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**ALL ROUND EXCLUSIVE PICTURES FROM SOLARPIX.COM**.**WORLDWIDE SYNDICATION RIGHTS**.THOUSANDS of healthy greyhounds will be brutally killed this month as Spanish hunters carry out an annual slaughter of their dogs..Animal rights campaigners say 50,000 greyhounds are hanged from trees, burned alive, have their throats slashed, or are abandoned and left to die each year..The dogs are used in hare coursing, but are considered worthless by their owners after two seasons..Many hunters revel in the barbaric practice, punishing those animals they believe have performed badly in the season by giving them particularly horrific deaths..Greyhounds which have "embarrassed" their owners by their slowness are strung in nooses from trees with their feet barely touching the ground, to draw out their deaths..The hunters describe the dogs, called "galgos" in Spanish, as "playing the piano", as they frantically try to steady their feet on the ground..British expatriate Anna Clements, 40, runs a Barcelona-based charity SOS Galgos, which finds homes for around 350 of the rescued dogs a year..She said: "It is the most barbaric and heartless practice you can imagine, and it will be happening this month all over rural Spain. 1 February 2010.Words by Tag Media (Tom Worden) +34 680 152 448..This pic: Mia the greyhound rescued by Anna Clements and her charity SOS Galgos..JOB REF: 10594 AB1       DATE: 01_02_2010.**MUST CREDIT SOLARPIX.COM OR DOUBLE FEE WILL BE CHARGED**.**MUST AGREE FEE BEFORE ONLINE USAGE**.**CALL US ON: +34 952 811 768 or LOW RATE FROM UK 0844 617 7637**