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Supreme Court Bans The Brutal Torture Of Bulls In ‘Toro De La Vega’ Fest

by | March 29, 2019

After years of perusing the Spanish decision-making body to put an end to the brutal torture of bulls in Toro de la Vega” festival, victory finally comes to the animal rights activists. The Spanish Supreme Court upholds a ban to the inhumane torture on bulls in the mask of celebration. Scroll down to know more.

Supreme Court Bans The Brutal Torture Of Bulls In 'Toro De La Vega' Fest
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What Happens At The Festival?

Tell about this festival to a child, and it will innocently ask you, why? Having been celebrated since the medieval eras, the “Tor de la Vega” festival is a bull festival observed in the town of Tordesillas. During the cruel festival, a bull is chased by men laden on horses with spears armed. The bull is chased through the city and surrounding countryside, relentlessly perusing the animal, and stabbing it mercilessly on the way, until it breaks the sweat and then it is finally stabbed to death.

Torture Of Bulls In ‘Toro De La Vega’ Comes To An End

“Toro de la Vega” takes place in Spain’s Castilla y León region in September every year, reportedly notwithstanding 74% of Spanish citizen’s (between ages 16-65) opposition in the bull fiesta. Animal rights activists like PETA and others in 2016 breathed a sigh of relief when the regional government of Castilla y León outlawed the stabbing bull festival. But, the celebration (of animal rights activists) was very short lived because as soon the regional government banned the killing fiesta, the Tordesillas City Council filled back an appeal to the apex court of the country defending the decision of outlawing the festival. According to the council, there was no reason to prohibit the bull killing.

Outlawing The Torture Of Bulls In ‘Toro De La Vega’ Festival: A Milestone Indeed

After years of relentless persuasion by animal rights groups like PETA and local Spanish groups like PACMA, and Humane Society International/Europe (HIS), the Spanish Supreme Court reportedly upheld a ban to the appalling festival in the Castilla y León region of Spain, finally. The decision came after the apex court officially ruleed out the appeal of the regional council that defended prohibition of the 500 years old barbaric festival, bringing an end to the horrifying practice. To the horrors of animal lovers, the bull’s tail would be ripped out while the animal is still alive, apart from the darting and spearing, reported PETA. And what is more stupefying, the ultimate killer of the animal would be awarded a ceremonial spear and a medal in the festival.

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Supreme Court Bans The Brutal Torture Of Bulls In ‘Toro De La Vega’ Fest

In a statement to Vegan Food & Living, Senior Director of Public Affairs for HSI stated- this (outlawing bullfight) is an ‘important victory.’ He went on to say- “The Spanish Supreme Court has recognized that the medieval ‘tradition’ of allowing a terrified bull to be chased to exhaustion and then stabbed to death by a spear-wielding mob has no place in modern society. We salute our Spanish colleagues who have fought against the backward attempts of Tordesillas Council to reverse an earlier decision to prohibit the public killing of the bull during the annual Toro de la Vega fiesta.”

A bullfight Cannot be Entertainment

That which inflicts inexplicable pain to an animal is hideous. With over hundreds of Spanish town, supported by even more citizen taking a back turn from bullfighting, the barbaric ‘tradition’ is set to end, gradually. This sadly doesn’t imply bulls aren’t tortured in Spain. Bullfight like horse racing is cruel and should not be devised as a festival. A regional outlawing is the beginning of a more significant movement. What do you feel? Are you happy with the ban imposed on the torture of bulls in ‘Toro De La Vega’ festival? Let me know in the comments below.


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