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Opening up dialogues around the use of hunting dogs and animal welfare

In many parts of the world, dogs are man’s best friend. However, in Spain, an ancient breed of hunting dog, the Galgo, is being horrifically abused and tortured; thousands are killed annually, and countless more are abandoned, but of this, very little is known.

Yo Galgo is the journey of filmmaker Yeray Lopez, who sets out to investigate the plight of the galgo in Spain, after his own galgo helped him get through a heavy depression. The investigation takes Yeray to the breeders, who use the dogs for hare coursing, and deep into the hunting world where galgos are mass bred in hopes of finding a champion. The film explores the passions for competing, breeding and hunting with Galgos as well as the consequences such unregulated practices have for thousands of dogs every year. Yo Galgo sheds a light on the cruel, inhumane practices of modern day hunters who have reduced an entire dog breed to a short-lived commodity. The film also explores the relentless work of organisations striving to help the ever-growing population of abandoned dogs.

Yo Galgo is a film about an invisible genocide taking place while the authorities look the other way. It’s an exposé of the sharp divide between animal rights and the traditions of a nation.

AWARDS

Awarded OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM at the Genesis Awards 2018, by The Humane Society.

Nominated at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for ‘Best Original Song – Documentary’. We are up against names like Quincy Jones, Diane Warren, Tim McGraw, and Patti Smith.

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Channeling global interests

From the beginning we understood that this film could and should become an international piece and we planned for that. But we did not expect so much interest when we started opening up the project to the public.

To increase the impact of the documentary once finished, we decided to create digital meeting points in which to share opinions and network. We started with a daily publication on Instagram and Facebook, which soon took off with tents of thusands of followers, but did not stop there. In 2016 Yo Galgo launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to partly fund the production. The campaign became the most successful Spanish Kickstarter in the audiovisual category, with supporters from all over the world.

In collaboration with the NGO World Animal Protection Netherlands we collected more than 100.000 signatures demanding the Spanish Government to ban hunting with galgos.

Yo Galgo has been contacted by European parliamentarians, both in Spain and in Germany, as well as lobbyist in The Hague, in an attempt to bring this issue to the European chamber.

Coordination and promotion of demonstrations in favor of protecting the galgo in 31 Spanish cities, with the NGO “No a la Caza con Galgo y otras Razas” and another ten around the world.

We are looking to collaborate with creatives, projects, scientists, and organizations that have nature and the wellbeing of animals at the core of their values. We would like to help showcase, co-produce, and help out, bringing whatever we know and whatever we have to stories that raise awareness about the importance to protect nature. If you are one of them, please contact us.