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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the mistreatment of Spanish greyhounds (galgos) in Spain and the need for a large-scale education campaign

Sophie Montel, Marine Le Pen, Dominique Bilde, Florian Philippot, Steeve Briois, Aymeric Chauprade, Gerolf Annemans, Philippe Loiseau, Jean-François Jalkh, Sylvie Goddyn, Mireille D’Ornano, Mara Bizzotto, Aldo Patriciello, Marie-Christine Arnautu, Ivo Vajgl, Gilles Lebreton, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Bernard Monot, Dominique Martin, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Marlene Mizzi, Milan Zver, Georges Bach, Mylène Troszczynski

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the mistreatment of Spanish greyhounds (galgos) in Spain and the need for a large-scale education campaign  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012–2015,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas hunting with greyhounds is traditional in some Spanish provinces but gives rise to unacceptable abuse;

B.     whereas animal protection associations have been condemning the mistreatment of Spanish greyhounds (galgos) for several years now in the media;

C.     whereas, under cover of a ‘code of honour’, some owners inflict terrible cruelty on their greyhounds (burns, beatings, etc.), abandon them in appalling perreras (dog pounds) or put them to death (often by hanging them);

D.     whereas respect for the subsidiarity principle means that this matter is not governed by European Union legislation;

1.      Calls on the Commission to take practical measures as part of its strategy for the welfare of pets (dogs and cats), providing support for animal and/or greyhound protection associations that are not only working to rescue animals but also setting up sound educational projects in Spain, designed for children in particular.

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