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Bull Speared To Death As Part Of Spanish Festival | Care2 Causes

Bull Speared To Death As Part Of Spanish Festival | Care2 Causes

Hundreds of revelers in Tordesillas, Spain riding horses and waving spears turned out Tuesday for the medieval “Toro De La Vega” festival where a bull is tortured and ultimately stabbed to death. This year’s victim was a black bull named Afligido (Spanish for Sorrowful). Every second Tuesday in September since 1453, a fighting bull is lured from the village of Tordesillas to cross a bridge over the River Duero and into the Vega plain before it can be killed to “honor the Virgin del la Pena.” Men on foot and horseback chase and gore the bull with spears until they can bring the animal to its death. Some 200 animal activists staged a rally in Madrid to condemn the festival, but only one protester attended the event. She sprayed an irritant at some of the participants and was taken away by police. According to the Montreal Gazette , protesters carried banners and chanted “Tor...

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