Animals In Distress (A.I.D.)

Cruelty in Spain


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Training galgos in Andalucia - Spain should be ashamed - write and protest!
Pointer bitch hung up to die in Villacanas, Toledo, Spain - bastard hunters!...
Mataderos - Slaughterhouses- For several weeks, an activist of the Research...
Tordesillas bull cruelty - Bull-spearing festival draws outcry...
Bullfighter Gored In Throat - Back In Intensive care...
Bull run in the local harbour - The Valencian town of Dénia works itself up into a...
Angel - He was found in the street of one of the blackest spots of Spain...
Donkey rides - This week, the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary’s Spanish...
Bull Cruelty - Fiesta in Alhaurin el Grande...
Animal Horror- Animals left to starve. Large rescue operation by A.I.D
Spain's long-standing and ongoing cruelty to animals - An outstanding British...
Cats killed - Two members of the Partido Popular are expelled from the party...
Greyhounds - (Galgos) hanged in Spain... 










October 2010

Training galgos in Andalucia - Spain should be ashamed - write and protest! Photo we hoped never to see again, an 'activity' which should be banned by law and perpetrators pay heavy fines. Please look are what these poor galgos are being put through, and write your letter of protest to the Junta. Please publicise widely and ask everyone you know to protest.

The Junta de Andalucia, namely the Minister of Agriculture, Clara Aguilera, and Manuel Brenes, director general of the Government of the Board, has supported the legalizing of training galgos attached to mirrors, tractors and motorbikes. They believe that this practice does not amount to abuse of the animal. Aguilera pledged to seek a definitive solution to the sanctions imposed by the SEPRONA, who could detain anyone 'training' his dogs with this method and they imposed penalties of up to 600 euros. Galgueros have met with the members of the Junta, who has shown them support.

Animal Justice Partnership has contacted the Andalusian Council of Colleges of Veterinary, who are against this practice, and has created a committee to lobby the Department appealing for a refusal to allow such a thing. The associations must also put pressure on the Junta to ensure this animal abuse is not legalized.

The Junta de Andalucia have just passed a law allowing galgos to be run beside motorbikes, to train them for galgo racing! Below is a letter which El Refugio Escuela have put together. Please copy it and email to the address given. I have asked for a postal address too, as we all know that email addresses can be blocked.

We have to let these people know that this is NOT acceptable. Please support this campaign.

Here's a full explanation of what has been passed.

El Refugio Escuela in Madrid have written this letter adressed to the Junta de Andalucia (Spain), the government of Andalucia, who promised in a meeting, held on the 1st of September together with SEPRONA (Guardia Civil) and the Club Nacional del Galgo Espanol and the Andalucian Federation of Galgos, to cooperate in legislation for a training method used by the galgueros and in which they tie their dogs to cars (4 X 4 drives) tractors and motorcycles to drag them that way, either the galgos want (or can) or not.

Until now, the galgueros were fined for this way of training their dogs by the SEPRONA with fines from at least 600 Euros per violation but the hunting associations are now trying to make a deal with the police and we all have to try to avoid that by protesting against it! Without this training method, these dogs already suffer more than they deserve! Because legally training like this will cause even more suffering for the Galgos, numerous injuries, broken bones, you name it!

Please send this mail to the Consejeria of Andalucia, of which you find the email adress below, and send it to as many people and organisations as possible, so that the responsible people in Andalucia know that the whole of Europe, even better, the whole world, is watching them and that we absolutely not agree with this legislation from an until now strict forbidden method of training and not for nothing: this training method is very cruel, brutal and deadly and will lead to many more innocent victims.

The galgos now need your help desperately, they can't send an email, do it for them! Help them!

Please send the following message to this email address


A la consejera de Agricultura y Pesca de la Junta de Andalucía

Estimada Señora

Hace unos días leímos con incredulidad y horror que tras la reunión que mantuvo el 1 de septiembre con los representantes de los galgueros y con el señor Antonio Romero, su consejería se comprometía a impulsar institucionalmente el “deporte” galguero.

Al parecer estas muestras de apoyo se concretarían en facilitar y “legalizar” el entrenamiento de galgos con vehículos a motor. Es decir, se trataría de que el SEPRONA no impidiera (como lo hace hasta la fecha) la tortura de estos animales cuando son arrastrados por vehículos 4×4 y por motocicletas hasta la extenuación.

Asociaciones, refugios, protectoras y particulares, llevamos muchos años luchando por el bienestar de unos animales a los que en nuestra comunidad se les considera poco más que herramientas. Y cuando parece que vamos avanzando en la concienciación y en el respeto por estos animales, en el trato que merecen, su consejería, supuestamente, está tratando de potenciar una actividad que provoca cada año y tras la temporada de caza, miles de víctimas.

Cuando desde todos los rincones de Europa se clama por la prohibición de la caza con galgo; cuando hoy más que nunca todos los países de la Unión Europea son conscientes y se horrorizan con el trato que en España damos a nuestros galgos; cuando las asociaciones europeas, a través de las cuales los galgos huyen de nuestro país, crecen sin parar; su consejería, supuestamente, está decidida a apoyar una actividad cruel, brutal y mortal. En lugar de, y dada la supuesta ideología progresista con la que dicen comulgar, apoyar e impulsar el trabajo de quienes luchan denodadamente por los más débiles.

