The Spanish Supreme Court has recently given a historic verdict, banning all activities relating to bulls’ torture at the Toro de la Vega festival.
Animal lovers have declared victory after Spain’s Supreme Court decided to finally put to an end the torture of bulls at the Toro de la Vega festival in the Castilla y León region of Spain.
For years, animal activists and animal welfare organizations such as PACMA, CAS International and Humane Society International (HSI) have worked to end this brutal, over a 500-old tradition of chasing, stabbing and ultimately killing bulls at the barbaric event.
The Toro de la Vega fiesta takes place in Tordesillas, in the Castilla y León region of Spain, each September, even though nearly 75 percent of Spanish citizens aged between 16 and 65 oppose the bull fiesta.
During the event, spear-wielding men on horseback chase a bull out of the town and into the surrounding countryside. The bull is relentlessly pursued and stabbed with spears until he’s cornered before being heartlessly stabbed to death.
Back in 2016, the regional government of Castilla y León banned the brutal activity at the festival, but the Tordesillas City Council appealed the ruling at the Supreme Court.
But the Supreme Court, thankfully, rejected the appeal to put an end to over 500 years of torture inflicted on young bulls.
Speaking about the landmark decision, Dr. Jo Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs for HSI, said in a statement:
“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.”
“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.”
This ruling is an important milestone in the context of a far-reaching movement that’s spreading throughout Spain. More people don’t want to attend festivals or any event where animals are tortured for human entertainment.
In fact, more than 100 cities have already banned bullfighting, and according to a recent survey by PETA, 80 percent of Spaniards are against these events.
PETA commented following the ban:
“This victory is part of a wider movement in Spain, as more and more people are speaking out against festivals and other events in which bulls are tortured in the name of entertainment.”
“To date, over 100 towns have banned bullfighting, and according to an Ipsos MORI poll, over 80 percent of Spanish people oppose the cruel event. The tide is turning against this barbaric “tradition.”