ANIMAL RIGHTS groups urged Spain to ban the use of dogs in hunting, which they said leads to the abandonment of roughly 50,000 greyhounds each year when they become too slow to hunt with.
Greyhounds, known as “galgos”, are used in Spain for hunting, but when the end of the November-February hunting season comes around their owners often decide they have no further need for them.
Campaigners say many are just abandoned and often starve to death or die in car accidents.
In some cases hunters dispose of their greyhounds by hanging them from trees or throwing them down wells, or they torture poorly performing dogs by breaking their legs or burning them.
Silvia Barquero, the vice president of Pacma, a small animal rights party, said: “A ban on hunting with dogs, as already exists in other European nations, would be a measure that would avoid much suffering to all these animals.”