Vamos a servirnos de la fuerza de las redes sociales en Internet (Facebook, Twitter, Tuenti, etc.) para que el mundo esté atento al trato que piensa dar a partir de ahora y en el futuro (hasta las próximas elecciones autonómicas) a los galgos, la Junta de Andalucía.

En todo caso, Consejera, contamos aún con la esperanza de que este supuesto impulso a la actividad galguera no sea más que una campaña publicitaria de la FAG y que el sentido común se imponga; y que la sensibilidad del partido progresista al que Vd. pertenece impulse a su consejería a poner fin de una vez a un “deporte”, que no lo es en ningún otro país de la Unión Europea salvo el nuestro.


Nombre (Name)



Here's an English translation

And talk about in your Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Blogs… whole world has to know!

Dear Madam,

Afew days ago we read, with incredulity and horror, that after the meeting that you had on 1st of September with the representives of the “galgueros” and with Mr. Antonio Romero, your council promised to impel institutionally the “sport” of hunting with greyhounds.
Apparently these samples of support would be specific in facilitating and “legalizing” the training of greyhounds with motorised vehicles. That is to say, it would mean that SEPRONA would not prevent (as they do upto this date) the torture of these animals when they are dragged by 4×4 vehicles and motorbikes until debilitation.

Associations, refuges, protectors and individuals, have been fighting for many years for the well-being of animals which in our community ,are considered little more than tools. And when it seems that we are advancing in the awareness and gaining respect for these animals, in the treatment that they deserve, your council, apparently, is trying to potentialize an activity that causes every year and after the season of hunting, thousands of victims.

When the prohibition of hunting with galgos is cried out from all the corners of Europe , when today more than ever, all the countries of the European Union are conscious and horrified with the treatment that we give our galgos in Spain, when the European associations, that make it possible for our galgos to flee from our country, grow without stopping, your council supposedly, is determined to support a cruel, brutal and mortal activity. Instead of, and given the supposed progressive ideology with which they say to agree, to support and to impel the work of those who fight very indefatigably by the weakest.

We are going use the force of the social networks in Internet (Facebook, Twitter, Tuenti, etc.) so that the world is attentive and knows the way the Junta de Andalucia plans to treat the greyhounds , now and in the future (until the next autonomic elections).

In any case, , we still have hope that this supposed impulse to this activity is no more than an advertising campaign of the FAG and that common sense will prevail and that the sensitivity of the progressive party to which you belong to, impels to its council to end at once a “sport”, that is not a “sport” in any other country of the European Union except for ours.

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18 October 2010

Pointer bitch hung up to die in Villacanas, Toledo, Spain - bastard hunters!

I have just received the most sickening photographs of a pointer bitch, 7 years old, called Yeni. She was hung from a metal electricity pylond in Villacanas, Toledo, discovered this week. She was hung from the neck, with her tail and hind legs well on the ground. I dread to think how many days it must have taken before this poor bitch died - starved, dehydrated, eaten by insects....... Loli of the Pedro Munoz refuge in Ciudad Real has denounced this action to the Guardia Civil (read about denuncios in my book). Loli says she is so full of sadness at having been unable to do anything for this poor bitch, except to denounce the barbarity of the man who did this!

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Mataderos - Slaughterhouses | Investigación de Igualdad Animal - Animal Equality investigation by Igualdad Animal.

This article and short video is from the investigations that started in 2008 about Spanish slaughterhouses.

For several weeks, an activist of the Research Team Animal Equality was introduced in several slaughterhouses in Spain to witness and to document what happened within its walls.

SLAUGHTER is a pioneer in Spain report offers over 300 high resolution pictures and several videos that show us so far unpublished images, some of them obtained with a hidden camera in the places where millions of animals are killed each year. Here we offer a brief summary of more than 5 hours of material obtained in this investigation. We will publish the report in its final version.

Our researcher was able to witness how they beat and gave electric shocks to animals that refused to move, how they broke the bones of the tail calves unable to stand to force them to do it ... wounded animals are pushed to be in a pool formed by the blood of those who had been killed minutes before pigs terrified by the shouts and blows that are dragged several meters by the ears or who would cut his neck while still conscious.

We have seen dozens of frightened lambs are hung upside down to just living bathed in his own blood and trying in vain to escape the sight of others ... rabbits covered by the urine of those piled on top of them and they could see, hear and smell the killing of their comrades. We have seen so hungry and desperate animals that eat their own droppings and are in a constant state of terror. We have seen all this and we have recorded to go public and speak for these animals and require that we respect them as they deserve and stop using them.

