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September, 2012

Animal rights activists said they would protest a centuries-old
festival in central Spain which a bull is chased and then lanced to

Hundreds of people, many on horseback, are expected to mark the Toro
de la Vega festival in Tordesillas on Tuesday by chasing a bull into a
plain near the town and then throwing lances into the animal until it

The ritual has been held every second Tuesday in September since at least 1453.

Animal rights activists PACMA called on opponents of the tradition to
take part in a protest on Sunday in Tordesillas against the festival,
which predates the introduction of the classic bullfight at the end of
the 17th century.

"It is the cruelest tradition incurred upon an animal in our country,"
the group said in a statement posted on its website.

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