The galgo is used for hunting and competition in the fields of Spain. Every year over 50.000-100.000 galgos are considered not apt for hunting and discarded; either abandoned, hung, drowned, beaten to death or killed in other ways.
Welcome to YO GALGO´s cannel, here we will share everything related with the film, our making off, new videos, articles and the results of our investigations, hoping to spark a much needed debate about how we relate with the galgo and other hunting dogs.
YO GALGO is a feature film about life and traditions in the villages, about an invisible genocide taking place while the authorities look the other way. It’s about the tireless people working to rescue these dogs, and about the new and modern Spain versus the conservative and traditional one.
Little is known about the world of hunting and competing with galgos (the world’s fastest dog). How and why is it practiced? How much money changes hands with this activity and its relationship with the powers that govern? YO GALGO is an investigative feature film that paints a picture of the consequences of these hobbies for hundreds of thousands of galgos. It shows us a glimpse into human nature through the use of these dogs; the abuse, the tradition and the silence kept by people and institutions about it. A clash between the modern and old Spain.
YO GALGO is also the story of Bacalao, a young galga who returns to her homeland, Spain, after growing up in Denmark, trying to answer a very important question: What would have happened to her had she stayed in Spain and ended up in other hands? Would she still be alive today?
Bacalao permits the film to enter the circles of deeply rooted customs that until now have never been documented. YO GALGO tries to understand the passion for hunting and competing with galgos, but also looks into the horrors that these dogs endure as a consequence of this sport, which are completely ignored by the authorities. The aim is to tell both sides of the story, on the theory that dialogue and understanding are important tool for change.
Our belief is that a debate around animal use is needed, that many stories that are important don’t appear in the media today. A perfect example is what goes on in Spain with thousands of galgos every year. That´s why we started the film and this platform.
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