To see the short video (1m. 52 secs) on several slaughter houses click here


15 September 2010.
Bull-spearing festival draws outcry.

Townspeople in central Spain have joined in a centuries-old festival in which a bull is chased and then lanced to death, prompting an outcry from animal rights activists.  Carrying spears on horseback and on foot, residents of Tordesillas on Tuesday commemorated the Toro de la Vega festival, held every second Tuesday of September since at least 1453. The bull, named Platanito, charged through the streets of the fortified town, across a bridge over the River Duero and into a lightly forested plain (vega, in Spanish) where it was surrounded.  The townspeople then threw the lances into the animal before one of them finished it off with a knife in the neck, in a bloody spectacle that lasted about half an hour. They returned to the town, one of them carrying the bull's tail on the end of his lance.  "Spectacles like the Toro de Tordesillas should no longer exist. A country like Spain should not maintain such cruel traditions," said Nacho Paunero, president of the animal rights group El Refugio. A survey conducted for the group found 76 per cent of those polled agreed that such festivals should be banned, Paunero said in a statement. Paunero said he had sent a request to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero demanding that a draft animal protection law forbid spectacles such as the Toro de La Vega.

The Socialist Party government had promised in its electoral program to draw up a draft animal protection law, and any such legislation would have to ban events such as the "Toro de La Vega," he said. In response to the concerns of the animal rights activists, the townspeople held up a sign during the festival reading "All regions of Spain defend and respect traditions."  Each region of Spain has responsibility for its own animal protection laws, usually with exceptions for bullfighting. The festival in Tordesillas is allowed under the laws of the Castilla y Leon region. Protests by anti-bullfighting groups have mounted in Spain since the northeastern regional parliament of Catalonia agreed in July to ban bullfighting from 2012. 

Another anti-bullfighting and animal rights group, PACMA, had rallied hundreds of protesters on Sunday to decry the festival, which predates the introduction of the classic bullfight at the end of the 17th century. While calling for the festival to be scrapped, PACMA also demanded that it no longer be promoted as an event of National Tourism Interest.

Bull of la Vega 2000, in a part of the run, before dead.
It is clearly noticed a driven spear near the head, and a second one on the left, going through the body from side to side.
(When the bull is severely injured, they often throw darts and take the eyes out)
The thing is that the gigantic menu of atrocities committed in Spain against the animals, turns our mother country into the world champion of human savagery against them, closely followed by some of our conquered countries and other Asiatic ones. We throw live goats from the top of a bell tower; tie up a duck by the legs from bank to bank, to be killed from a canoe by a maniac who hangs himself from its neck; hunt; bullfight on foot or riding, with the brutality of pikes, banderillas (short decorated lance), rejones (pikes used when riding), and rapiers; set the horns of a bull on fire; bomb a bull with darts to kill it off later with a shotgun; use greyhounds for races and hunting, to hang them from a tree when become useless for the "owners".

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Daily Mail. 20 September 2010.
Spain 's sickening 'blood fiestas' make bullfights seem tame - but the most shocking thing about them is YOU'RE paying for them.
By Danny Penman In Tordesillas

Marcos held aloft the bloodsoaked bull’s ears
and bowed deeply to the crowd. Moments earlier he’d sliced them off the young bull, which now lay on one side, blood pooling beneath him.  But the poor creature wasn’t quite finished yet. In a pitiful act of defiance, he mustered just enough energy to raise his head a few inches off the ground and tried to stare down his attackers.  Marcos responded by unsheathing a vicious looking knife and stabbing him in the back of the neck for a second time. The bull’s head flopped back into the dust — he was finished and Marcos, the amateur matador, yelled in triumph.  As the official killer of the bull, he had won the right to parade the animal’s coveted ears, tail and testicles around town on a ceremonial spear. He had also been granted permission to eat the bull’s testicles - widely regarded in Spain as the choicest of all cuts of meat and a rare honour indeed.

In the eyes of many, Marcos Rodríguez San José was truly king for the day. Casual brutality towards animals is, of course, well known in Spanish bullrings, but the sights I witnessed last Tuesday, during the annual Toro de la Vega ‘blood fiesta’ in Tordesillas, were as sickening as they were brutal. What is more, such blood fiestas are far more common than the more famous and well-known sport of bullfighting.  Blood fiestas are not performed for the entertainment of tourists.  They are gruesome traditions that kill thousands more animals than bullfighting — often in the most barbaric ways imaginable. Yet millions of the Britons who visit Spain every year will be unaware of their existence. The Toro de la Vega is a case in point. It’s a centuries-old tradition in which a bull is chased through the streets by thousands of men who beat it with sticks and pelt it with stones. Although this is chilling to watch, it is only when the bull reaches the meadows outside Tordesillas that the spectacle begins in earnest. 

The bull whose brutal death I witnessed had been given the name Platanito (meaning ‘little banana’) by animal welfare officers. I watched as men on horseback tried to skewer it with their eight-foot long spears. Spear after spear sliced open his back. Once his strength began to ebb, the men became increasingly bold and moved in closer. This was the bit they clearly loved most of all — a time when they could begin to play with the bull without serious risk of injury to themselves. I watched as one horseman impaled the creature and twisted and turned his spear deeper and deeper into him.  This seemed to fatally weaken the animal and he fell onto his front knees snorting and bellowing — his distress apparent.  Within moments, several more spears had pierced his body.  Finally, Marcos stepped forward to deliver the fatal blows to the bull’s heart and neck. It was, mercifully, the end of Platanito’s suffering. 

