A bloody and brutal event will take place the
second week of September, in a town in Spain called Tordesillas. The "El Toro de
la Vega" run is an annual event where a bull is driven through town and across a
bridge where he awaits his "fate" -- a painful and torturous death as hundreds
of men on horseback stab him with lances.
During this event, the bull, frightened and alone,
suffers hundreds of stab wounds as it tries to escape. Finally, as the
bull is unable to take any more pain, it collapses, and the man who delivers the
final blow to the animal and kills it is honored with a badge and a lance made
of iron -- all while families with children watch from the sidelines as
an animal is brutally tortured and killed.
This event has taken place for hundreds of years,
and so it is justified by the town as a tradition that continues to honor the
patron saint of the town and surrounding area. It was briefly made illegal, but
then re-started in 1999. We can't let cruelty continue, even in the name of deep
traditions. If enough of us speak out, we can pressure officials in Spain to
stop it. Please sign the
petition today to stop the cruel bull fiestas once and for all!
Emily L. The Care2 Petitions Team
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