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article imageDaily calls are latest action to prevent 'Toro de la Vega 2014'

By Anne Sewell     Sep 17, 2013 in World
Tordesillas - A new action against the brutal "Toro de la Vega" festival in Spain has begun, with a boycott of the municipality of Tordesillas in the Castile & León region and daily calls to the Councillors and Tourism Office. (Updated).
As reported on Digital Journal, activists and animal rights groups have been fighting the brutal festival of "Toro de la Vega" for some time now, so far without success.
This is a brutal event dating back to medieval times in which a bull is slaughtered by people on horseback and 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, just like they did back in the dark ages.
Everyone who is against the practice is shocked and upset at the murder of Vulcano, the magnificent bull pictured in this article, at the "Toro de la Vega" festival held on Tuesday, September 17. People have now decided that enough is enough.
The video above shows protesters in action at the event, having to deal with insults from the local residents.
While many emails have been sent to the mayor and tourism office in Tordesilla in the past, a more direct action will now be taken.
An event has been started on Facebook, beginning today and running through to January 17, calling for people to phone the municipality, including the Councillor for Culture and the Tourism Office, to show disgust and make themselves heard about the brutal, medieval festival that continues each year. Ideally, people are being asked to call between 10 and 11 a.m.
With this effort, it is hoped to prevent "Toro de la Vega 2014."
The  Toro de la Vega  was held in Tordesillas on September 17  2013.  An AFP press photographer was ...
The "Toro de la Vega" was held in Tordesillas on September 17, 2013. An AFP press photographer was gored during the festivities, possibly by the bull pictured here.
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In the meantime, according to Europa Press, the Environment Committee of the House of Representatives will next week debate a motion of the IU-ICV-CHA party, urging the Government to establish the mechanisms and legal developments necessary to avoid situations of animal abuse such as the "Torneo del Toro de la Vega", held on Tuesday in Tordesillas (Valladolid).
This was announced by Environment spokeswoman IU-ICV-CHA, Laia Ortiz, who believes that this festival is "a torture that cannot be justified under the guise of tradition", after Animalista Party (PACMA) has recorded on Tuesday in the House a petition with 85,000 signatures and a letter to the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and leader of the PSOE, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, calling for the abolition of this celebration.
The Catalan Congresswoman called this tournament "slow torture, screaming and tumultuous, sadistic fun" and believes that "it is time" for the Congress of Deputies to "accept responsibility and act against animal abuse, without using tradition as excuse."
While not the only act of "barbarism" against animals produced in Spain under the protection of tradition, Ortiz pointed out that it is one of the "most cruel and representative animal torture allowed."
Contact numbers are available below for anyone interested in calling, and who preferably speaks Spanish:
Municipality of Tordesillas: +34 983 77 06 54
Tourism Office of Tordesillas: +34 983 77 10 67
Councillor for Culture: Virginia Luengo Aboín: +34 983 77 06 54
The  Toro de la Vega  was held in Tordesillas on September 17  2013.
The "Toro de la Vega" was held in Tordesillas on September 17, 2013.
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