On the night of 2nd November, at around 3.00am, one or
several people broke into Tarragona's Animal Protection Refuge (Spain),
where more than 200 animals sleep. These "people" chose 15 dogs of
small-medium size amongst the most sociable and friendly, and took them
outside. The dogs were then tied to a tree, covered with blankets, and
were brutally mutilated – their front paws were severed, either by a
chain-saw or machete.
Nine of the fifteen dogs were still alive when the
volunteer workers arrived on Saturday morning. They still had the energy
to wag their tails. Their lives could not be saved, and they were
euthanized, after spending an agonizing night, bleeding to death. One of
the dogs was a female, which dragged herself to her 20 days old puppies
to feed them.
By Sunday 4th November, 5 small-medium sized and several
big dogs were still missing.
A demonstration in Madrid, the Spanish capital, will
take place on Saturday 17th November and a further demonstration is
planned for Sunday 2nd December in the Animal Protection Refuge where
the dogs were tortured.
All the Spanish animal protection associations are
asking for tougher penalties for animal cruelty. In Spain you may only
get a fine to pay, and that is not in all the regions. Signatures are
now being collected to ask the government for national tough legislation
against animal cruelty. In order for this to be considered, 500,000
signatures from Spanish citizens are needed.
However, people from all over the world can put pressure
on the Spanish government, asking for appropriate measures to be taken.
Spanish economy relies on tourism, so that is the best place to start
with. Please write to the Spanish Prime Minister and ask him to do
something for the animals, NOW. We have included a sample letter (in
English and Spanish) or alternatively you can create your own. Please
ask all your friends and family to support this campaign and to send a
letter or email.
Thanks a lot.
Mari-Carmen and Celia
Excmo. Sr. Jose Maria Aznar
Presidente del Gobierno
Complejo de la Moncloa
Phone + 34 –91- 335 3535 Fax + 34 –91- 390 0329
Estimado Sr. Aznar,
Me he enterado del reciente trágico suceso cometido en
la Protectora de Animales de Tarragona, donde a quince de los perros se
les dejo morir en un charco de su propia sangre después de que unos
criminales no identificados les hubieron mutilado las patas delanteras.
Encuentro todavía peor el hecho de que si los criminales son encontrados
y penalizados ningún castigo penal será aplicado debido a la ausencia de
leyes en la Constitución Española dirigidas a la protección de los
derechos de los animales. Si los criminales son alguna vez identificados
solo tendrían que pagar una multa por sus crimines en lugar de pasar
tiempo en prisión. Quiero añadir mi voz a la de aquellos ciudadanos
españoles que piensan que tal crimen no debe ir sin castigo.
Le pido a Ud. y a su gobierno que creen nuevas leyes
para proteger a los animales y para castigar a individuos que cometan
crueldades tales como la reciente masacre de Tarragona. Ha sido
demostrado por especialistas que la crueldad contra animales es el
primer paso hacia el asesinato de otros seres humanos, y la mayoría de
los asesinos en serie han manifestado crueldad contra los animales
durante su infancia. Espero que esto le haga comprender la seriedad del
Espero que tome los pasos necesarios para establecer los
tan necesitados derechos de los animales en su país, de lo contrario no
visitare España y pediré a mis familiares y amigos que hagan lo mismo.
No aceptare visitar un país donde tales atrocidades son permitidas.
Country (very important)
Dear Mr Aznar,
I have been informed about the recent tragic events
perpetrated in the Refuge for Dogs in Tarragona where fifteen of their
dogs were left to die in a pool of their own blood after having their
front paws mutilated by some unidentified criminals. I am even more
appalled to hear that if the criminals are to be found and prosecuted no
punishment will be applied due to the lack of any laws in the Spanish
Constitution aimed at protecting animal rights. If the criminals are
ever identified they would only be required to pay a fine for their
crimes instead of serving some time in prison. I want to add my voice to
those of the Spanish citizens who think such a crime should not go
I urge you and your Government to create new laws to
protect animals and to punish individuals who perpetrate cruelties such
as the recent massacre in Tarragona. It has been proved by scientists
that animal cruelty is the first step in ladder to murdering other
fellow human-beings, and most serial killers have been identified as
animal abuser in their childhood. I trust this will make you understand
the seriousness of the case.
I hope you will take the necessary steps to establish
the so much needed animal rights in your country, otherwise I will not
visit Spain and will ask my family and friends to do the same. I am not
prepared to visit a country where such atrocities are allowed.
Waiting to hear encouraging news.
Country (very important)
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