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November 16, 2011

Complaint Lodged Over Bull Fiesta Killing

Humane Society International

  • The bleeding bull is surrounded. PACMA/HSI/CAS

  • Bulls are stuck with lances. PACMA/HSI/CAS

Humane Society International, Partido Animalista Contra el Maltrato Animal (PACMA) and CAS International submitted a complaint to officials in Tordesillas, Spain, in response to the killing of a bull during the Toro de la Vega fiesta in September 2011.

This statement of concern, endorsed by 11 Spanish veterinarians and biologists, questions the manner in which the bull was killed and asks for a review of the information in relation to the regulations covering such events.

The Toro de la Vega festival took place on 13 September 2011 in Tordesillas, in the Castilla y León region of Spain. It was the subject of much media and political attention in Spain at the time and featured on a major Spanish current affairs programme, “El Intermedio.”

Film, photographs and reports of the September event show a bull being chased from the town into the surrounding countryside. Pursued by a large group of followers on horseback and on foot, the bull is "stuck" with long lances until, eventually cowed, he is stabbed to death. According to reports the bull suffered for up to 25 minutes and was killed with a lance, an instrument not recognised as appropriate for severing a bull’s spinal cord.

Break a Spear

In a show of opposition to the fiesta, HSI, PACMA and CAS International launched the “Break a Spear” campaign, which calls for an end to the suffering of animals during such fiestas.

Cultural heritage

Earlier this year, the Tordesillas Council recognized the Toro de la Vega fiesta as an event of “cultural heritage.”

Let UNESCO know that you would never support a move to accept bullfighting, or any other act of animal cruelty, as a practice worthy of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Sign HSI’s letter to UNESCO.

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