Target: United States Ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne
Goal: End the “Torneo de Lazo” feast and rodeo, where horses are attacked and killed by bulls for entertainment
One of the most horrifying forms of animal cruelty takes place in the Mexican state of Yucatan. There, an event called the “Torneo de Lazo,” takes place multiple times a year, during which trained bulls ram into horses, fatally wounding them. The event is known as a feast and a celebration, but it is also a rodeo, where the trained bulls purposely kill a number of horses.
When a horse is rammed by a bull, the most common injury it receives is evisceration–its intestines are cut loose from its body. The animal is literally gored by the bull’s horns, and it will not die quickly. A petition from Avaaz.org described the way horses “usually collapse and while still alive continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses.” The horses must then die slowly on the ground with their intestines cut lose from their bodies.
The absolute barbarism of this event is self-evident. It is technically illegal, yet no action is ever taken to stop the event, which reportedly takes place all over the state throughout the year. Demand that local and federal authorities take measures to end this disgusting practice.
Dear Ambassador Wayne,
The “Torneo de Lazo” event that takes place in Yucatan needs to end. During the event, trained bulls ram and eviscerate horses, and the injured horses then die slowly on the ground while continuously being trampled. This is used as a form of entertainment, and its barbarism is self-evident. This sort of violence is harmful to society, to the animals involved, and to the international view of Mexico. These are all serious problems, and can be solved simply by cracking down on the “Torneo de Lazo.”
This is a form of entertainment, which means that children, as well as adults, go and view this hyper-violence for fun. This only perpetuates the harmful myth that animals are objects to be used for human entertainment, and instills a disregard for non-human life in children. It causes a number of horses intense pain, fear, and suffering, and they die incredibly cruel deaths. There is nothing that could justify this lack of humanity.
It is known that the number of tourists going to Mexico has been decreasing, and events like this could be part of the reason. Mexico’s international reputation suffers greatly when cruelties like this one are revealed. This extreme violence is a source of outrage to all who hear of it, and it is a blight on Mexico’s international reputation. By making sure the authorities end this illegal event, Mexico will only improve itself as a place for children, animals, and as a nation.
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