A FIGHTING bull has been speared to death by Spanish townsfolk today, sparking widespread protests from animal rights protesters.
Hundreds chased the 600kg beast through the streets of Tordesillas, in Castilla y Leon, on foot and horseback before attacking it with sticks, knives and lances.
This ritual, named Toro de la Vega, has been held every second Tuesday in September since 1453.
At the weekend around 500 protestors gathered in the fortified town ahead of the event, while today a demonstration took place in Madrid.
“It is the cruellest tradition incurred upon an animal in our country,” said a spokesman from animal rights group PACMA.
“It is unacceptable that this tournament take place, sheltering under the fact that it is a tradition, and even more unacceptable that it has public support and financing,” added Reyes Montiel, president of Spain’s political party EQUO.
“It cannot be justified by tradition, because Spanish society has moved forward now. We should eliminate customs that are longer appropriate in the 21st century.”
Meanwhile Tordesillas Town Hall said its festival had 40,000 supporters, while young lancer Sergio Sacristan, 28, said that whoever did not like Toro de la Vega ‘simply should not come back’.