Ban bull-bird barbarity
30 August 2006
ICABS has called on the President of Peru to stop a barbaric event which revolves around a condor attacking a bull. The bird is tied to the bull's back by villagers and frantically attempts to peck its way to freedom. The Yawar fiesta is cruel to both bird and bull.
According to information recently presented on an official Peruvian website, the event takes place as part of an Independence Day celebration, with the animals representing the Spanish and Andean worlds.
The site provided the following disturbing insight into the suffering involved: "Once the condor has been trapped, it is lashed to the bull's back, which the bird pecks at savagely in a bid to free itself. At the same time, the bull is released in the ring and surrounded by spontaneous bullfighters who fend off the animal with their ponchos. The bull, maddened with pain, leaps into the air trying to rid itself of the condor. Finally, when the bull has been overcome - and it usually is - the condor is set free amidst music and general rejoicing. If the condor is badly wounded, or dies, it is taken as an omen for the village."
In our appeal to President Alan Gabriel Ludwig Garcia Perez, the Irish Council Against Blood Sports expressed our disappointment that the bull-condor fight was allowed to take place in Peru.
"Such barbarity should have no place in a civilised country like Peru and it is disappointing to see it being hailed as a 'popular festivity' on an official Peruvian tourism website," we stated. "Peru is one of the most stunning countries in the world with a huge variety of activities for tourists - we believe that there is no necessity to associate Peru with a cruel activity of this type."
Please join us in our appeal to the Peruvian President. Ask him to ban bull-condor fighting at the Yawar fiesta (Ccollurqui Village, Peru). Also contact the Commission for the Promotion of Peru to register your opposition.
Alan Gabriel Ludwig Garcia Perez
Commission for the Promotion of Peru
Please send a copy of your letter to the following:
Jorge Del Castillo
Embassy of Peru (United Kingdom)
(Embassies of Peru in other countries can be found at: http://www.embassy-worldwide.com/country/peru/)
I wish to register my opposition to the bull-condor fighting event which takes place every year at the Yawar fiesta in Ccollurqui, Peru.
I implore you to intervene to bring this cruel event to an end. Such cruelty should not be permitted in a civilised country like Peru as it tarnishes the country's international image as one of the prettiest places on the planet.
I look forward to your reply.