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Asociación Defensa Derechos Animal Adda Ong

We denounce

Cruel festivals with animals

Popular festivals, where as part of the amusement is to practise harassment, torture and/or death to animals, is one of the clearest examples of primitive and sordid violence vented on them.

Until when?

Coria: “A bull feathered with darts” Tordesilllas: The Vega Bull. The bull is pursued and tormented to death, sticking lance points of more than 30 centimetres in it.

Spain is the only country in the European Union where today, this type of conduct that is so degrading and aberrant and excused by “tradition”, is tolerated and authorized, and carried out length and width of the country, and is financed by public funds. This kind or entertainment based on torture and tormenting live beings, angers and shames the majority of citizens, it degrades those who watch it and discredits the image of a country that aspires to be progressive and civilized. Reports, protests and petitions so that respective governments decide to put an end to this retrogressive situation have been, and continue to be, constant and numerous on behalf of groups, entities and citizens. Silence, tolerance and indifference are the general answer from the public authorities.

Tied bulls Bulls with wooden balls on their horns or fire.

The most practised and extended popular animal festivals in Spain are the ones called “correbous” (running young bulls). This definition includes: bulls tied together, bulls with wooden balls on their horns, waterfront bullfights or cattle shows.

Young bulls, calves, and bulls are victims, for prolonged minutes or hours, of violent efforts, falls, fractures or being trampled. Blows, kicks, pulling tails, or objects being thrown at the animal’s body are frequent.

These cruel practices are found mostly in the Valencian Community, Lower Aragon and South of Catalonia. Penning bulls is another part of the festivals in many towns. Driven by the people the animals have to run along narrow cobbled streets, which means slipping and falling over, injuries and fractures. Frightened and bewildered searching for an exit, quite often the only thing that they can hope for is torture and death in the bullring.

Campaign and signatures handed in requesting the banning of cruelty to animals’ festivals. Harness with balls of pitch Fire is lit on the animal’s forehead

Campaign and signatures handed in requesting the banning of cruelty to animals’ festivals. Harness with balls of pitch Fire is lit on the animal’s forehead

In 1990 and under the declaration “Spain unkind to animals” ADDA denounced and published the first and full list of towns, where it was known that as part of the festival, torture and death to animals was practised. In 1993 a long campaign to collect signatures ended with the delivery of almost 1,500,000 signatures to the Ministry of the Interior. Citizens in Spain and in the whole world asked for this kind of festival to be forbidden and that cruelty to animals be considered a crime in the Criminal Code. Since then we have been insisting to the respective governments on the legal need to put an end to this type of cruelty. However, although for different reasons and actions, some towns have banished or extenuated practising this torture, the ones that continue are still numerous and significant. Pressure by protests at national and international level, campaigns against Spanish blood festivals and other initiatives continue to grow non-stop.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Collaborate with the campaigns and initiatives being carried out.
  • If you hear of a town that celebrates this kind of festival inform one of the groups or entities defending animal rights.
  • If you live in or near one of these towns get in contact with us or organize a stand for criticism and protest against this festival.
  • Collaborate by spreading respect towards animals.