Genre opposition |  Abusing a bull is not a party - El Salto

Genre opposition | Abusing a bull is not a party – El Salto

With the normalization of the coronavirus pandemic, all the parties postponed since March 2020 and the animal abuse that unfortunately took place in numerous celebrations were also celebrated again.

One of the most abused animals in Spanish popular festivals is the bull. Our country is sadly known because its culture prides itself on continuing to protect the bullfight, which literally means “fight against the bull”.

The first historical reference to a bullfight was made in 1080 as part of the celebratory program for the wedding of Sancho de Estrada in the province of Ávila. Since then, bullfighting has been a controversial topic for centuries, sometimes supported by some monarchs and suspended by others. But unfortunately it is an application that always bounces back.

Spain is the country with the most diverse methods of bullfighting in the world. The most prominent:

Incarceration: the oldest modality. It started when hunters needed to transport cattle to towns or slaughterhouses.

Rope: A rope is tied to the bull’s horns at one end and someone holds it at the other end by pulling it to force it to go in one direction or control its movements. For centuries, this has been the way to drive bulls in villages. Thanks to this, the animal did not escape, and in case of any problems it was quickly taken into custody.

Fire bull: Iron surcharges are placed on bull horns that end with two balls prepared with sulfur put on fire. The animal smears it with mud to “try to prevent” its burning.

Bous a la mar: A square, part of which is open to the sea, is established. The goal is for the bull to follow the fans until they fall into the sea.

Freeing the bulls: Bulls from the farms are released on the streets of the towns.

These are just a few of the types of “festival” celebrated using the bull’s pain for fun.

On the other hand, although bullfighting is a less popular activity in the north than in other parts of the Spanish State, this fact did not prevent a total of 7 bullfights from being planned for Bilbao’s Great Week, one bullfighting was held on horseback) and a bullfighting novillada picada (Bullfighting). bullfighting for which a person who has not graduated as a graduate is responsible).

We still have something to celebrate: bullfights less than half of the arena occupied, with almost no locals. Even bullfighting fans are aware that the industry, especially in Bilbao, is in an increasingly critical situation: Vista Alegre is piling up in the bullfighting arena. Losses of more than half a million euros since 2017.

Another good news to note is that this year the controversial festival of El Toro de la Vega in Tordesillas (Valladolid) was held on Tuesday, September 13, but without using a spear to hurt or kill the bull. The animal-loving party PACMA filed a complaint, claiming that the damage done to the bull by the 50 spearmen attending the festival was irreparable, however, the High Court of Justice of Castilla y León cautiously suspended the “celebration”. Finally, it was carried out in the form of confinement. Hundreds of people harassed a bull on foot and on horseback until it was exhausted.

While this news is positive, we are still a long way from a complete elimination of such actions in Spain. Bulls, mortal or undead, continue to suffer heart attacks from stress, falls, and breaks while sliding on asphalt roads, and are subject to inactions, breaks, and intense psychological suffering that they do not deserve or must experience for human entertainment.

To fight this you have a Request by Anima Naturalis with Cas International to end all the cruel parties with the bulls.

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