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September 10, 2012

HSI, PACMA and CAS International Demand End to Spain’s Toro de la Vega Bull Fiesta

Humane Society International

  • The cruelty of the Toro de la Vega fiesta can never be an acceptable form of entertainment. PACMA/HSI/CAS International

The Partido Animalista PACMA, Humane Society International and CAS International urge the Territorial Delegate of the Junta de Castilla y León in Valladolid, Spain to put an end to the Toro de la Vega fiesta.

With their “Break a Spear” campaign and a planned peaceful demonstration in the municipality of Tordesillas, these organizations once again show their absolute opposition to an event that lacks social support due to its inherent cruelty toward bulls. The three organizations join  together to demand that the accountable political leadership  end the cruelty of the annual Toro de la Vega tournament in Tordesillas, Valladolid.

On June 19, the three organizations delivered more than 71,000 signatures against the fiesta to the Territorial Delegate of the Junta de Castilla y León in Valladolid, who has yet to respond to the written petition. Consequently, campaign participants will break a spear in favor of animals, asking for an end to this tournament.

Earlier this year, the Tordesillas Municipality approved the declaration of the Toro de la Vega tournament as “Intangible Cultural Heritage”, a petition that was never approved by the Courts of Castilla y León.

During the tournament, scheduled to take place on Tuesday Sept. 11, a group of people armed with spears, both on foot and on mounts, will chase a bull into the field, where the animal will be wounded with spears before being stabbed to death.

“Cruelty toward animals is not an ethical form of entertainment. Any event that allows an animal to be tortured  and killed by men armed with spears can never be justified as a cultural event,” said Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International.

“Spain’s image abroad is being severely tarnished by this event,” added Marius Kolff, director of CAS International, an organization based in the Netherlands.

Also on Tuesday, a group of Partido Animalista PACMA supporters will gather at the Plaza del Callao in downtown Madrid, where they will break a spear as a symbolic reminder that bulls have been killed at the festival.

Information about the campaign, which has attracted the support of celebrities such as writer Rosa Montero, athlete Rafa Martínez and actor Fernando Tejero, can be found at http://www.rompeunalanza.com (in Spanish) and on Humane Society International’s website: hsi.org (in English)


Media Contact: Rebecca Basu, 301-258-3152, rbasu@humanesociety.org

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