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September 24, 2013

Spanish Politicians to Discuss Bull Fiesta Cruelty

Humane Society International/UK

  • Vulcan, the bull killed at this year's Toro de la Vega fiesta. PACMA/HSI

A motion calling on the Spanish government to ensure animal abuse plays no part in events such as the recent Toro de la Vega bull fiesta has been submitted to the Environment Committee in the Spanish Congress of Deputies by Laia Ortiz, spokesperson for the Plural Left party. It will be discussed by politicians on Wednesday 25 September.

The motion comes after much political and public discussion surrounding the annual event held in Tordesillas earlier this month.

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This year, the Animalista Party (PACMA) presented an 85,000-signature petition and letters calling for the abolition of the fiesta to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (of the People's Party) and the leader of the socialist PSOE party, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.

PACMA also organised a colourful demonstration in central Madrid as part of the "Break a Spear" campaign supported by Humane Society International. The event was attended by more than 15,000 people and generated much debate around and media attention to the cruelty inflicted on animals in the name of entertainment.

Political debate

A number politicians have spoken out against the Toro de la Vega fiesta in recent years. Last September, the Plural Left party initiated a similar motion that was discussed by the Environment Committee. In December 2012, politicians on the Culture Committee in the Senate discussed a motion calling for the event's status as a "Nominated Event of Tourism Interest" to be revoked.

The 2013 fiesta took place on Tuesday, 17 September. The bull, Vulcan, was chased out of the town and into the surrounding countryside, where men on foot and horseback, including 50 officially registered "spearmen", hunted him down. The cornered animal was then stabbed to death. Press reports claimed the chasing and killing took 18 minutes.

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