Campaign Against Bull Abuse in Coria
21st May, 2003
Every day during the annual fiesta of San Juan in Coria, locals use blowpipes to blow darts into the bodies of bulls. Their favourite targets are the bulls' eyes and testicles.
So many darts are stuck into the animals' bodies that they end up looking like porcupines or pin cushions. But their suffering is not over. Several hooked spears are then plunged into - and pulled out of - their flesh. The ordeal lasts for about two hours after which the animals are killed in the street.
A total of 14 bulls are killed during the fiesta which takes place in June. Cows are also tortured and killed.
In 1995 British animal activist Vicki Moore was severely injured in Coria by a bull as she was trying to document its suffering. Later on she died due to her injuries. Since then nothing has changed. Coria promotes itself as a tourism destination and as a result it receives subsidies from the European Union (ERDF - European Regional Development Fund).
Please help try bring the suffering of the bulls to an end in Coria, Spain. Simply send the sample letter below to the following email addresses. Thank you for your time and effort.
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To whom it concerns:
I was shocked and appalled to learn about the extreme abuse of animals in Coria during the "Fiestas de San Juan". During this week-long blood fiesta, 14 bulls are tortured for hours with darts and spears before being brutally killed in the streets. It is unbelievable that this happens in the 21st century.
I will not travel to this part of Spain until legislation which forbids this animal cruelty is imposed.
I look forward to your response.
Please also write to the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Tel: (01) 269 1640 or (01) 269 2597
For more information on blood fiestas in Spain, please visit the website of the Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe at www.faace.co.uk
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