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Activists hijack brutal bull-spearing festival

October 1, 2013

Source The Local

Twenty bulls have been “liberated” from the town of Tordesillas in northern Spain on the eve of a controversial festival in which the whole town hunts down a single animal with spears.

The animals went missing on Saturday night hours before they were due to take part in the notorious Toro de la Vega festival.

Organizers have not ruled out the possibility that animal rights protesters freed the bulls from their stables in the Castile and Leon municipality, online daily El Norte de Castilla reported.

The medieval festival has attracted widespread condemnation for its “savagery and brutality”, with anti-bullfighting party PACMA labelling it one of the “worst examples of animal abuse” in Spain.

Toro de la Vega sees hundreds of spear-wielding participants taking on a 600-kilo beast through the streets and fields of Tordesillas.

The bull, which is surrounded by a multitude of people on foot and on horseback, is only pardoned if it makes it past the fighting zone limits standing.

Ten to fifteen thousand people took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to call for an end to the ancient bullfighting tradition.

PACMA spokesperson Laura Duarte led the march past Spain’s ruling Popular Party headquarters.

“The PP authorize this festivity in Castile and Leon and opposition party PSOE organize it,” Duarte told digital daily 20minutos.

“They’re both equally responsible for what’s happening in Tordesillas but they won’t change anything unless it’s in their own interests.”

An online campaign launched by Spain’s Animal Dignity Platform has seen thousands of participants holding up signs with the message “I’ll take the bull’s place” as well them posting images of them symbolically breaking spears in half.

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all hail the HEROS
putting the kibbosh
on the ZEROS! :)

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

so who is the terrorist here.
we know the answer,
it is very clear.
three cheers and
around of applause
for those who stand
up for those of fur,
fins, scales, wings,
paws or claws!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

14 Comments leave one →
  1. lindabadham permalink
    October 1, 2013 12:34 pm



    • October 1, 2013 12:39 pm

      Completely agree! Unquestionable heroes, all of them. I thank them forever!


  2. October 1, 2013 12:55 pm

    Je” suis tout à fait contre ce ” genre de Sport “


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 1, 2013 2:57 pm

    all hail the HEROS
    putting the kibbosh
    on the ZEROS! 🙂


  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 1, 2013 4:18 pm

    so who is the terrorist here.
    we know the answer,
    it is very clear.
    three cheers and
    around of applause
    for those who stand
    up for those of fur,
    fins, scales, wings,
    paws or claws!!!!


    • October 1, 2013 6:16 pm

      I love this one, it demonstrates so well the insanity of the world response (status quo in any case) in cases of animal liberation.


  5. catwhispurrer permalink
    October 2, 2013 6:52 pm

    THIS JUST MADE MY DAY!!! I am so proud of those freedom fighters taking ACTION after giving their VOICES to the bulls!!! It was exactly the kind of news I NEEDED to hear … Hallelujah for this renewed hope & enlightenment within our world at last. This was like snatching our fragile humanity hanging by a thread … from the jaws of MONSTERS just in the nick of time. The Draconian Spain of the dark ages moves bravely into the 21st century!!


  6. October 2, 2013 7:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Sometimes, things need to be done differently.



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