Sunday, January 22, 2012

Animal cruelty going unchecked.

The European Union has more legislation than you can poke a stick at. It seems to cover every aspect of daily life, even to the most pedantic detail.

One of the areas subject to a huge amount of detailed legislation is animal welfare.

Yet Spain is allowed to continue with its traditional barbaric treatment of bulls.

Apart from the inhumane slaughter of the animals in bullfights there's another inexcusable tradition that's long overdue for banning, reported today by AP. It's news because a man was fatally gored by a terrified animal during a 'flaming bull' festival.

"Many towns in east and northeastern Spain celebrate feasts with "toros embolados," or "flaming bulls," which feature the animals racing around, shaking their heads as a reaction to flames or fireworks attached onto or close to their horns."

Just look at this:

A reveller releases a bull with flaming horns during a Spanish festival. Photo: AP

I find it hard to believe that a modern, advance and civilised country hasn't banned such barbaric treatment of animals. And that the EU allows one of its members to continue with this mistreatment.

I read it in the Sydney Morning Herald. You can read the full report here.

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