On the 25th and 27th of this month in Algemesí, Valencia, the next "traditional" spectacle of extreme sadism towards innocent animals will be celebrated in Spain: Several calves will be chased down the streets while the rabble stab them with 6 to 8 cm spears. Witnesses say it is heart wrenching to hear their pityful screams while they get tortured and try hopelessly to hide from the spears. When they are too tired and bleeding on the ground they are finished off with an 80 cm sword, stabbed up to 40 times. Thousands of people participate in this "fiesta" and and many very young children witness the torture and massacre.
Send your letter of protest to:
President of the Spanish Government
Francisco Enrique Camps Ortiz
And please ring or fax the Spanish Embassy in your country! Thank you.
Estimados Señores, Señoras,
Sepa Ud´que los animales sufren tanto como los humanos y merecen nuestra compasión y respeto. No visitaré ningún lugar de España en donde se cometan este tipo de atrocidades.
Le ruego que prohiba el uso de los animales en la fiesta. Por favor intervenga con las autoridades locales para que se acabe con esta horrible tradición para siempre y para que se siga adelante con la fiesta sin animales.
No visitaremos España hasta que en las fiestas populares no se torturen animales.
Translation: I have recently learned that several calves will be tortured and killed in Valencia, in honor of a religious fiesta celebrated the 25th and 27th of this month. These sadistic acts are committed each year with no intervention from local authorites. The civilized world, in this day and age, will not accept such cruelty and barbarism toward innocent animals. Animals suffer as much as people and deserve our compassion and respect. I will not visit any place in Spain where such atrocities are committed.
I beg you to prohibit the use of animals in this fiesta. Please intervene with local authorities to put an end to this horrible tradition, once and for all.
We will not visit Spain while animals get tortured in the "fiestas".