The video above, produced by the Partido Animalista
, (PACMA) contains scenes which may upset sensitive viewers.
Animal Rights groups have been repeatedly trying to stop this brutal event from taking place for some years.
In the town of Tordesillas
, on the Tuesday following the "Virgen de la Peña" Patron Saint's Day, a well-known local tournament called, in Spanish, "Torneo del Toro de la Vega" (which translates as the "tournament of the bull in the meadow"), has been celebrated for centuries and goes back to medieval times.
In the event
, horsemen wielding spears drive the bull across the bridge from the town to a meadow (or "vega"). Once the bull reaches the meadow, many competing lancers chase the poor animal on foot.
The person who finally delivers the fatal blow is entitled to cut off the bull's testicles and parade them through the town impaled on the tip of his spear. The City then awards him a gold medal and a commemorative forged iron spear.
Petitions have been run against the practice by animal rights groups and a Facebook page
is doing its best to gather 1,000,000 people against the Toro de la Vega.
On Saturday, a couple of days prior to this year's event, a protest was held by the Partido Animalista (PACMA) in Madrid, where thousands of people marched from the Plaza de Colón to the Plaza de España, waving banners and posters reading, among other things "Torture is not culture"; "No maltreatment of animals"; "Dangerous perversion, maltreatment for diversion" and of course, "Stop the Toro de la Vega."
A spokeswoman for the Partido Animalista, Laura Duarte, explained that normally the protest is held in Tordesillas itself, but this year moved to Madrid so that "many more" people would be involved than normally happens in Tordesillas. In addition, she said the "goal" is to address the "primary responsibility" of the Toro de la Vega, which is held by "the PP [Spain's ruling Partido Popular party] and the PSOE [Spanish Socialist party]."
"It is the PP is who authorized the celebration in the Castilla y León and the PSOE who run the event in the town of Tordesillas. I believe it is time for us to go directly to them and make them responsible for what is going to happen on Tuesday," she added.
Duarte added that she had met with both parties to ensure that they "understand" their position on the matter, but that both parties are "unwilling to change unless it doesn't harm their own interests."
"It is said that the animal can escape and come out victorious in the tournament, but that has only occurred a couple of times in the 400 year history of the event, because the reality is that the bull is hunted and speared: it is impossible for the bull to defend itself and images of the festival give an example of this," Duarte continued.
The final word
from the Partido Animalista is that the Toro de la Vega has become an "icon for the mistreatment of animals" with their "special savagery and brutality" and, therefore the party hopes it will "soon be banned along with other similar cruel festivities."
A spokeswoman for PACMA stated that on Tuesday, the day that marks the Toro de la Vega event and as in every year, signatures will be handed in to the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, It is hoped to meet or preferably surpass the 75,000 signatures obtained in 2012.
have published a very suitable cartoon to depict the event.
Photographer Joan Roca Febrer was at the protest event in Madrid on Saturday and captured all the excellent images displayed in this article, plus many more which can be viewed here