Although the Toro de la Vega is undoubtedly horrifying to witness, what is equally shocking is the fact that we are all helping to pay for it. The European Union spends £37 million a year directly subsidising blood fiestas like the Toro de la Vega and other sports, such as bullfighting. It also ploughs tens of millions of pounds into the towns that host them and has begun renovating dilapidated bullrings.  As if that weren’t bad enough, now some MEPs are campaigning to have bullfighting and blood fiestas officially recognised as part of Europe ’s cultural heritage.  If this should succeed, then not only will the Toro de la Vega be given an official veneer of respectability, it may eventually become eligible for European arts and cultural funding.  ‘We’re all tightening our belts in Britain and yet our money continues to flow into bullfights and blood fiestas across Spain ,’ says Jaqueline Foster, Conservative MEP and vice-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. ‘The Spanish can support these fiestas with their own money, if they want to, but there’s absolutely no way they should be using ours to do so. I have been unable to find a single good reason why we are being forced to pay for these horrible sports.’

I decided to delve into the EU’s Byzantine bureaucracy to find out why it is spending so much of our money supporting blood fiestas and why it appears resolutely determined to carry on doing so. And, perhaps predictably, it turned into a tale of bungling, patronage and, some might say, corruption. The trail begins 100 miles west of Madrid at Finca Valdeolivas, the farm that bred Platanito. It’s a lavish estate set in beautiful countryside owned by the Gil family.  Judging by the number of expensive cars and pick-up trucks parked in their driveway, they must be one of the richest families in the area. Finca Valdeolivas is in the heart of Spain ’s fighting bull country and it’s clear the Gils are taking full advantage of it. 

Hundreds of the animals graze contentedly in the long shadows cast by cork and oak trees. Sleek Andalusian thoroughbred horses, raised as the mounts for bullfighting picadores, lie in nearby sun-drenched fields. It is a rural idyll — and one largely funded by northern European taxpayers.  I tried to talk to Don Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, head of the family that owns the Finca, but he declined to answer my questions. I was, however, able to examine the EU’s accounts and discover that Finca Valdeolivas received at least £139,000 in subsidies last year. It is impossible to say what proportion of this money directly supported the rearing of bulls for blood fiestas, but the farm certainly seems to specialise in breeding them.

The majority of the money flowing into Finca Valdeolivas is from the Common Agricultural Policy’s Single Farm Payment scheme.  This pays landowners a fee for managing the land, leaving them free to farm it in any way they choose. The idea is to reward landowners for farming less intensively and to cut back on the type of over-production that led to the infamous wine lakes and butter mountains.  This scheme encouraged landowners in Britain to progressively switch to more environmentally friendly farming practices such as organic and freerange. In Spain , farmers are using the money to rear animals for blood fiestas and bullfights.  In effect, every bull they rear for a blood fiesta earns them £183 for every year of its life. The EU rewarded Finca Valdeolivas with £915 for breeding Platanito for the Toro de la Vega. Given that Spain sacrifices at least 40,000 bulls a year, the EU’s annual subsidy to the industry totals almost £37 million.  Since the new subsidy scheme was introduced in 2005, the EU has spent £185 million supporting blood fiestas and bullfighting. By the end of next year, the total will likely top a quarter of a billion pounds. But even this is likely to be the tip of an iceberg, as the exact subsidy figures are disguised within the EU’s maze of bureaucracy. Spain receives £4.3 billion in agricultural support every year. Campaigners fear that a significant proportion of this is siphoned off to provide more animals for fiestas across the country.  Spanish towns and cities also receive an array of grants to help them preserve their cultural heritage.

The country now receives £1.1 billion a year from the EU’s Rural Development  Programme, for example, a proportion of which is being used to renovate bullrings. In the towns of Haro, in the province of Rioja , and Toro, in Zamora , the EU is so proud of its support that it has erected big signs outside the bullrings highlighting its contribution.  It’s virtually impossible to find out exactly how much is funnelled into bloodsports through such grants because the EU cannot, or will not, divulge how it spends its money. Northern European taxpayers are not just helping pay for bulls for blood fiestas but also for cows, goats, chickens and geese, too. 

Up to 15,000 towns and villages sacrifice animals as centrepieces of their fiestas — often out of the gaze of tourists and the media. Some involve hanging chickens upside down by their feet on washing lines while townfolk ride underneath and pull their heads off to win prizes. Another involves placing chickens in boxes with their heads poking out of the top. Local men and boys then chop off as many heads as possible while blindfolded. In yet another fiesta, birds are sealed inside clay pots and stoned to death. Although such cruel games are now theoretically banned, they are still common throughout Spain . This may be because the country’s animal welfare laws have one curious exemption: animals may be mistreated so long as it’s necessary for the smooth running of a fiesta.

Even if a blood fiesta does not involve the immediate death of an animal, it can still inflict grotesque cruelty.  Next month, for example, Spain ’s fire-bull festivals begin. In these, burning balls of wax and paraffin are attached to a bull’s horns and the terrified animal is chased through the streets. Most survive, but they often suffer horrific injuries.

