'No bull' protest in Jávea

Protesters de­mand the end to 'bous a la mar' in Jávea fi­es­tas

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

A group of ac­tivists and lo­cal res­i­dents protest against the 'bous a la mar' bull run­ning events in Jávea fi­esta.

PROTESTERS de­manded an end to the “tor­ture” of an­i­mals be­ing used in fi­es­tas – as the an­nual ‘bous a la mar’ took place in Jávea.

A small but vo­cal group demon­strated on Sun­day around 200 me­tres from where bulls were be­ing taken into an arena in Jávea port, watched by crowds of lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

Grow­ing num­bers of peo­ple across Spain are de­mand­ing an end to bull fight­ing, as well as bull run­ning and ‘bous a la mar’ – where an­i­mals are goaded into a charge that will end with them in the sea. It was claimed “most Span­ish peo­ple, around 70%, are against bull fight­ing” and the use of an­i­mals in fi­es­tas “of cru­elty” ex­posed them to panic, stress, and hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Around 35 peo­ple, given an es­cort of Guardia Civil and Lo­cal Po­lice, shouted “Basta!” (“Enough”) and “Cru­elty is not cul­ture”.

Speeches were made in Span­ish, Va­len­ciano, English, French and Dutch as the fes­ti­val in hon­our of the Vir­gen de Loreto con­tin­ued.

Bri­tish protester Zoe Gumm said peo­ple needed to know about the “bull tor­tur­ers” and the use of an­i­mals in ‘bous a la mar’.

“You might think it is in­cred­i­ble fun but it is at the ex­pense of an in­no­cent an­i­mal; they don’t usu­ally die but some­times they do, they are hit, pulled and pushed into the wa­ter,” she said.

“Would you put your dog in that po­si­tion? I imag­ine you would not... bull tor­ture is not Span­ish cul­ture.”

She told passersby that a man was se­ri­ously hurt on Fri­day night “and that’s not okay”; but she said the vic­tim had cho­sen to take part. “He vol­un­tar­ily took part but his fam­ily didn’t; if some­thing se­ri­ous hap­pens to that man, his fam­ily could suf­fer and that’s not right.”

A Span­ish protester shouted: “An­i­mals are hurt, they suf­fer a lot, it is not in­no­cent fun!”

And another demonstrator said bull fight­ing and the use of the an­i­mals in fi­es­tas “is not about Span­ish tra­di­tion... it is about money”.

He said the town hall paid for the fi­es­tas with tax­pay­ers' money. “And that is bull fight­ing, bous a la mar and bull run­ning.”

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