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Heartbreaking photos of greyhounds caught in an age-old Spanish hunting tradition
the washington post
Jun 7, 2019
By David Arribas and Dee Swann

The Washington Post partnered with Visura in an open call for submissions of photo essays. The Post selected five winners and three honorable mentions out of almost 300 submissions. We are presenting one of the five winners today here on In Sight — photographer David Arribas, and his work “Scars.”

Arribas’s passion for documenting the Spanish greyhounds of the wild hare dog hunting tradition in Spain began when he saw a greyhound almost get hit by a car. He stopped to try to catch it, but it jumped a fence and darted away. His curiosity about why the dog feared him led him to discover the terrible treatment of the dogs.

Spain is one of the only countries in the European Union that still permits wild hare hunting using greyhounds. “What was formerly a form of sustenance for families in rural areas, has now been reinvented and turned into sport, preserving its practice within the cultural tradition of the country,” Arribas said.


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