Written by Jan Gamm
Thursday, 15 September 2011
ritual in Tordesillas: particularly abhorrent to animal rights groups
Tear gas stops slaughter of a bull in Tordesillas
A WOMAN animal rights
activist launched tear gas into the crowd attending the Toro de la Vega
celebrations this week in the town of Tordesillas, 28km southwest of
Valladolid during a traditional 'bull run' that takes place in the second
week of September each year.
The annual bestial ritual of 'spearing' a
bull carefully selected for its weight (which must be more than 500kilos and
of a specific age and quality) is particularly abhorrent, especially amongst
animal rights groups.
The ugly ritual involves men armed with
spears torturing the animal until it eventually collapses before it is
killed and its testicles cut off for the entertainment of crowds of
spectators. The man who deals the fatal blow traditionally receives the gift
of an iron spear.
One of those affected by the tear gas was a
local Guardia Civil officer, attending the ritual to prevent interference by
activists. The woman that released the gas was arrested and handcuffed at
the scene before being transferred to the Guardia Civil barracks.
Investigations are under way to determine whether the woman acted alone or
with support from fellow activists.