For its part, the European Commission (the executive body of the EU) says it genuinely does not know how much money it is pumping into Spanish blood fiestas.  ‘The member states and our cultural partners are responsible for selecting the projects that we fund,’ said a spokesman for the European Commission.  ‘We do not know, for example, if a bullring that has been renovated with our help is being used to host bullfights or not.’ Perhaps this attitude is not surprising, as the EU’s accounts are notoriously opaque. Independent auditors have thrown out the EU’s accounts for 13 out of the past 15 years because they failed to provide ‘a true and fair account’ of its spending.  Auditors generally use such phrases to signal either incompetence or corruption — or both.  ‘It’s impossible to say how much money is being siphoned off,’ says Tony Moore, director of the British charity Fight Against Animal Cruelty In Europe.  ‘Blood fiesta organisers certainly think it’s a lot. They tell me that in the past they could only afford to sacrifice one or two animals whereas now they can torture and kill ten.’ He notes that support for the fiestas and bullfighting exists throughout the upper reaches of the EU. 

The Portuguese President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso is a keen supporter. He overturned Portugal ’s 76-year-old ban on ‘death bullfighting’ when he was the country’s prime minister. Animal welfare campaigners fear that if the blood fiestas gain the official European seal of approval then the EU will start pouring even more money into them.  Ironically, just as MEPs are calling for enhanced support for bullfighting and blood fiestas, the Spanish are increasingly turning against them. One recent poll found that 60 per cent of people opposed bullfighting.  Another suggested that only a quarter had any interest in it and that such support is largely confined to older generations. This gradual shift in attitudes came to the fore in July when Catalonia ’s regional parliament voted to ban bullfighting.  The ban has shocked many old school Spaniards who are keen to dismiss it as no more than a bid by the independent-minded region to carve out its own distinct identity. They insist that bullfighting and blood fiestas such as the Toro de la Vega are not cruel.  Instead, they claim that it’s a beautiful form of art that is central to Spanish culture. When I watched Platanito die last week I saw no evidence of the beautiful art and rich culture that Spain is famous for.  What I saw was a celebration of mob rule, of cruelty, of wickedness, even. As I watched Platanito’s eyes close for the last time, I felt sick to my stomach to know that I had helped pay for his death with my taxes — just as you had too.

CAS International and PACMA produce video about cruel fiesta Toro de la Vega

CAS International and the Spanish political party for the animals PACMA produced a video about the cruel fiesta Toro de la Vega in Tordesillas , Spain .

The video contains images of our joint demonstration on 12 September 2010 in Tordesillas, but also of the torture and killing of bull Platanito, who was stabbed to death with lances by more than 100 men on horse and on foot on 14 September 2010.

Please watch the video on (contains shocking images) and share it with others.

Cruelty in Cordoba/Jaen

The Andalusian city of Cordoba has been nominated for European Capital of Culture, yet they still torture bulls in the name of tradition and tourism interest. Have a look at this video  

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What goes around, comes around I always say!!!

On the 22 May 2010 Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio wasgored through the neck and mouth. The matador slipped in a bullring, fell to the ground and a 1,168 pound (530-kilogram) bull drove his right horn through Aparicio’s throat and out his mouth. Not surprisingly, Aparicio spent several hours in surgery reconstructing his jaw and throat. He is now in stable condition or um, as stable as somebody could be after an incident like that. I’m going to go out on a limb and say his bullfighting days might be over.

LATEST NEWS - A Madrid hospital says Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio has returned to intensive care and is fighting an infection after a horrific goring in the throat by a bull. Aparicio had left the unit and was recovering well on Monday following surgery to reconstruct his throat, mouth and palate, but outbreak of an infection forced a return to the unit where doctors placed him on mechanically assisted breathing, October 12 Hospital said. In a statement released Saturday the hospital says Aparicio is now breathing normally and it describes his condition as “grave” but stable. (WHAT A SHAME!!!!)

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July 2010

Campaign against "Bulls forced into sea", bous a la mar

The Valencian town of Dénia works itself up into a frenzy for the much-anticipated Toros/Bous a la Mar. This bull running extravaganza is staged annually to commemorate the Day of the Sacred Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (el Día de la Santísima a Sangre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo).
There can't be many Christian communities who choose to venerate Jesus Christ by holding a bull run in the local harbour.
This outrage happens every year between the 3rd and 11th July.
It's not the first time that bulls die either drowned or by other causes, also they are chased with sticks and kicked.
Please send protest emails to the authorities listed below.
Write a polite letter in your own language because it will have more impact.

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27 June 2010


This is an email forwarded to us by our UK contact Sharon Hopkins - I have just finished reading Pilar's last message about Ángel, the doggie she and her colleagues at the shelter rescued last week, and he is a little better. He was found in the street of one of the blackest spots of Spain as far as cruelty to animals is concerned: Extremadura. Here they often go one step up from cruelty, they are true sadists and what they can do to the animals there is unimaginable, only monsters that look like humans but are not, cannot be, would devise the different kinds of hell they put the animals in. The names of their unspeakable places of torture and slow deaths: pudrideros (places to rot in), el tranco (the step), ahorcaderas (places to hang them in ) still exist and are used in this part of Spain , no matter what the Spanish government says!  Angel escaped from one of such places. In his case they had put a piece of wood in his mouth in a way to cause a very slow and dreadful death, mostly done to greyhounds we are told.

