Heroic Action: Woman Tear Gases Crowd to Stop Bull Torture/Death
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Subject: [AR-News] Heroic Action: Woman Tear Gases Crowd to Stop Bull Torture/Death
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 11:00:13 -0700
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Written by Jan Gamm
Thursday, 15 September 2011
The annual 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
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.
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