Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Troughton and Jo Pugh

PROTESTERS tar­geted Costa Blanca tourists in a demon­stra­tion call­ing for the end of the cru­elty of us­ing an­i­mals as ‘entertainment’ in fi­es­tas.

A group of more than 100 an­i­mal lovers gath­ered in Dé­nia on Sun­day de­mand­ing the town hall end the an­nual fes­ti­val of bull run­ning and ‘Bous al Mar’ – where the an­i­mals are en­ticed to charge into the sea.

The ‘fiesta’ is a huge at­trac­tion for visi­tors and the aim of the protest was to un­der­line the stress and harm caused to the bulls and all an­i­mals forced to take part in Span­ish fes­ti­vals.

It was or­gan­ised by the char­ity ERA – sup­ported by PACMA, the Span­ish po­lit­i­cal party cam­paign­ing for an­i­mal rights – and took place in the Mar­qués de Campo, Dé­nia’s main street.

Jacky Hazeleger, who runs the Tanam­era dog refuge in Jávea, and Claire Wall, owner of Bar Punch in the Ma­rina Alta town and an an­i­mal rights ac­tivist, both joined the demon­stra­tion.

“It was or­gan­ised by ERA and one of a num­ber of protests staged in Dé­nia each year,” said Jacky. “The or­gan­is­ers feel by fo­cussing on just one place, the town hall will even­tu­ally say ‘we must stop this’ and other towns will fol­low, end­ing the use of an­i­mals in fes­ti­vals.

“Ob­vi­ously it tar­gets tourists who go to events such as Bous al Mar, which is ad­ver­tised as an at­trac­tion for visi­tors, but it is about high­light­ing cru­elty to an­i­mals in gen­eral.”

She said the demon­stra­tors were a mix of Span­ish and ex­pats. “But we al­ways need more sup­port.”

For Claire it was an emo­tional event and in­cluded a bull fight re-en­act­ment to il­lus­trate what the an­i­mals suf­fered in the ring.

“There was a lot more Span­ish peo­ple in­volved this year and in­cluded an older Span­ish man; he re­ally made an im­pact be­cause he is of a gen­er­a­tion you might think would be in sup­port of the tra­di­tion of bull fight­ing,” she said.

“And there was an ex­pla­na­tion of what hap­pens to bulls dur­ing the run­ning; it is just aw­ful and against the an­i­mals’ nat­u­ral in­stincts – the tourists who sup­port these events have no idea what the bulls go through be­fore and after­wards and how much they ac­tu­ally suf­fer.

“The mes­sage was read out in English so visi­tors are left in no doubt what goes on; stress­ing an­i­mals are not for our enter- tain­ment and the cru­elty in­volved in these events.”

Orba res­i­dents beg mayor to stop cruetly

A cam­paign has been started by in­hab­i­tants of Orba to ban the run­ning of the 'toro em­bal­ado' (bulls with fire in their horns). Be­ing one of the last vil­lages in the province left who still let the oc­cur­rence hap­pen, res­i­dents are ask­ing each other to email the mayor in a bid to have the event halted per­ma­nently.

The fire is con­structed of metal ex­ten­sions which are added to bull’s horns, with a silent type of fire­work which is then set alight.

The re­quest co­in­cides with the death of a ter­ri­fied bull in the small town of Foios near Va­len­cia last week, which, after hav­ing had fire put on its horns, rammed it­self into a wooden post, re­sult­ing in its death.

Res­i­dents are be­ing asked to email the mayor, Ig­nasi Ar­bona, at info@orba.es to voice their con­cerns.

Many other vil­lages and towns have now banned the prac­tice,

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