End Horse Wrestling in Spain

Target: President of the Government of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey

Goal: Outlaw the practice of horse wrestling in Spanish festivals.

Every July, a Spanish operation called Rapa das Bestas (translated as “shearing of the beasts”) takes place in Spain, whereby hundreds of men and women pit themselves against wild horses, wrestle the animals to the ground to assert bravery and dominance, shear their manes, and mark them bare handed. The ordeal is more than stressful for the hundreds of wild animals, many of whom have not experienced contact with humans before. Urge the Spanish Government and the President of Spain to find humane ways to celebrate Spanish tradition that does not involve terrifying these beautiful wild creatures. Horse wrestling carried out in such a manner should not be allowed.

The yearly process begins when the horses are released down a mountain in Sabucedo, in northern Spain, and let loose to run through the hills of the area while hundreds of participants chase after them. Young foals are separated from their protective mothers, and horse fights frequently break out in response to the traumatic situation. In addition to combating fellow horses, these animals struggle in vain to stay afoot when humans charge them in mass and pull them to the ground. Once captured, they are thrown to the floor and grabbed by the head, neck, and nose if they try to struggle, a usual result of the practice. They are then sheared and tagged amidst a chaotic environment.

Rapa das Bestas is a 400 year old tradition, and not one likely to disappear overnight. While cultural traditions are important, societies that grow more progressive are obligated to find ways of celebration that do not infringe on the wellness of sentient beings. Wild horses are unused to being handled, and it is certainly distressing for them to be chased and wrestled by hundreds of people in unfamiliar circumstances.

If tagging is necessary for reasons known to the Spanish people, then this can be done humanely and in as noninvasive a manner possible. The shearing of horses is merely a tradition, and one practiced at the expense of a wild horse’s well-being. Appeal to the President of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey, and urge him to help make the festival humane and stress-free for horses by outlawing wresting.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Mariano Rajoy Brey,

The celebrated tradition of Rapa das Bestas must be altered in order to comply with standards of humanity in today’s modern culture. It is beastlike that humans chase after hundreds of wild animals for sport and subject them to suffering and torment merely for pleasure. Wild horses are tagged and sheared at the hands of Spanish festival goers, and it is unreasonable that such a tradition should endure when there are alternative methods to celebration. If a horse must be tagged, it can be done humanely and in a noninvasive manner. There is no reason that these creatures should suffer trauma because due to “tradition.” In addition to the stress of being wrestled to the ground by humans, the close-quartered nature of the event forces these animals to rebel against another out of anxiety, inflicting bites and wounds.

I urge you to outlaw the invasive practice of horse wrestling and encourage the people of Spain to instead revere and respect wild animals. While they are not likely inflicting serious or long-term harm, such a practice does not display compassion and should be replaced with a humane alternative.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Indra van den Berg-Corputty says:

    What idiots, this must stop.
    Stop animal abuse!

  2. linda badham says:

    Spain-South korea-Romania-Vietnam- japan- China ect, THIS WORLD REALLY NEEDS TO EVOLVE SPIRITUALLY. THERE IS NO RESPECT FOR LIFE ESPECIALLY THE ANIMALS AS WE KNOW. ! UNTIL COUNTRIES MAKE ALL CRUELTY A CRIMINAL OFFENCE WITH VERY HARSH PENALTIES AND RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS , I DEPAIR I TRULY DO. ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS THEY DO, THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT TO US , ONLY A SOUL IN A DIFFERNT PHYSICAL BODY/

  3. Светлана says:

    Пожалуйста, ПОМОГИТЕ ЭТИМ КРАСИВЫМ ЖИВОТНЫМ!!!! ОСТАНОВИТЕ ЭТО БЕЗРАССУДСТВО!!! ОНИ ПРЕКРАСНЫ, И НИ В ЧЕМ НЕ ВИНОВАТЫ!!!
    Пусть ученые изобретут вирус милосердия и добра, в этом давно уже очень нуждается человечество.
    Самое агрессивное, хитрое, грубое и непредсказуемое животное – человек, который по праву сильного позволяет себе пренебрежительно-жестоко относится к тем, кем стоит любоваться, кто несет в себе гармонию и красоту – ЖИВОТНЫЕ – творенье Божье И за Это мировое преступление будет выставлен счет , только чем заплатят жестокие люди?

  4. I. Van Trijp says:

    Stop this!!

