Today Thi Thuy from Facebook sent me this petition on Avaaz asking the Mexican government to stop the cruelty of eviscerating horses for fun.
I know there are compassionate Latinos. One day I hope their voices will be heard in this regard and in any and all other cruel events involving animals. Recently in Barcelona, their voices were heard and bull fights are no longer allowed there. God bless these caring people.
Sadly however, bull fighting is still allowed in most parts of Spain and probably Mexico. In Spain I read that at one time even young children were encouraged to dart bulls -with darts made by Spanish nuns no less. Whether this practice still exists, I don't know, but that it ever did is a blight on the people of Spain for allowing and condoning this cruelty to one of God's innocent creatures.
Sadly, the bull is not the only animal to know suffering from them. I also read that at one of their religious festivals they threw a donkey off a roof. And then there are contests where men on horseback also engage in animal cruelty by riding at top speed while trying to lop off the heads of live hanging geese. How they can believe that God is pleased with this animal cruelty always mystifies and astounds me.
And some years ago I also found out that in some places in Spain - bulls will suffer again at their hands- though this time not in the ring. The villagers in the place where this cruelty is practiced light the horns of a captive bull and chase him through the streets until I imagine the flaming horns finally engulf him and he dies a very cruel death being burned alive. This is cruelty-plain and simple and yet it probably goes on year after year.
THE PETITION EXPLAINED:
"Horses eviscerated alive for fun. The pain and suffering inflicted on the
horse is immense. The fact that this is a "public event" witnessed by all, including children is very harmful to all. THIS EVENT TEACHES THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY IS FUN. They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a "rodeo" type event- "Torneo de Lazo where bulls ram horses and then eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES. These horses usually collapse and while
still alive- continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses.)"
Can you believe this? Bulls are trained to ram horses? It made me think of two things- the first recalling the gladiators of ancient Rome, who for the enjoyment of a cruel, blood-thirsty crowd inflicted pain and final death to the unlucky ones followed by the the thunderous roar of applause from an uncaring and cruel viewing populace. I thought this type of cruelty was dead. Sadly, it is alive and well wherever people find pleasure in the suffering of either innocent people or animals as in this case with the horses.
The second relating experience is that of our poor pit bulls who are viciously trained to do that which is also not natural to them as I am sure it is unnatural for the bulls to ram horses at this cruel rodeo in Yucatan. Concerning pit bulls, I can't believe that God made them inherently vicious. I think man is guilty of that - turning these poor dogs into biting machines. And I do believe that those lucky pit bulls who are rescued and rehabilitated, find good homes where they become the gentle dogs my nephew has had for years.
Sadly, even though this event is against the law, the Mexican government or local authorites do nothing to stop it And worse yet- this event takes place state wide all year long.
This is part of the well- crafted petition:
"To the president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieta. Mr. President, you can stop this. For the sake of Mexico you need to stop the "Torneo de Lazo" in Yucatan. To witness this level of violence promotes more violence. Your country is already punished by an ever increasing wave of violence ...Tourism in Mexico is suffering the effects of this violence by the
decreasing numbers of tourists visiting Mexico because of it. ...Besides repairing Mexico's image, this is the decent and humane thing to do....."