Angel's mouth was totally infected by the splinters that got embedded when he desperately fought to get the wood out of his mouth but his body was also badly dehydrated, anaemic, wounded and infected and the worst part perhaps, when the ladies got close to him he lifted his head that was hanging to the ground while he dragged one of his legs, and cried and screamed in sheer terror that would not stop, pitifully fighting to get away. A man, perhaps his tormentor, laughed at them with great amusement and said "he´s only an old and mangy dog!" It makes one wonder what people like that would to do to  their own grandparents if they could, as they believe that being old and sick is a good reason to being sadistically tortured to death.

This is one of the many stories I received from Spain in just one day, by the way, and most of them would make the news in other countries; in Spain no-one is interested. Among all the other horror from last week another comes to mind about a small dog burnt alive in Seville . Seville is in Andalusia , not Extremadura  but close and with a similar culture of extreme cruelty to animals. In what it probably was a dispute among gypsies they burned down a horse carriage. The small dog that was tied to it suffered burns in half her body. Two other dogs bit the ropes and escaped. The horse was knifed many times. According to a witness this happened FIVE days before the animals were found by animal rescuers! The dog is in very serious condition at a clinic. The horse had to be put down. I will spare you the graphic material but I can send it to you on request.

My point is, I keep hearing from visitors to Spain that "things are better now" in regards to animal welfare  and many actually believe the standard statements the government sends out to anyone complaining. As someone that has been working in the Spanish animal protection area for many years and who has contacts all over Spain I can info rm you that things are NOT getting better in that country. The animal defenders in Spain need us desperately, please write to the Spanish embassy in your country and ask for the strenghening of the penal code and for more protection and respect for animals everywhere in the nation through school programs. Below a sample letter in Spanish that you can use if you wish.


Sample letter to the Spanish Embassy - 

De mi mayor consideración:

Es con horror que seguimos recibiendo innumerables noticias de tortura y muerte de perros, gatos, equinos, etc desde su país. Por este medio le instamos a endurecer el código penal, a poner más personal en el SEPRONA y a incluir un programa de sensibilización hacia los animales en las escuelas primarias. No podemos tolerar la tortura y el sadismo con los animales en su país , preferimos tomar nuestras vacaciones en  lugares más civilizados.





It is with horror that we continue to receive so many news of torture and death of dogs, cats, equines etc from your country. We ask you to harden the penal code, add members to the Seprona (body of the police that deals with animal and environmental crime) and include programs of animal awareness in your primary schools.  We cannot tolerate the torture and sadism to aniamls in your country and prefer to spend our holidays in more civilized places.

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30 June 2010

Latest photos of ANGEL being treated at the vets

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11 June 2010


This week, the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary’s Spanish counterpart have successfully banned donkeys being used at an annual beach festival in Sanlúcar de Barrameda in southern Spain, in which they were being abused by drunken revellers.

El Refugio del Burrito and three other Spanish animal welfare associations united in a moral battle to stop donkeys being used during the Feria de la Manzanilla festival, where party goers were renting the animals illegally from unscrupulous owners, and then riding the donkeys and subjecting them to cruelty and torment throughout the night.

Evidence in the form of photographs and films were presented in April to a council representative for local festivals in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Refugio del Burrito was there to highlight the plight of the donkeys and ask for a ban to be introduced. The meeting resulted in the ban of donkeys on the beach and, this year the festival went ahead without the donkeys.

Iván Salvía, El Refugio del Burrito’s general manager who played a key role in this campaign says: “We are so pleased we have been successful in stopping what was a horrific ordeal for the 30 or so donkeys involved in this festival, and that it was made possible by a united collaboration with other animal welfare associations. Now we can try and stop similar cases in Spain, helping to protect many more donkeys in the future."

El Refugio del Burrito is based in Fuente de Piedra and has provided a Sanctuary for life to more than 200 donkeys in Spain. It is part of The Donkey Sanctuary which aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare needs worldwide.

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1st June 2010

Cruelty at local Fiesta

Alhaurín el Grande City Council declares that the death of the calf was not barbarism, but "the collision with another heifer . "

OUR eyes deceive us !

Apparently , what we see is irrelevant unless countersigned by the " appreciation " TOWN HALL

.Team Press Government of the City of Alhaurin el Grande in relation to the spectacle of the release of heifers

The Mayor of Alhaurín el Grande , Juan Martin Seron , announced that henceforth prohibited the traditional release of heifers in the May Fair . The lack of proven means to prevent unscrupulous few take over the plaza de toros , forces us to take measures to prevent damage to both animals and people. The lack of troops from both the Civil Guard , and the Local Police to an event where thousands of people, an obligation to punish after the fact, which is inevitable with certain behaviors , so it is advisable to take a measure of prevention, can not be other than to stop carrying out this type of celebration .

