Success: Duck Strangling Festival Canceled

Target: Rolando Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatan

Goal: Thank government officials for putting an end to a violent event in which ducks are strangled.

For years, a small city in Mexico held the Kots Kaal Pato festival, which roughly translates into “strangle the duck.” During this festival, a duck would be tied up to a wooden frame and at the whistle blow, festival-goers would trample over each other to try to be the one to rip off the duck’s head.

The event was truly barbaric and savage. It showed some of the worst aspects of humans. Thankfully, due to numerous online petitions including one at ForceChange, government officials have decided to ban the violent festival. Sign this petition and thank officials for banning this barbaric event. Numerous lives are now spared unnecessary pain and death.


Dear Mr. Bello,

The Kots Kaal Pato festival was an event held every year in the small city of Citilcum where a duck would be tied to a wooden frame and festival-goers would scramble over each other to be the one to rip off the duck’s head. The event showed some of the worst sides of humanity.

Thankfully, after listening to the public, you have decided to ban this cruel festival. Now, numerous ducks have been spared from unimaginable pain and unnecessary death. Thank you for listening and protecting these animals. No animal should be tortured for entertainment.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Brandon Weeks

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  1. What a vile practise. Thank you for stopping this barbaric ‘sport’.

  2. Cecily Colloby says:

    I am not thanking Mr Bello -this hideous “festival” should not have existed in the first place and has only been stopped because of all the people who signed endless petitions against it!!Mr Bello isn’t a hero simply because he finally got the message -if it wasn’t for the petition and all the tireless “signers” this “festival” would still be carrying on. THANKYOU to all those who signed! !!!!!

    • You’re right Cecily. If it was not for the petitions, Mr. Bello would not have done anything to stop the barbaric festival event. Thank you to all the signers!

  3. Strangle these POS duck stranglers.An eye for an eye is indeed required!!

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    It never ceases to shock me to hear/read just how barbaric and heinously abased humanity sinks.

  5. OMG! Did all the psychopaths get together? Why was this barbarism every begun?! Ripping off the heads of innocent ducks?! Where did all these sickening cruel monsters come from?!

    What kind of pleasure does some evil S.O.B get from causing immense pain, terror and suffering?!

    Why did it take public petitions to end this horror?!

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