Bull run protest

Ben­i­tachell demo took place over bull's death in fi­es­tas

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

AN­I­MAL lovers de­manded an end to the “crim­i­nal” use of an­i­mals dur­ing fi­es­tas af­ter a bull died run­ning through the streets of Ben­i­tachell last month.

On Fri­day, mem­bers of the Ma­rina Alta branch of PACMA – a po­lit­i­cal party fight­ing for an­i­mal rights in Spain – gath­ered out­side the town hall and laid a heart-shaped wreath in mem­ory of the an­i­mal that died on July 31.

Watched by Mayor Josep Fe­me­nia and coun­cil col­leagues, with po­lice keep­ing a low pro­file, a 60-strong band of demon­stra­tors used mu­sic, poetry and dance to make their point: 'Cru­elty is not cul­ture'.

There are a grow­ing num­ber of demon­stra­tions against the use of an­i­mals in tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions along the coast in­volv­ing bulls, just as peo­ple have started to ques­tion the le­git­i­macy of tra­di­tional bull fight­ing in Spain.

Ban­ners held aloft in Ben­i­tachell read ‘suf­fer­ing for you’, ‘enough fes­ti­vals with an­i­mals’, ‘this should not ex­ist in the 21st Cen­tury’.

Demon­stra­tors took turns to speak out call­ing for bulls, horses, don­keys, dogs and cats to en­joy bet­ter pro­tec­tion in Spain.

One de­manded the coun­cil should be de­nounced for al­low­ing an ac­tiv­ity that caused the death of an an­i­mal. “There has been years and years and years of cru­elty in Spain – the an­i­mals don’t en­joy it...they suf­fer; it’s hor­ri­ble.”

Oth­ers said “there was a crime com­mit­ted here in Ben­i­tachell”; “an­i­mals are forced to take part with­out any choice, in the heat with­out wa­ter”; and “fi­es­tas should be about mu­sic and cel­e­bra­tions not cru­elty and pain to an­i­mals”.

And an­other thanked the mayor for at­tend­ing and lis­ten­ing to the 90 minute demon­stra­tion and wit­ness­ing the com­pas­sion of the an­i­mal lovers.

She said, “It is not one or two peo­ple here but a crowd who care about an­i­mals – and this was an in­no­cent an­i­mal whose life was taken in this town, you have the power to do some­thing about this.”

The protest ended with a fla­menco dance act­ing out the death of a bull in the ring and po­ems un­der­lin­ing how bulls be­longed in the forests and fields of the coun­try­side.

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