  5. Stupid people!!!

  6. Sólo os recomiendo que antes de opinar vayais a vivirlo, a verlo en vivo y en directo. Hablar con la gente del pueblo, escuchar su hitoria. Es una pelea, sí, entre hombre y animal, sí. Pero el hombre va a pecho descubierto, no hay palos, varas, cuerdas, pinchos,…si el hombre no se comporta asi, quien caería al suelo??.
    Todo ésto se entiende muy bien viviéndolo y no viendo fotos fuera de contexto ni escuchar palabras de gente que no sabe de la historia de ese pueblo. Al caballo no se le maltrata, si vuestro perro no se quiere bañar, cortarse el pelo,… me podeis decir como como lo haceis?? Le deciis a vuestros perros – Hoy vamos a cortarte las uñitas, dame la patita. Y el perro se os deja??? a mi me parece que no, le teneis que coger la pata y sujetarla fuerte mientras le cortais las uñas. Pues lo mimo paso aquí con los caballos, con la diferencia que el animal es más grande.
    Os recomendaría que hicieseis un viaje a este sitio y lo comprobarais in situ.
    HAY QUE PREOCUPARSE POR EL VERDADERO MALTRATO ANIMAL, ESTE NO LO ES.
    Muchos tendréis una idea errónea mía. Yo amo a los animales, tengo ahora mismo 2 gatos (macho y hembra) hace un mes que tuvieron 4 crías y puedo aseguraros que es lo más hermoso, ver como se comporta el gato con sus crías, la gata,… tengo 2 niñas y disfrutamos viendo la evolución de los gatitos; también tenemos una perra a la que adoramos, es muy buena compañera y buena vijía; también tenemos gallinas, nos encantan sus huevos,(la tortilla de patata sabe a gloria) cada una tiene su carácter y sus costumbres,son muy simpáticas.
    Yo siempre viví en medio de animales y creerme en la Rapa de Sabudedo no hay MALTRATO. El vídeo y las fotos son de allí y allí no se maltrata al animal.
    RAPA DE SABUCEDO, NO HAY MALTRATO.
    Si que hay otras en donde usan cuerdas pero justamente la que estais enseñando no y me parece injusto.
    Rapa de Sabucedo, aloitadores contra besta. Hacer un viaje y comprobar lo que os estoy contando, vivir la historia, gracias a una promesa de 2 hermanas en época de peste Sabucedo tiene a esos caballos, considerados sagrados, por lo que hacerles daño no está en los planes sino todo lo contrario, cuidarlos, les cortan las crines, les ponen chips, les dan medicinas, los vecinos suben constantemente a controlar el monte, controlar al lobo,… NO ES UN MALTRATO ES UNA PROMESA, HAY QUE VIVIRLO NO TODO ES LO QUE PARECE.

  7. Debora Mattos says:

    Que porcaria é essa, bando de estúpidos. Vocês pensam que vão ficar livres de toda essa MALDADE ESTÃO enganados, seus espanhóis, antiquadas, ainda vivem em que século? ????? Estamos no SEC XXI. Hello!!!!!!.

  8. Delia Baez says:

    In the name of God Gods can this please be put to an end. Can we evolve as humans?

  9. This is awful and why?

  10. yolande de buyst says:

    een woord walgelijk!!!!!!! en hoop dat da volk zelf een gruwelijke dood mag sterven!!!!

  11. manuella Jacobs says:

    STOP this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Diana Rotsaert says:

    Dit Moet Stoppen!! Dieren vragen daar niet om!

  13. Anika Singh says:

    Stop this shit brainless morons.

  14. Would it not be better to focus on Spain’s Wild Horses in a Humane way? Horses are high strung, sensitive creatures. These kinds of activities cause them great stress. It should not be Hell to be a Horse. Wild Horses need to be treated as just that…WILD….respected and left alone.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/01/08/260777584/after-2-000-years-wild-horses-again-roam-western-spain
    Rare Horses Released In Spain As Part Of ‘Rewilding’ Effort

    For the first time in two millennia, wild horses are once again galloping free in western Spain, countering what happened when the Romans moved there and domesticated the animals.

    Four-dozen Retuerta horses have been released into the wild in western Spain over the past two years as part of a project by Rewilding Europe, a nonprofit group that seeks to turn the loss of rural farming life into an opportunity to boost biodiversity.

    The endangered Retuerta is one of the oldest horse breeds in Europe and most closely resembles the race of ancient Iberian horses that populated this region before being domesticated.
    Retuertas are nearly extinct, with only about 150 remaining in Doñana National Park in southern Spain. Living in a single cluster there, the entire species could be wiped out by any potential disease or calamity.
    So wildlife experts arranged to have two batches of two-dozen Retuertas each brought to the Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve, an unfenced area of western Spain that’s believed to have once been native territory for the horses.

    “Our idea is to just let them manage the ecosystem themselves. It’s a wild horse. So it’s in its DNA to roam free in the wild,” said Diego Benito, a forestry engineer who lives and works at the reserve.
    “Of course it is endangered — close to extinction — and we’re conservationists,” he added. “So if one of them gets ill, we could call the veterinarian. That’s not the idea in the future — we’ll treat them like wild horses. But for now they could use a little care.”

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