Spain has upheld its boycott of the torment and torture of bulls for the Toro de la Vega, a medieval bull “celebration” festival in the town of Tordesillas, in the region of Valladolid. The move has been applauded by animal rights groups and the general public.
The Toro de la Vega happens each September. Amid the party, individuals riding horses use lances and drive bulls out of the town into unfamiliar territories. Several lancers are included, a significant number of whom attempt to stab and wound the bull to death once it has achieved the open fields.
The occasion has gotten criticism as of late; research paper from 2015 found that almost 75% – 74 percent – of Spanish natives aged somewhere in the range of 16 and 65 contradict the festival.
In 2016, the Castilla y León government restricted the wounding to death of bulls at the celebration. The Tordesillas City Council attempted to the renounce the decision, in any case, Spain’s Supreme Court dismissed the intrigue, putting a conclusion to over 500 years of animal cruelty and remorselessness against bulls.
The Europe division of the Humane Society International (HSI) has commended the Supreme Court’s choice. In an announcement, Dr. Jo Swabe, HSI’s Senior Director of Public Affairs, stated:
“This is an important victory in the fight against the torture and killing of sentient animals for public entertainment.”
“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,” Swabe remarked.
They included, “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.”
Instead of bullfighting occasions, natives are celebrating in cruelty-free ways. In Mataelpino in focal Spain, local people presented the Running of the Balls, whereby a monster 125kg polystyrene ball – painted to resemble a bull – is moved through the town, “pursuing” residents who share the enthusiasm.