We want to clarify that in this celebration of bullfighting is not no cow killing , and that death was caused by the collision between two heifers , but little did exist some decent behavior of a minority that does great harm to the image of an entire people .
There was some unscrupulous , but were significantly more young people jumped to remove the cow and try to save his life, the Mayor has stated that " this time is the youth who want , those who voluntarily risked to take the heifer of the square .
The Mayor said that for several years, the government team is considering banning the festivities and added that " it is time to end such insecurity , "" no more heifers, we must be sensitive to people who horrified by these acts , are not good examples for our youth. "

the mayor also said that "when the authorities can not control a public event forbid what is best and that's what we do, there will be no release of heifers . "

The mayor also said that "one of the best fairs of Andalusia as is the Alhaurín el Grande can not be tarnished by acts like this, that produce insecurity for both people and for animals . "
Finally, we want to show that at the request of the Mayor have been informed by the Civil Guard , which has proceeded to the identification of several people, who are likely to be sanctioned for his abusive attitude toward animals , which we thank the security forces , which always have done what was in his hand.

Alhaurin el Grande May 31, 2010

As for the promise of "prohibiting the traditional loose heifers at the fair in May, " We will talk about next year because the animals do not move us the promises we deal with facts.

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ANIMAL HELL near Cartama, Malaga

On Wednesday evening 17th March Janice from A.I.D. received a phone call from a friend in Sexmo, Cartama, Malaga about her concern for a large number of animals that seem to have been left unattended for 2 - 3 weeks and which she had been feeding the last couple of days (little did they both know what was about to unfold), The following morning Janice arrived with a foster home (Peter & Ann) and they were going take away a few chickens and five rabbits (so they thought).

This is as Janice describes what she found - This place could only be described a rag and bones come builders yard. The town hall vet arrived shortly after we got there and apparently he had been there with the police the previous day. The vet said to us 'Have you seen the pigs and the dogs?' I then proceeded to an inner court yard full of rubbish and derelict buildings, where I found two pot bellied pigs (one was a pregnant female), two dogs chained inside a filthy pig pen and three puppies running around loose . The vet said that the owner was a drug addict and had gone to jail for 10 years and that I could take whatever animals I wanted to save and then he left? As we entered it became obvious that there was something else on the right hand side, this turned out to be another made up shack, which contained another load of rabbits. To our left was a load of rubbish, sinks and baths, which we climbed trough and led to a ramshackled area only to find more chickens, a bantem and a duck. We put them into a large dog carrier and into the car.

This hell hole was littered with rubbish and mountains of clothes. We were fighting our way through, we found filthy cages with green moulded bread, which also contained remains of long dead animals, we entered a room full of rubbish of every description and a wall full of small dark enclosures that contained live rabbits. We had to climb up some containers to reach the rabbits on the top enclosures. As we investigated further we came across 4 bird cages with 3 live zebra finches amongst several decomposing bodies. I then pushed my way into another room, which on one side had piles of sheep's wool and old fridges an rabbit hatches with rabbits that had been dead for a long time and then went into another derelict area, which had what looked like sword fish heads hanging from a beam. There were other rabbit hatches but there was only one live rabbit as the others were dead so Pete took the rabbit back to where they had boxed up other rabbits.

I went on and came a across a filthy made up glass enclosure full of rubbish and on sliding up the front, I found inside a starving Iguana of about 1m long and very weak on it's back legs. I phoned Bill a friend of mine, which I knew would be interested and he came very quickly to collect the Iguana. On his arrival he was so discussed and shocked at what he saw that he stayed to help us. We then went into the area where the pigs wereand there was another dark area full of made up pens containing live rabbits. Next to that was another door and when I opened it I found rows of 25lt plastic containers with the tops cut out and a whole made on the side for a water container to go into. The bottom of the containers was full of shucks and fur, which is all that remained from long dead hamsters, which is where they lived. We pulled out 8-10 hamsters but one died in my hands on the way to the car.

We run out of things to put animals in so we put water down for the animals as well as grass that we cut and a few carrots from a neighbour and we also fed and watered the pigs and dogs. My van was full of animals and could not take anymore so we left everything as we thought with food and water. The following day Friday 19th March we returned to pick up the remaining rabbits and I had another look at the previous areas again and found a door that had been overlooked and had a bar across it, which gave me a terrible feeling. I entered and found the floor littered with rubbish and dead carcasses of guinea pigs. Five guinea pigs were still alive as well as a white rabbit, all very thin. There were other containers in there with dead animals inside.

We returned to where there were some large top loading freezers that we had not looked at and when we slid the lid across the smell was overpowering. One of the freezer was not turned on and inside it was nearly full of a black liquid, which was the result of loads of decaying carcasses. We opened another freezer which was working and it was full of dead guinea pigs, which at a later dated could have probably been skinned for the fur trade to make the little kitten and cats in a basket that you find on the coast for the tourist trade and looks like this animals could have been bred to raise money for the drug trade. This was something that I was dreading but expecting to find. While I was still in the premises I phoned Heart fm radio station and they put out an urgent appeal for homes for the surviving animals and also for rabbit hatches.

The rest of my day was spent looking for homes and between us we managed to home the surviving guinea pigs and some of the rabbits. I took the three puppies to the vets as they were full of ticks and needed to be checked over. The puppies have since gone to my friend's rescue centre in Fuengirola and one has found a home already.

On Monday 22nd of March a kind Spanish gentleman will be arriving with a horse box and we have contacted several volunteers to give us a hand to load up the pigs as they are about 40 - 50 kg each and we don’t know how they will react.

On a last note: Unfortunately and we are very sad to say this type of rescue is not uncommon and as you go further Inland all types of animals suffer from this sort of conditions.

