In Spain, the Party against animal abuse (PACMA) has published a video that shows a horse “collapsing from exhaustion” after being forced to drag a car loaded with sacks along a sand track during a shooting and drag test held in August 2019 in the Valencian town of Riba-roja de Túria, east of the country.
According to this match, the images represent “another sign that animal abuse in shooting and drag is the norm, not the exception.”
THIS is what the Generalitat Valenciana supports, year after year, a government that claims to be progressive. How long will they allow this terrible and continued abuse?
Heavy blows on the snout, belly, testicles … PACMA has just denounced and made public another cruel practice with animals: the shooting and drag competitions that are held in several municipalities of Valencia.
The Partido Animalista Contra el Maltrato Animal (PACMA) has filed several complaints with the Generalitat Valenciana and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for the “systematized abuse” to which horses are subjected to the shooting and drag shows.
PACMA has once again documented the mistreatment of horses used in draft and drag. PACMA activists recorded on Sunday August 11, 2019 in the Valencian population of Riba-roja de Túria how a horse collapsed from exhaustion after being forced to drag a car loaded with sacks along a sand track.
This video is another sign that animal abuse in shooting and drag is the norm, not the exception. We have been almost a year without going to document any shooting and drag championship, and in the first one we have been after all this time we have witnessed images that blood the heart of anyone who has a minimum of empathy and respect for animals.
Two years ago, some very hard images were recorded in several shooting and drag championships in different Valencian towns, which collected punches in the head of the horses, blows in the testicles, kicks, insults …
When asked about it, the Mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, said that there are “culture-based” practices that the authorities do not want to “prohibit”. However, he said that his community is trying to “gradually suppress all elements associated with animal aggression because it is in line with people’s new ways of thinking,” the La Vanguardia newspaper said.
Since then, the world of shooting and pulling has tried to defend itself against the criticism of public opinion, arguing that animal abuse and use of the tail to “motivate” horses are no longer allowed.
However, all of this is nothing more than a mere excuse, because pulling in itself is animal abuse. Even if the animal is not beaten during the test, it is violent if the horse is forced to pull a car on a dirt track that weighs three times more than its weight and at a temperature of 40 degrees.
Today the controversy continues about this cruelty which the Valencian authorities consider to be a sport and which is subsidized by public funds.
PACMA will continue denouncing this practice and claiming before the Generalitat Valenciana the end of the use of horses for the fun of a few psychopaths.
And I mean: The worst shame of mankind is the preservation of a tradition when it is associated with the torture or even the death of an animal. In most countries it is considered as “necessary” and “justified” torturing and killing an animal in the name of tradition, but today are only the economic interests that keep a tradition alive.
Especially in Spain, only the subsidized coffers of this bankrupt country would look pretty poor, if Spain abolished all of its traditional animal torture fiestas.
My best regards to all, Venus