'No bull' protest in Jávea
Protesters demand the end to 'bous a la mar' in Jávea fiestas
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.”