This tragedy has had an impact on all that have been involved in the rescue as they did not realise that this sort of thing was happening and also so close to home.

On behalf of all these poor little souls Jan & Joe from Animals In Distress wish to thank all the people involved in this case. which includes Pete & Ann, Linda, Bill & Vee, Amanda, our associate friend Pat from F.A.M.A. dog rescue, Concordia from CYD Santa Maria horse rescue and Heartfm radio. Everyone was wonderful in what they did.

Some other photos of what we encountered on arrival

Lots of fur from decaying bodies.


9 live chickens were rescued from this box




Few remaining rabbits without food or water

Dead rabbits

More Dead rabbit

Frozen chicken amongst the Guinea pigs.


Freezers full of dead Guinea pigs


Plastic containers used as housing for the hamsters




Remains of an animal in one of the containers


Decomposed bodies all over the floor


Floor littered with bits of fur from dead animals






Dead hamsters



Swordfish heads?


Very thin Bodeguero


Puppy chained up wih very stale bread on the floor


Pregnant female pot bellied pig


Male pot bellied pig



Photos of some of the first few animals placed in emergency foster homes

Unloading the two pigs to their new quarters
Pregnant female and very thin male

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An outstanding British woman, Vicki Moore, made frequent trips to Spain to record and photograph unbelievable and sadistic cruelty to bulls, goats, geese and chickens, donkeys, cattle, rabbits, pigs, squirrels, etc. all in the name of "fiesta", i.e. celebration.

Donkeys are crushed to death by masses of people leaning on them.
Goats are dropped from windows and landings high off the ground, and if not caught, they land on the hard pavement below.
Chickens and geese are hung by their feet as riders on horseback rip off their heads.
Bulls are speared and their horns set ablaze for the purpose of enraging them to fight while weakening them to make them "more on the level" of the matador, obviously so he will win.
Bulls are castrated "for fun". Some are drowned.
After the torture, the bulls are killed.

Vicki Moore's fervor concerning this issue actually took her life as she tried to defend a bull being tortured, which unfortunately then turned its rage against her. Though she survived the initial attack, 5 years later her injuries caused her death. However, during those remaining years of her life, she remained steadfast in her belief that a stand had to be taken against the Spanish traditions involving the torture and killing of innocent animals. Harboring no ill-will for the unfortunate, tormented bull that gored her, she persisted in her efforts to educate the public and in her attempts to stop Spain's animal cruelty.

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28 February 2008

Allegations of animal cruelty in Spain

Two members of the Partido Popular are expelled from the party after photos of them killing cats appear on the Internet. It comes as a charity launches a webpage alleging cruelty in Spanish abattoirs.

The Partido Popular youth section, ‘Nuevas Generaciones’ has decided to expel two of the party’s candidates on the local election lists in Talavera de la Reina, in Toledo.

Jaime Ferrero and Carlos Vázquez were photographed grinning from ear to ear after having killed at least six cats, with the image appearing on a social site on the Internet. A member of the public decided to alert an animal protection association which has now placed a denuncia against the two men. Article 337 of the penal code means that those who ill-treat animals and show doing so unjustifiably can face upto three years in prison.

It comes as another charity, ‘Igualdad Animal’, has denounced what it describes as torture in some of the abattoirs in Spain.
They allege that animals earmarked for slaughter often face days without food and some cattle suffer greatly before death. On the webpage the charity also shows rabbits being given an electric shock ahead of having their throats cut. They show videos of alleged illegal practice against cattle, lambs, rabbits and pigs in abattoirs in the Valencia region.

The Spanish meat industry has denied that animals suffer pain when killed. A spokesman for the Meat Industry Association in Spain, claimed that for food chain reasons the meat industry was one of the most controlled.

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GREYHOUNDS(Galgos) Hanged in Spain


Animal rights campaigners have criticised Spain for what it says is the widespread practice of killing hunting dogs.

The World Society for the Protection of Animal says tens of thousands of Spanish racing dogs, known as galgos, are hanged every year following the end of the hunting season.

The WSPA says it found dead dogs with nooses around their necks dumped in shallow graves or their corpses left hanging from trees.

According to the charity, dogs that did badly in the hunting season were hanged with a low noose.

Faster death
The practice was known as the "piano player" because the dogs would frantically scrabble their legs in an effort to reach the ground.
Dogs which had hunted well were given a faster death by being hanged higher up.

A spokesman for the charity said it was scandalous that Spain, which holds the current presidency of the European Union, should allow such cruelty and abuse of animals.

The WSPA has written to the Spanish Government, calling on it to finally adopt an animal welfare law that would outlaw such cruelty.

Mutilated dogs Just last week a group of MPs and animal rights campaigners managed to win a debate in parliament on the issue but they lost the vote on changing the penal code to make cruelty to animals a crime punishable by a prison sentence.

The campaign was prompted by the discovery of 15 mutilated dogs in the district of Tarragona in November last year. 

A Spanish animal welfare organisation, Altarriba Foundation, collected 600,000
signatures supporting a change in the law.
But in Spain the whole concept of animal rights has yet to make an impact on society.

For example, the national fiesta or bullfighting remains popular, although there is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that younger people are less in favour.




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