Calf tortured with darts as part of bullfighting tradition in Spain

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Calf cruelty in spain PacmaA video of a young calf being tortured during a Spanish bullfighting festival in the town of Castilla-LaMancha has gone viral as animal advocates revile in disgust as participants stab to death the defenseless and crying animal with darts in the “name of fun,” reports The Local.

The calf, apparently not even weaned from its mother, lies in the middle of the bullfighting ring  and is tortured as the audience cheers and claps. The calf, unable to defend himself and pitifully crying in pain and fright, was videoed by animal welfare group, Pacma. When the calf was killed as part of the town’s summer celebrations, the audience cheered.

“I’ve never seen such cruelty inflicted on an animal in the name of fun,” stated the president of Pacma, Silvia Barquero.

On the organization’s Facebook page, comments continue to draw worldwide ire:

Soraya Sry: “What a horror… this can only enjoy a psychopath with no guts to give free rein to all its evil. I hope you find the same death that these poor innocent babies in your hands of murderers. Ugh.”

Marian Mauri: “This is a disgrace, an insult to the ones we love and respect life. Enzañarse with babies is more than criminal. These people are despicable. Not even worth the air they breathe. Are poison.”

In a petition to permanently stop the torturous tradition, Pacma states:

“Thousands of popular taurine festivals, such as that of Valmojado, are tainting the image of Spain, coverting it into a symbol of animal cruelty across Europe.”

Bullfighting has become a distinctively controversial tradition as Spain garners worldwide criticism in a struggle between what used to be and animal rights’ groups protesting the  inhumane treatment. On September 10, a demonstration, expecting crowds of thousands will be held in the “largest anti-bullfighting march ever held in Spain.”

In July, the death of Spanish matador, Victor Barrio, in the bullfighting ring sparked more interest to ban the bloody sport. As the bullfight was aired live on television, spectators gasped as the 1200-pound bull gored Barrio puncturing the man’s lung and aorta. The video went viral, and while Barrio’s wife tweeted about the death of her husband as being “unfair” and how he died in “glory,” a torrent of criticism flooded in, aimed at the entire tradition showing little compassion for Barrio’s untimely death. Comments such as, “Life was fair. Your husband got what he deserved,” sent shivers through everyone’s spines demonstrating the extremely strong feelings expressed on both sides of the cruel and dangerous sport.

In the 21st century, most people find it hard to comprehend how torturing any animal for sport can be viewed as a “tradition” or a cultural event.

(Photo: Pacma)





18 replies
  1. Kathy Colbert says:

    Why would anyone want to kill an innocent young calf incapable of hurting anyone. That’s just plain cruel and evil! Have they no respect for life at all! I say do the same thing to them. Chase them around the ring, spearing them and then kill them in the end! Fair is fair!

    • Sue says:

      This is SICK! Your country disgust me! Take a baby from its momma and spear it for Fun! Take your own kind and spear it to death….if you have the guts to do it to a baby, do your own. It’s fun you say! I thought about visiting Spain, not no more why would I spend my hard earned money to give to you!? Disgusted from the U.S.

  2. virginia green says:

    put all the humans in the ring and let people who loves and care for the calfes treat the humans the same way they did the calfes.let them see how it feels .those people are all sick in they heads.

  3. Lisa Burger Clesi says:

    This is sick and cruel. These people are sadistic psychopaths. China and this country are barbaric and the sick crap they say is tradition needs to stop. No animal should be tortured and killed for sub human amusement. Sick, sick and heartbreakinly cruel! Hope all who enjoy this die horrific deaths!

  4. Bonnie says:

    This is disgusting poor baby couldn’t even stand up on its own feet to begin with ..this needs to stop this torture and inhuman. The pain that baby went through just to give them the satisfaction of WHAT a laugh people are not humans at all ..Your more animal then that poor calf was …r.i.p. baby

  5. Cindy Rosbach says:

    You sick BASTARDS….WTH is wrong with people to think this is alright…I hate people more and more everyday….SICK SICK BASTARDS…May you receive the same torment in your lives……………….

    • Bill says:

      They ARE SICK. And as you say, I HOPE they DO receive the same torment. There really are some sad people in this world that get a kick out of doing this sort of thing to animals. I hope they rot in hell.

  6. Heulwen Haf says:

    sadistic bastard people … to hear them laughing while those poor babies cried in agony broke my heart. why do people still pay to watch animals tortured to death??? How can cutting the ear off a defenceless calf be called sport???

  7. Christina Powell says:

    terrible. animals do not understand what they did to deserve the cruelty of humans. I don’t understand it either.

  8. Mary says:

    This is one of the most disgustingly, inhumane things I have ever seen. I had always thought it might be nice to visit Spain…not now, I would in no way want to support these people. How can hurting, tormenting & slowly killing an innocent animal, a baby at that, in any way be sport or amusing? You are barbaric, sick, pathetic people and I believe there is a special place in Hell for you and God will not give you a second thought. Every one of his creatures deserves love, empathy & respect. I have to go hug my pets now!

  9. John Denney says:

    Spain ranks among a select group of countries along with the ignorant of China as one that is completely uncivilized
    Torture of humans and especially the defenceless does not belong in this world
    SHAME on you Spain you are not a 3rd
    World country BAN torture

  10. Darla says:

    I watched less than 30 seconds of the video before I had to quit. What is wrong with people? What kind of POS gets pleasure from torturing an animal?


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