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.


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.


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  1. Educate these weak stupid people. Spool cruel. Stop!!!!

  2. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    These idiot scumbag people. The 21st century world does not need them.

  3. Sara Smith says:

    High time this petition was presented I think!!!

  4. I DETEST SPAIN !! I will never as a tourist set foot there again ! Government has no regard for their animals, barbaric idiots!

    • Anna Ventura says:

      Not all of Spain is like it. I am Spanish and never heard of it, and in my county, Catalunya, sports like bullflighting are banned by the local government. Don’t put us all in the same bag. Some of us are nice and respect our surroundings.

  5. Spain is a vile uncivilized country, that is well known for its repulsive abuse of animals.A massive tsunami is required to wipe this disgraceful country off the planet.

  6. What’s up with the Spanish people. I always had respect for the people but with the many traditional / religious animal tormenting fiestas tipped my respectful in greatest contempt. cruelty to animals are hushed and tolerated and not pursued by the authorities. many animals are publicly tortured under the greatest applause, persecuted and killed on miserable.
    unfortunately, the money mafia is existent.
    What is despicable that the children have to see it all and are already feeling crippled early.
    in every country there are animal abusers that must necessarily be punished.
    everyone gets eventually his sentence.

    ¿Qué pasa con el pueblo español. Siempre he tenido respeto por la gente, pero con las muchas fiestas tradicionales / religiosas animales atormentar a punta de mi respetuosa en mayor desprecio. crueldad con los animales se calló y tolerado y no perseguido por las autoridades. muchos animales son torturados públicamente bajo el mayor aplauso, perseguidos y asesinados el miserable. por desgracia, la mafia dinero es inexistente. ¿Qué es despreciable que los niños tienen que verlo todo y ya se sienten paralizados temprano. en todos los países hay abusadores de animales que necesariamente deben ser castigados. todo el mundo tiene el tiempo de su condena.

    such unnecessary bloody agony and stress for these poor animals. Only because of this idiotic religious tradition.
    all people torment the animals or the spectators, all are complicit in the suffering of animals. what you want from those oh so hypocritical religious people (only the animal torturers) expected when the ex-king juan carlos I., a of royal scum and masses is pet killer, who with his peers on big game hunting many animals killed or still animals killed.
    Such people are asocial for me, primitive, unprincipled, dishonest, simply lawless whoring sons. which should all …….

  7. Tom Muyldermans says:

    Fucking maniacs!

  8. todd fletcher says:

    What a bunch of TARDS!

  9. The hairy besta on the left hand side needs a rapa much more than the horse.

  10. Spain act’s like a 3rd world country .horse wrestling how SICK !!!

  11. kay allan says:


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