Bulls controversy

Bous a la Mar

Denia´s infamous Bous a la Mar celebration has been revised after the rise in protest demonstrations.

Bous a la Mar is Denia´s infamous festival of bullfighting which takes the animals into the sea every July of the year.

Last year, an incident in which a bull died from drowning, caught the attention and criticism from international press and animal welfare associations. Many have urged the local authorities to terminate the celebration.

Now, the local government finally spoke out, announcing changes to this year’s programme.

Denia´s Festival Councilor stated: “It is not the time to remove the bulls completely,” but changes have been made.

This July, the Bous a la Mar, will no longer take place during the day from 12pm until 2pm, as the hot weather conditions can negatively affect the animals. Moreover, there will be no afternoon celebration on Sunday during the Festa Major.

Felix Redondo, the Councilor of the municipal Vox group, emphasised the significance of the celebration, urging people to, “take into account the tourist impact” that this event has on the town.

Denia´s Mayor, Vicent Grimalt spoke out about the changes, stating that the celebration has to “evolve.”

Bous a la Mar in Denia 

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Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.


    • Wietse Haak

      18 March 2024 • 12:15

      There is no way you can describe a “fiesta” if there are animals suffering. Spain has enough possibilities to celebrate fiestas as they have great food and music. So we have to stop torturing animals for “fun”. How can anyone in their right mind enjoy the suffering and death of living beings?

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