Toro de la Vega - a national disgrace!

Spanish town holds bull-spearing festival despite protests


A fighting bull was speared to death in central Spain on Tuesday as the town of Tordesillas continued a 500-year-old tradition despite clashes between participants and animal rights campaigners.

Protesters have vowed to end the "Toro de la Vega" bullfighting event, where hunters on horseback and on foot chase a bull through a pine forest before killing it with spears.
 
Around 100 people staged a sit-in along the route the bull was due to run. There were scuffles and fist fights between the protesters and supporters of the event, who view it as a pure battle between man and beast, pointing to strict rules on how the bull can be killed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Comments

José said…
Hi Graham,

I have never heard about Toro de la Vega but, as you told me about it and you say in this post, I don´t understand the reason because they do this barbarity. It should be banned. So far, it shouldn’t be necessary because the people from Vega, that is, from that village or town, should reach a level of intelligence enough to understand that’s wildness.

I always remember the book Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, when I hear about this treatment to animals. What’d be the matter if we were animals and, by contrast, they were human beings? In my opinion, this people don’t read anything, but do they know to read? ¡What a pity!

See you.
Graham said…
Hi José,

I will never understand why a country permits such cruelty to animals. Unfortunately, mistreatment of animals is not exclusive to Spain. However, there are few countries in the developed world in which torturing and killing animals for fun happens on such a scale as it does here.


I had never heard of Toro de la Vega. The first time was when you told me about it and posted the news about it here. I don´t understand the reason why they do this barbarity. It should be banned. It shouldn’t be necessary because the people from Vega, that is, from that village or town, should reach a level of intelligence enough to understand that it's savagery.

I always remember the book Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, when I hear about such treatment of animals. What would happen if we were animals and, by contrast, they were human beings? In my opinion, this people don’t read anything, do they even know how to read? What a disgrace! / It's disgraceful.