Target: Counselor of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Castile and León Alicia García Rodríguez
Goal: Put an end to the barbaric killing of bulls in the annual Toro de la Vega festival.
Every September in Tordesillas, Spain, a lone bull is chased, tormented, brutalized and killed as part of an annual “celebration.” Despite widespread outrage, this barbaric practice is defended by officials as a cherished tradition and a tourist attraction. Each year a frightened bull endures a long, torturous death because of the simple refusal of city officials to update the festival and replace this horrific display with a humane and respectable celebration.
During each Toro de la Vega festival, an innocent bull is chased through the streets by men on horseback and on foot, armed with spears and herding the animal into a meadow. During the run, the bull is repeatedly stabbed with the intention of weakening him for the final, fatal blow. Once in the meadow, the injured animal is surrounded and continues to be tormented and stabbed by the mob. The man who finally kills the bull is not only rewarded with a medal from city officials, but is entitled to castrate the bull and parade his testicles through the streets as a trophy.
Keeping with tradition is sorry justification for continuing such an outrageously cruel sport. Sign this petition and tell the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Tordesillas city officials to stop torturing and killing these innocent bulls.
Dear Counselor of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Alicia García Rodríguez,
The brutal killing of bulls at the Toro de la Vega festival has no place in a modern, progressive society. The torture and murder of an innocent animal cannot be justified in the name of tradition and this practice can easily be updated to a humane, respectable celebration.
Many people throughout the world have expressed outrage and disgust at this annual festival, and it’s time that Tordesillas officials caught up and put a stop to it.
I urge you to start by saving the life of the innocent bull that is set to be killed in this year’s Toro de la Vega festival and to put an end to this horrific tradition for good. Please show the the rest of the world that you value the lives of innocent animals and stop the torture this year.
[Your Name Here]
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