Bullfighting on a rope causes distress

This bull with a broken horn was photographed in Godelleta Credit: AnimaNaturalis X

The bull running in Pamplona during San Fermin gathers a lot of criticism but other similar events are also taking place on a regular basis and get ignored.

Animal activists, AnimaNaturalis and Cas have highlighted the celebration in the tiny municipality of Godelleta, Valencia  which has a population of just over 4,000.

Bull fighting on a rope

Spending around €100,000 on annual bullfights, the actual method and is known as bullfighting on a rope consists of releasing a bull with one or several ropes tied to its head to control its movements and attacks.

The activists claim that this is one of the most distressing spectacles in bullfighting  for the animal as prior to being released in the streets it’s movements are limited for a considerable time.

They assert that before being released into the streets, the animal is provoked with electric shocks and hit with sticks to make it more aggressive, but at each charge it is stopped by the ropes.

Safer for children

During the actual event, the bull is forced to run on asphalt, charging against stone walls, metal fences, cars and traffic signs but because of the control over the animal it is considered safer for those taking part and even children can be involved.

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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing newsdesk@euroweeklynews.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews


    • John Hughes

      11 July 2024 • 11:15

      Is this really the best EWN can do in what appears to be condoning this extreme cruelty? Maybe take a stand by educating the masses on animal welfare.

      • John Smith

        11 July 2024 • 13:00

        The article doesn’t in anyway condone animal cruelty but actually makes a point of alerting readers to the harrowing reality of this type of treatment of bulls and the fact that activist groups are fighting against it.

        • D Bath

          11 July 2024 • 13:29

          I abhor any kind of animal cruelty, but your article seemed objective to me. In fact, we could use more objective journalism these days.

    • Brian

      11 July 2024 • 13:19

      I cannot understand the mentality of people who view, encourage and/or take part in any form of cruelty (mental or physical) to animals (or to people!). Sick does not come near enough to describe them!

    • Vinci

      11 July 2024 • 14:02

      I think it is time Spain looked at these events and realise that the world is changing its attitude to sports that cause distress to animals. When I first went to Spain in the sixties I did go to a bullfight and was excited and amazed by it. But times have changed and we have a greater awareness and understanding of animal behaviour and our attitude towards them. We have been educated. So many animal species have been shown to have empathy and caring for others. So Spain, a much visited and loved country needs to have a rethink. Just saying.


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