countries. In Spain almost 150,000 dogs and cats are abandoned every year, 110,000 dogs and 40,000 cats a year, of which 80,000 in Andalusia alone and 8,000 in Nuestra Provincia, Almeria. Unfortunately these data are not definitive if not, that they are obtained with the data that provide the protectors who collaborate with the study of the private foundation affinity but do not include the figures of the abandoned animals that are collected by kennels of municipalities, or autonomous communities. So the total number is much higher and the fate of these animals even more tragic. There are also no statistics on the number of abused dogs in our country.
MAIN REASONS FOR ABANDONMENT
16% Economic Reasons
13% Unwanted Litters
12% Behavior of the specimen
35% Completion of Hunting
9% Loss of Interest for the animal
15% Other causes
IF STERILIZATION OF PETS WERE MORE WIDESPREAD IN SPAIN WE COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE ABANDONMENTS
It is very important for the future adopter to understand that the so-called “Hunting Dogs” like Podencos, Greyhounds etc… o Dogs of Prey for Big Game like Pitbulls, American Stanford etc. or the Bretons, Pointers, Bracos, Setters etc. that are the most common for this affiction, they have not been called hunting dogs because they need more exercise or oros habits of coexistence different, they have been named because of their physical characteristics they meet the requirements of their hunter, that is to say, Greyhounds are lightweight and run faster, they are tall to jump over rocks and bushes on the road and so they choose them for hunting hares as well as the podencos for hunting the rabbit. The characteristics of the dogs of prey, for their strength and bite are chosen for the big game. Others how for example the Bracos are chosen for their physical characteristics for hunting birds, with this we want to emphasize, that not because they are hunting dogs need more exercise than any other dog, regardless of their size.
It is also important to note, that there is a great lack of awareness on the part of the public regarding the compatibility between a big dog and a flat, we clarify that, the large or very large dog needs less exercise time to wear out its energy than a small-sized dog, that is, a large-sized dog gets tired much more than a small or mini-sized dog, so in no case, A large dog is not compatible with a flat, quite the contrary. A large or very large dog only needs one square meter to be able to lie down yn balanced dog who gets his physical and mental exercise needs covered outside the house, has to associate his territory (Floor) The tranquility and as long as you have space to lie down and get a quality of exercise outside will be compatible regardless of your size. The dog also does not notice if your house has garden, or terrace or does not have it, the dog in the absence of its caretaker, the only thing to do is to wait for it and does not care if its territory has terrace, garden or sea views, With this we conclude that no matter what your type of housing is when choosing a dog or its size, the most important thing when choosing a dog is your energy, schedule, availability, experience etc.
HUNTING IN SPAIN CAUSES SUFFERING IN DOGS
Spain is the only country in the European Union that still allows hunting with greyhounds or other dogs that are not mere companions of the hunter, but are used as a hunting tool competing with each other to catch hares, foxes and other prey. Other countries where this practice was also common, have banned it for decades. These include Germany, where it has not been legal since 1952, or Belgium, since 1995. Scotland also ceased hunting in 2002 and the United Kingdom in 2004. “Dogs used in different hunting modalities are considered mere objects by many of their owners. Under this relationship they neglect many of their basic needs, are explicitly mistreated in order to obtain their submission and obedience, and in many cases find a premature and horrendous death or the most cruel abandonment, which also denounces the “attempt of the hunting sector” to request the declaration of various forms of heritage of humanity, such as the mounts and the remalas, “to shield them” in the face of the protests of the animalists.
40% of dogs who are mistreated are hunting dogs, according to Seprona
The associations put the number of greyhounds and greyhounds abandoned every year in our country as a result of hunting, although there are no official data or statistics on this subject, because there is no control over the keeping and rearing of these animals either. The Spanish Federation of Greyhounds, which groups the federated greyhounds of our country, categorically denies these figures and claims that all the greyhounds of its nearly 13,000 federated (4,000 of them breeders) are registered since birth in a Origin Register Book, a “prerequisite” for taking part in the tests. But the protectors report that there are many illegal activities and breeders.
13% of dropouts in 2016 were due to the end of the hunting season
Even so, the incidence of hunting in the abandonment or mistreatment of dogs is enormous. Statistics of the cases handled by the Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard (Seprona) between 2012 and 2016 show that 40% of the dogs that suffered mistreatment, abandonment or theft were greyhounds or other hunting breeds. In those five years, the Seprona counted 27,724 hunting dogs that suffered some kind of mistreatment, be it abandonment, malnutrition, hanging, beatings or poisoning, among others. In any case, the actual number of dogs affected is much higher, since the Civil Guard only counts the cases in which they intervene, without taking into account the actions of municipalities, communities or associations. The latest report from the Affinity Foundation, the only one that collects data from several protectors and kennels, attributes to the end of the hunting season 13% of the abandonments that occurred in 2016. “The suffering of these dogs is not visible and not even imagined, especially in urban settings, but is perpetuated in many rural areas where they are considered mere tools of work, without the ability to feel pain, hunger or suffering”, says the Association No to Hunting.