Target: The Catalonia parliament
Goal: Stop the horrific practice of attaching flaming balls of fire to a bull’s horns to be chased around the town by villagers.
In a historic, landmark ruling, Catalonia banned Spain’s “national fiesta” – bullfighting. As of January 1, 2012, the bullfighting tradition will no longer continue and the fighting bull will receive protection under Catalonia’s animal rights laws. However, this victory is far from complete and the bull is still far from protected. The same parliament that voted to ban bullfighting in Catalonia unfortunately, still condones and even voted in favor of other forms of bull torture, such as correbous. Correbous is an even more hideous form of bull torture, where the helpless and unfortunate bull is dragged to a post by several men, tied up, and a metal device with flaming balls of fire attached to its horns. The terrified bull is then let loose in the streets of the town square, usually for several hours, while humans goad and attack it viciously. This form of torture is even more cruel that the orchestrated “death knell” in the bullfighting ring because this can go on for hours, usually well into the night.
So, while Catalonia claims victory in the bullfighting arena, it is indeed a hollow one. To start with, the primary motivation for the ban was not animal rights. Rather, it was simply another statement in Catalonia’s attempt to set itself apart from Spain. in which it is an autonomous territory. This explains the strange reasoning behind banning traditional bullfighting, but not the correbous. Since this happens openly in the streets of the town, children are also a witness to the horrific and violent scene of a panic-stricken bull with fire blazing from its horns being stuck with knives and tortured for hours on end.
The only reason this is allowed to continue is in the name of “tradition”. The so-called ban is only a partial victory. It is a hollow one because it does not protect bulls from torture in this type of barbaric sport, which is purely for the amusement of the public. It is clear that the politicians in Catalonia do not care for the bulls, but rather, just about asserting their autonomy from Spain. The ban on bullfighting is good but now the Catalonia parliament needs to extend it to carrebous and ban the hideous torture of bulls once and for all.
Catalonia has made great strides in passing the landmark law banning bullfighting. This has accomplished two purposes – set Catalonia apart from Spain, where the bullfighting tradition still continues; and provided a limited measure of protection for bulls that are tortured to death. However, this ban is only partial and is a hollow victory for bulls that suffer cruelty in other forms of bullfighting such as the correbous.
Carrebous may be a long-honored tradition in Catalonia, however, there is no doubt that the bull suffers enormous pain and agony in this cruel sport. It has been shown in numerous televised reports documenting the carrebous, that the bull is forced by several men to a post, where it is tied and fitted with a metal structure over its horns. The bull is clearly crazy with panic. As you well know, the bull is not killed, but is badly wounded by “brave” men who poke it with knives and taunt it endlessly and is only out of its misery hours later, out of the public’s view.
It is sheer hypocrisy for the Catalan parliament to ban bullfighting because it’s cruel, yet, continue the tradition of carrebous which far more inhumane. Please extend the ban on bullfighting to include carrebous and make a statement to Spain and the rest of the world that tradition cannot be an excuse for animal cruelty.
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